Venison Steak and Bok Choy Stir Fry

I went to the Asian grocery market to get some fresh sushi grade tuna, and some quail eggs for my tuna tartare recipe.  I see this bok choy all over the place, and I saw it in Chinatown San Francisco last weekend and it got me wondering why the Chinese culture loves bok choy.  So I grabbed some baby bok choy, and my friend Todd says to me “what are you going to do with that?”  I replied “I don’t know yet, but it has to be good.”  I got home, and hit my library of cooking books to try to find something interesting that I could play off of.  I couldn’t find anything with venison and bok choy, but here is my rendition of a Chinese stir fry recipe.

Baby Bok Choy
Baby Bok Choy

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Course sea salt and ground pepper.
  • 1-1.5 pounds of venison back strap (I soak it in buttermilk the night before)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 baby bok choy, cut 1 inch thick crosswise
  • 4 medium carrots, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • Cooking rice for serving
  • 1/4 cup of peanuts chopped

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, vinegar, peanut butter, honey, and garlic; season with pepper.

Cut your bok choy and make the sauce
Cut your bok choy and make the sauce

Cut your bok choy in 1/4’s lengthwise, as well as the carrots.  Be very careful at this point, I had no ideas that bok choy brings the monkeys running to the kitchen.

Monkey in my kitchen
Monkey in my kitchen

Cut venison into 1/2 thick and 3 inch long pieces.  In a bowl toss venison with cornstarch then season with salt and pepper.

The cornstarch gives the venison a strange color but do not panic.  This is normal
The cornstarch gives the venison a strange color but do not panic. This is normal

I am going to throw a shout out to one of the best salt companies in the world.  It is made in Netarts, Oregon and is a fast growing tool for chefs throughout the world.  It is a natural sea salt, but has great flavor.  You can order it on-line.

Jacobsen Salt is the best salt you have ever had.
Jacobsen Salt is the best salt you have ever had.

In a large non-stick skillet , heat oil over medium high heat.  Add 1/2 of venison, cook, tossing until browned, 2 minutes.  Do not over cook, just a quick sear. Transfer to plate, and repeat the process on remainder of venison.

Seared and ready for the next phase.
Seared and ready for the next phase.

Add the soy mixture, bok choy, and carrots to the same skillet.  Fight the monkey for the bok choy.

Add the mixture and vegies to the skillet
Add the mixture and veggies to the skillet on Med-Hi heat.

Cover the skillet, cook, tossing, until tender, around 4-5 minutes.  Return the venison and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add the venison to the skillet.
Add the venison to the skillet.

Serve to a serving dish, and sprinkle with nuts.  Serve with rice.

Venison and Bok Choy Stir Fry
Venison and Bok Choy Stir Fry

I hope you enjoy it, just another way to serve venison.  Just make sure to do a quick sear, and not to over cook the venison.  I am going to tell you something, bok choy rocks!!  It renders down and takes on the flavors of the dish beautifully.  I am going to serve some tonight for a dinner as well.

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