How to Cook Buffalo Fillet

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How to Cook Buffalo Fillet
Buffalo meat is very lean and can dry out faster than regular beef. (Bison image by Angelika Bentin from

Your next dinner party or barbecue will be a hit if you serve an exotic meat such as buffalo. If you're tired of regular beef, chicken and pork, buffalo fillet steaks offer a exciting alternative. Although similar in taste to beef, buffalo meat is lower in fat, cholesterol and calories. Buffalo fillet steaks can be prepared a number of ways including pan-frying, grilling and roasting in the oven.

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Things you need

  • 170gr. bison fillet steaks
  • Vegetable oil
  • Additional seasonings (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cast-iron skillet
  • Baking dish
  • Tongs

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  1. 1

    Combine 4 tbsp of vegetable oil in a bowl with salt, pepper and any other seasonings of your choice.

  2. 2

    Add the buffalo fillets and marinate for about 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Heat a cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium-high heat.

  4. 4

    Sear the buffalo fillets on until both sides are browned then lower the heat to medium-low.

  5. 5

    Cook the steaks to your liking turning every so often. Use a meat thermometer to determine accurate temperature. For rare buffalo cook to an internal temperature of about 60 degrees C, 62.8 degrees C for medium and 71.1 degrees C for well-done meat.


  1. 1

    Create a marinade of your choice based on your flavour preferences.

  2. 2

    Add the steak to the marinade and place in the refrigerator overnight.

  3. 3

    Take the steaks out of the refrigerator about two hours before cooking to bring to room temperature.

  4. 4

    Preheat one side of the grill for high heat. If you are using a gas grill simply turn on one side of the grill. For a charcoal grill pile the charcoal on one side of the grill and ignite.

  5. 5

    Grill the buffalo fillets on the side of the grill away from the heat for about six to 12 minutes, turning several times until they are cooked to your preference.

    Oven Roast

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 232 degrees C and heat 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. 2

    Season the buffalo steak with salt and pepper, to taste.

  3. 3

    Add the buffalo steaks to the pan to sear for about two minutes per side.

  4. 4

    Place the seared steaks in a shallow baking pan and place in the centre oven. Roast for eight to 12 minutes until the steaks are cooked to your liking.

Tips and warnings

  • You can generally use any beef fillet recipe to cook buffalo. But you must watch the meat closely - buffalo will cook faster than beef due to the lower fat content.

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