Panko Deer Nuggets

Panko Deer Nuggets

There are lots of ways to fix deer backstrap and anyway you fix it, it’s going to be good. I love to make a pot roast with a backstrap or wrap it in bacon and throw it on the grill! Okay, I’m getting hungry now. Let me get back on the subject–my Panko Deer Nuggets. 

Most people have fried sliced backstrap, but they typically use a flour mixture to coat it. Panko crumbs are more commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has larger flakes, which creates a flakier recipe and they absorb less oil, which I’m all for.

So, have I sold you on panko crumbs yet? If so, try my Panko Deer Nuggets recipe. We eat them like chicken nuggets around here but believe me they are much healthier and taste better than any chicken nugget I’ve ever had. Kids love them, too!

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Panko Deer Nuggets

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 Cups

Serving Size: 1/2 Cup

Calories per serving: 301

Fat per serving: 3 g

Panko Deer Nuggets


  • 2 lb of backstrap
  • 2 cups of Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. of ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. of salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. of onion powder
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Oil for frying


  1. First, remove all of the sinew and anything else that isn’t beautiful red meat from the deer backstrap. Then slice it very thin–about 1/8 of an inch like you would for making jerky. Bite-sized nuggets are the best.
  2. Place the deer nuggets into a large bowl and pour in the two cups of milk. Make sure the milk covers the backstrap well. Let it set and soak in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but you can let it soak overnight as well.
  3. Next, add all of the dry ingredients in a dish and mix it together. Get the deer nuggets out of the fridge. Do NOT drain the milk from the backstrap, but let the milk drip from it. Roll each piece of deer backstrap in the panko crumb mixture and lay them on a piece of wax paper or a plate for later.
  4. In an oiled pan on medium-high heat, gently laying the deer nuggets in the frying pan. Fry until they are lightly browned. This will only take a few minutes.
  5. Remove the deer nuggets with tongs and place them on paper towels to drain all of the excess oil.

These go great with mashed potatoes and green beans or just plain and dipped in ranch dressing. My husband, Westley, has even put them inside of a biscuit and took them to work for breakfast. Yummy!

Panko Deer Nuggets

See how simple they are to make? These are great for dinner or breakfast. Try them in a salad or on a hoagie with melted Swiss cheese or put them in a plate and melt shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese over them. Okay, I’m still hungry!

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • Panko Deer Nuggets are low in calories, and fat and have no cholesterol and are low in sugar. They also have high protein, potassium, and iron.
  • This recipe is very healthy however the sodium might be a little too high for some.

See my tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Note: The milk which the nuggets soak in is not calculated in the nutrition facts because it is not consumed.

Panko Deer Nuggets Nutrition Facts

Yields: About 4 Cups Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Calories 301 Calories from fat: 9%
% Daily Value*
 Total Fat 3 g 5%
 Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0 g
 Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
 Sodium 223 mg 9%
 Potassium 962 mg 27%
 Total Carbohydrates 12 g 4%
 Dietary Fiber 1 g 5%
 Sugars 1 g
 Protein 55 g 110%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1% Iron 59%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

  • To help lower the sodium use a salt alternative or leave the salt out or use only half.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Panko Deer Nuggets, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Our friends at Whackstar Hunters shot a video of how to cook my Panko Deer Nuggets. Check it out and subscribe if you’d like. They have awesome videos!

Bon Appétit

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2 thoughts on “Panko Deer Nuggets”

  1. I plan to use this recipe when my husband brings home another deer. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I have never tried panko, but it looks very good.

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