Caribou Stroganoff

Alaska has 32 separate herds of Caribou.

Alaska has 32 separate herds of Caribou.

Caribou are large, stout members of the deer family, with concave hooves that splay to support the animal in snow or soft tundra and which function as paddles in water. Caribou live in the arctic tundra, mountain tundra, and northern forests of North America, Russia, and Scandinavia. Although they are called reindeer in Europe, only domesticated caribou are called reindeer in Alaska and Canada.

Caribou in Alaska are distributed in 32 herds (or populations) totaling approximately 950,000 animals. This includes in herds shared with Canada’s Yukon Territory. Although each herd uses its own unique calving area, different herds may mix together while on their winter ranges. Many herds winter in the boreal forest, but during the remainder of the year caribou prefer treeless tundra and mountains where they can get relief from biting insects.

This is one of my most favorite dishes made with caribou. But I love Stroganoff made with any meat and it has been a favorite since I was a little girl. You could also adapt this recipe to accommodate ground meat too! If you choose to use ground meat, then just mix up some of the flour with the meat instead of dredging it.

Caribou Stroganoff

1 1/2 lb Caribou steak or boneless -stewing meat (cut in 1/2″ strips)
1/2 c Flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 lb Mushrooms, chopped
2 sm Onions, chopped
1 cl Garlic; minced
3 tb Lard or bacon fat
1 tb Worcestershire sauce
1 Beef bouillon cube
1 c Water
1 c Sour cream
Steamed rice or noodles


Pound stew meat to tenderize. Good quality steaks will not need this or you can choose to use ground meat. Dredge meat in 1/4 cup flour and salt. Saute garlic, onions and mushrooms in fat for 5 minutes. Remove them; add meat and brown. Remove meat from pan. Add remaining flour to drippings in pan. Add Worcestershire and the bouillon dissolved in hot water. Cook until thickened. Add sour cream. Heat until gravy just barely simmers. Add the cooked meat and vegetables and heat. Serve over rice or noodles. Sprinkle with paprika to accent.



One thought on “Caribou Stroganoff

  1. Reblogged this on Alaskan Rumors and commented:
    I have loved Stroganoff since I was a little girl….I think you will love this recipe! It’s great with moose or beef too. And if you prefer a more tender meat, you can use ground meat of any sort. Gotta love it!


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