Herb-Crusted Moose Roast

Air fryers are the latest and greatest invention for simplifying and speeding up the cooking process. A healthy alternative, it cooks without immersing foods in fats or oils while still providing the texture and flavour reminiscent of a deep fryer. There are several models and styles of air fryers but getting to know a specific unit is no different than trying to figure out time and temperature settings on a new microwave.

Both dedicated air fryers and combinations with toaster ovens offer options to meet the needs of anyone aspiring to make delicious food. Consider capacity and quality of the non-stick surface for easy clean up, and make sure the fryer is large enough to accommodate a bird, roast, or enough food for your needs.

Air fryers are easy to use and require little preparation to build and cook a meal. Wild game can be cooked to perfection by exact timing and getting to know your air fryer. Tender cuts of game like loin, inside or center round, and top sirloin work best.


  • 2 lb moose roast, inside or center round
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped fine stems removed
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. To get a tasty crust on the roast, preheat the air fryer at the maximum temperature, usually 390 or 400°F.
  2. Combine garlic powder, onion salt, smoked paprika, thyme, rosemary, pepper, and salt (or substitute your favourite fresh herbs including parsley, sage, dill, and chives) in a bowl.
  3. Rub the roast evenly with the olive oil. Liberally rub the spice and herb mixture over the entire roast, which will adhere to the oil.
  4. Place the roast in the preheated air fryer and set the timer for 15 minutes. When the time is up, check the roast for a dark, crust or bark that has formed on the outer layer of meat. Turn the roast over and set the air fryer to 360°F for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, check the internal temperature of the roast, which should be 135°F for medium-rare, or 145°F for medium. Depending on the air fryer, an additional 10 minutes may be required. Stop the unit to check the meat temperature at 5 minutes to ensure it does not overcook.
  6. Remove the roast from the air fryer when it reaches the desired temperature. Wrap in foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving and serving.

*Depending on the air fryer, most wild game roasts will take 20 minutes per pound to cook to proper temperature. When possible, use a meat thermometer to monitor the temperatures until you get a good handle on your new cooking device.