Axis Meat – Nature’s Best Venison

Voted the best venison by Spruce Eats, Axis has long been prized for its tasty meat. While many hunt Axis for their interesting antlers and beautiful cape, seasoned Axis hunters know the best prize lies in the table fare.

Like all wild game, Axis are naturally low in fat. Axis meat is a good source of iron niacin and riboflavin. The mixture of fats found in wild game are thought to help lower cholesterol and reduce chronic disease risk.

Axis meat is very tender and very flavorful. Cook Axis venison the same as you would any other venison. Allow meat to rest covered in foil for a few minutes before serving to preserve moisture and warmth.

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Axis Meat Nutritional Information

Based on 4 oz of Axis Meat

Fat Grams 1.9
Protein Grams 26
Calories 120
Cholesterol mg 59

How to Prepare Axis Venison

Axis meat is naturally flavorful and tender as well as low in fat. Grilling Axis wrapped in a strip of bacon is one technique to add fat to the meat making it juicier.

Consider seasoning the meat with pepper and other herbs during cooking and reserving salt for the table so as not to draw out moisture during the cooking process.

Recipe – Axis Loin with Gorgonzola Butter

Preheat grill

In a bowl, mash the gorgonzola cheese with softened butter and chives with a fork until mixed. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix black pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder.

Rub Axis loin with olive oil and then coat both sides of the meat with the spice mixture.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Place meat on the grill, and cook 10 minutes per side, or to the desired doneness. Grill to rare or medium-rare for best flavor.

Remove from grill and cover with foil to rest the meat. (up to 5 minutes)

Slice meat lengthwise into thin strips. Top with a large dollop of gorgonzola butter, and serve.

Serve with grilled vegetables.


  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds Axis venison loin, trimmed of all silverskin
  • 3 T crumbled Gorgonzola or Bleu Cheese
  • 2 T softened butter (not melted)
  • 1 T fresh chives (optional)
  • 1 T coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 t garlic salt
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pairing Wine with Axis Venison

Red wine and red meat are a flavorsome combination. Consider pairing Axis with an Argentinian Malbec or a dry California Cabernet Sauvignon. A French Bordeaux also compliments Axis meat.