Swedish Bear Steak

This past season I spent a lot of time hunting bears. I had several encounters and even a shot opportunity. I am new to archery and flubbed it. Thankfully a good friend harvested a bear and gifted us some meat!

Among the assortment of cuts we were given were two steaks. Bear taste and texture can vary widely from bear to bear. Environmental conditions, diet and field care after the shot can also affect texture and flavor. I wanted to be sure these steaks were excellent, but without losing the meat in the dish. My idea was Swedish style steak.

My mom used to cook Swedish Steak, and I remember it fondly. Adapting that dish to bear seemed a natural compliment. And it was. The meat was flavorful and went well with the tomato based gravy. It was also incredibly tender. I can’t wait to make this again!

Swedish Bear Steak

We used an instant pot for this recipe, but you can also use a slow cooker. I recommend 4-5 hours cook time in the slow cooker, otherwise the process is pretty much the same!

We added some green beans to the pot as well. You can too!

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time1 hr
  • Total Time1 hr 15 min
  • Cooking Method
    • Searing
    • Braising
    • Instant Pot
    • Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs bear steaks
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp meat tenderizer
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion
  • 1 cup low sodium broth (beef, bear, venison, etc)
  • 3/4 crushed tomatoes
  • small bunch fresh sage (whole)
  • small bunch fresh thyme (whole)

Method

1

Pound bear steaks thin

 

2

Tenderize with meat tenderizer

 

3

Season steaks with garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper

4

Dredge both sides of steaks with corn starch

5

Heat olive oil in skillet

6

Cook onions in olive oil until translucent, about 3 mins

7

Sear bear steaks quickly, with onions

8

Place thyme and sage in bottom of instant pot

9

Place steaks and onions on top of herbs

10

Deglaze the skillet with some beef broth

11

Add broth to instant pot

12

Add remainder of beef broth to instant pot

13

Add tomatoes to instant pot. DO NOT STIR!

14

Place lid on pot, seal and PRESSURE COOK for 45 minutes. After cook time, allow for 15 minute natural release.

15

Remove the steaks from the instant pot and discard the herbs

16

You can make a thicker gravy by using the saute option on the instant pot, after removing the steaks, and reduce sauce.

17

Pour sauce over steak and serve with rice!

TJ

TJ

TJ is an avid outdoorsman, with a strong interest in conservation of all species and the preservation of our public lands.

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