Venison Tenderloin Filet from New Zealand (240-300g)

Horizon Farms


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One tenderloin filet of venison from New Zealand. Choose between 240g (8.5oz) and 300g (10.5oz) tenderloins that are closely trimmed and steak-ready. This top-quality venison tenderloin is exceptionally versatile, allowing you to prepare it in a skillet, oven, or on a grill - as a whole roast or as steak medallions. This tenderloin is fork-tender and will impress you and anyone who has never tried venison before. Cook slowly to medium rare for the best results. See the cooking instructions below.

Venison, the other red meat. Often found on the menus of upscale restaurants throughout the world. Most folks associate venison with gamey odor and tough meat - that is most likely wild venison. Give our free-range farmed venison a chance, it'll change your concept on venison.

Our premium quality venison comes from deer that is sustainably all-time pasture-raised in small herds on very large pastures run by real family farms of New Zealand. The deers are purely bred for taste. The difference between pasture-raised venison and wild venison is subtle delicate flavor and superb tenderness mostly due to a healthy, low-stress life and a careful selective breeding process. It goes without saying that the animals have never been treated with antibiotics or growth hormones.


Contents 1 whole tenderloin filet
Weight Please choose between 240g (8.5g) and 300g (10.5oz) sizes.
Serves Serves 2-3 depending on the serving style

Shipping & Handling

Shipping Shipping and delivery is frozen
Handling Keep frozen below -18°C (0°F)
Defrosting Time In the fridge: approx. 48h
In ice-water: approx. 5h
Cooking Method Grill, Cast-Iron Skillet, Fry-Pan, Oven
Expiration Frozen: see packaging label (usually more than 3 months)
Chilled: Please consume unopened pack within 3 days.


Also known as Deer Tenderloin, Venison Filet,  Venison Tenderloin, Venison Steak, Cervena Venison, Chateaubriand
Country of Origin New Zealand
Ingredients Venison
Cut from Tenderloin
Category Steaks, Roasts
Packaging Vacuum packed
Brand First Light Venison
Importer Horizon Farms, Inc.

✔ Humanely raised and treated with respect. Sustainably raised in small herds on large pastures.

✔ No subtherapeutic use of antibiotics. No growth-promoting hormones, no nasties. No factory farming. Domesticated deer live a stress-free and healthy life and are harvested on the field.

✔ Compared to wild venison: Domesticated venison meat has no gamey texture and taste. It has a consistent flavor profile and is tender and mildly flavored.

✔ Deer naturally feed on grass all their life and are fed all-natural vitamins and nutritions, haylage (grasses and legumes), and silage (green foliage crops) in winter when fresh, green pasture is limited.

At A Glance

Breed Domesticated Red Deer
Farm/Ranch Kotare, East Coast
Beckford, Hawke's Bay
Te Kawa, Manawatu
Forest Gate Farming, Hawke's Bay
Glenmore, Hawke's Bay
Landcorp, Central Plateau
Haunui, Hawke's Bay
Riverslea, Hawke's Bay
Seaforth, Hawke's Bay
The Steyning, Hawke's Bay
JO Adams & Son, Central Plateau
Waihi Pukawa, Central Plateau
Kinross, Manawatu
Link Farm, Manawatu
Tuatahi, Central Plateau
Rengiatea Station, Central Plateau
Tarndale, Manawatu
Waimarie, Manawatu
Region North Island
Breeding Raised in small herds on large pastures their entire lives.
Feeding Pasture grass-fed their entire lives. During winter and shortage of fresh green grass: haylage (grasses and legumes) and silage (green foliage crops), and all-natural vitamins and minerals.
Traceability 100% fully traceable from grass to fork.

Venison Tenderloin Filet Recipe Instructions

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Completely defrost the tenderloins. Open the pack and pat them dry with a kitchen paper towel. 

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

For a better experience, we recommend removing the silver skin/sinew. 

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Use a sharp knife and cut closely under the silverskin, then slide towards yourself while holding and stretching the silverskin as seen in the image. 

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Don't worry about inconsistencies while removing the silverskin - they will be unnoticeable once cooked.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Generously coat with extra virgin quality olive oil. Make sure the frypan gets enough oil as well.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Then season with coarse sea salt and freshly ground coarse black pepper. We like to add dry thyme leaves. Although salt and pepper are sufficient for great quality venison. You can use a seasoning of your choice. Herby seasoning goes very well with venison.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Use a skillet or fry pan. Cook on low/medium and keep turning the tenderloin so it cooks evenly on all sides. Venison tenderloin is very lean and cooks very fast. Please use a thermometer as it is impossible to feel the doneness due to the tenderness of the tenderloin. 

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Once the internal temperature of the tenderloin has reached 54 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) quickly remove from the heat and place them on a cutting board. 

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Cover lightly with aluminum foil and let them rest for about 10 minutes. Juices will flow out so make sure your cutting board has a juice groove. By the way, the red juice is actually myoglobin and not blood.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

There are two ways of serving tenderloin. Slices and steak medallions. We prefer steak medallions. They look great and feel luxurious.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

Simply slice into thick medallions and serve with vegetables especially sweet potatoes. Mini potatoes cooked with the skin also do a great job. Mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower are our favorites.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

The other serving method is to cut thinner slices and serve similar to a beefsteak. If you are a sauce fan, say no more. Go for the blackberry sauce. Actually, any blackberry jam will do just fine.

Mountain River Cervena Venison Tenderloin

This tenderloin is incredibly fork-tender, yes you can cut it with a fork! Enjoy top-quality venison.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review

Very tender and flavorful