Air Fryer Venison Steak Bites

Venison Steak Bites are small pieces of venison tenderloin that has been marinated before cooking in the air fryer. These delicious bites of meat are tender and quick and easy to make.

These venison steak bites are a great appetizer. They can also be enjoyed as part of a main meal with a side of homemade mashed potatoes.

A great recipe for the air fryer

Our whole family loves to eat venison. I grew up eating venison. When I met Grumpy, the first words out of his mouth were “nothing gets in the way of hunting season.” Good thing I was ok with that!

The night I served these venison steak bites, I decided that I wanted to try making them in the air fryer. I have been using the air fryer more often lately. I love how it quickly and easily cooks meat to perfection. It seals the juices inside with the hot air, and the result is a tender, juicy bite sized steak piece.

Whole venison tenderloin on a blue cutting mat with a knife

The venison marinade

You don’t really need a marinade to cook these venison steak bites in the air fryer. They would cook up perfectly delicious with just salt and pepper. The venison tenderloin is a great cut of meat that doesn’t need a marinade to tenderize it.

I used the marinade recipe to add another level of flavor to the venison. The entire family enjoyed this as an appetizer while standing around the kitchen bar. The steak bites disappeared quickly and the consensus was these bite sized pieces of venison tenderloin were delicious!

cut steak pieces in a white bowl with cutting knife to the left

The ingredients for the marinade

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Worcestershire Sauce

Vanilla Extract

Ground Cumin

Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke

Olive Oil

Minced Onion (dried)

Garlic Powder

Balsamic Vinegar

Venison Steak Bites with marinade in a white bowl

How to cook the Venison Steak Bites in a Skillet

This recipe can be made in a cast iron skillet if you don’t own an air fryer. Just follow the steps below:

Heat the cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the butter and let it melt and bubble. Add the venison steak bites to the skillet in a single layer, working in batches to avoid overcrowding. Cook the steak bites until browned on all sides.

cut venison steak pieces in the air fryer prior to cooking

Ingredient substitutions

  • Substitute beef sirloin steak for the venison
  • Substitute maple syrup for the honey
  • Use regular liquid smoke instead of hickory
Venison steak bites on a acia tray with a side of asparagus

Other Air Fryer Recipes you may like

Venison Breakfast Sausage – a touch of maple flavor is sealed in when these breakfast sausages are cooked in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Venison Meatballs – crispy outside, moist inside!

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Cauliflower with Sweet Chili Sauce – the air fryer roasts the cauliflower to perfection with a coating of sweet chili sauce.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce – the best way to get crispy chicken wings!

Pork Loin with Maple Glaze – a delicious roast full of flavor cooked to perfect doneness in the air fryer.

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Chorizo Jalapeno Potato Puffs– a potato side dish or appetizer with a burst of heat made in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Shishito Peppers – simple roasted peppers seasoned with just salt and pepper.

Air Fryer Roast Beef – a delicious herb crust comes out crispy while the inside is cooked to your desired level of doneness.

*If you made this recipe for Venison Steak Bites*

Air Fryer Venison Steak Bites
Yield: 6

Venison Steak Bites - Air Fryer Recipes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet and Spicy bite sized pieces of marinated venison tenderloin cooked in the air fryer.


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon hickory flavored liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • black pepper (optional)
  • 1 lb venison tenderloin, cut into bite sized pieces


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk well to combine.
  2. Pour over venison steak bites and stir to coat.
  3. Allow venison to marinate up to 1 hour.
  4. Remove from marinade and place in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  5. Cook at 400 for 10 minutes, or until venison steak bites are cooked to desired doneness.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 64mgSodium 128mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 18g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

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