This is one of my favourite ways to introduce bear meat to people who are trying it for the first time. Like the bear smash burgers, this recipe is also quite easy to do and I haven’t had anyone not enjoy them yet! If you like deep fried veal, this recipe is even better than any others I’ve tasted.

  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 3 lbs bear backstrap, cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 cups pancake mix (flour works too but pancake mix gives it a little sweetness)
  • 2 Tbsp seasoning salt
  • ½ Tbsp of Montreal Steak Spice
  • ½ Tbsp of curry powder


  1. Combine the last 4 ingredients (everything except the meat) in a large Ziplock bag, seal and shake well. Add approximately half the meat into bag and shake until the meat is covered in the flour mixture. Remove that meat and place on a dish, then repeat with the second half of the meat. I have put all the meat in the bag at once but it can be hard to mix so that everything gets coated well. If I have time, I like to let the meat sit for an hour or so before cooking so some of the flour mixture is absorbed into it, but frying it right away works well too.
  2. Once all the meat is coated in the flour mixture, it’s time to get your deep fryer ready. I have a turkey deep fryer that I set up outside which is great for keeping the smell out of the house. Instead of using the pot I have a large deep frying pan I used during my days of guiding for fishing trips in Northern Manitoba. I heat up the oil to about 350F and start deep frying until the outsides become golden brown, this usually only takes a few minutes. Tip: make sure the meat is fully cooked, but don’t overcook unless you also like overdone veal. I love eating them plain, they’ve got great flavour as they are, or you can serve them with your favourite dipping sauce.