Category Archives: Deer Recipes

Venison Steak in Sour Cream


2 lbs. of venison sirloin
1/4 cup of bacon fat
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup onions – minced
2 cups water
1 cup apple juice
1 bay leaf
10 peppercorns
1 tablespoon of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
3/4 cup sour cream
Salt – to taste


Large skillet
2 QT casserole

Cooking Directions

Cut venison into 2″ pieces. Mince garlic. In the skillet, melt bacon fat and add garlic and venison. Brown venison on all sides – make sure not to burn the garlic. Once the meat is browned place in the casserole.

Place minced onions in the skillet and sweat for approximately 2 minutes until translucent. Add water, apple juice, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt. Scrap the skillet to get all the meat drippings. Pour the mixture over the venison in the casserole. Bake in an over for 30-60 minutes at 325 degrees until tender.

Melt butter in skillet, stir in flour making sure to remove any lumps. Add sour cream and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Pour over venison – serve

Roasted Venison with Cranberry Sauce


1/2 cup gin
2 cups red wine
6 Tablespoons thyme
2 Tablespoons Rosemary
6 juniper berries
4 venison steaks, 1/2 pound each
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Cranberry Sauce:
2 cups cranberries
Juice and chopped zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup sugar, or more if needed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch


Large skillet
Small sauce pan

Cooking Directions for Venison:

Combine gin, wine, thyme and juniper berries in a medium shallow baking dish. Once assembled, pour into a food storage bag. Add the venison and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a large pan over high heat until almost smoking. Remove the venison from the marinade and shake off excess. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook on 1 side until golden brown. Turn over, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes.

Cooking Directions for Cranberry Sauce:

In a small saucepan combine cranberries, orange juice and zest, wine, sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmering and cook until cranberries are tender, stirring occasionally. In a small cup make a slurry with cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Whisk cornstarch mixture into cranberry sauce and cook, whisking, until sauce thickens. Taste and add more sugar, if necessary.

Venison Stew


2 pounds Venison
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
1 1/4 cups Guinness
2 cups largely diced carrots
Sprig of fresh thyme
Chopped parsley, for garnish


Large skillet
6 Qt casserole or large pot with cover

Cooking Directions

Trim the meat of any fat or gristle, and cut into 2-inch cubes. Toss venison with 1 tablespoon of the oil. In a small bowl, season the flour with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Toss meat with seasoned flour.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Reduce the heat, add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the skillet, cover, and cook gently for 5 minutes. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a casserole and pour half of the Guinness into the skillet. Bring Guinness to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan. Pour over the meat, along with the remaining Guinness. Add the carrots and thyme. Stir and adjust seasonings. Cover the casserole and simmer over low heat, or in a 300 degree F oven until the meat is tender, 2 to 3 hours.

Add a loaf of good crusty bread with butter and a cold porter beer

Venison Chili


2 lbs. ground venison
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large onion coarsely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper and deseeded coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp. fresh chopped basil
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
2 – 16 oz. cans of small red beans drained
2 – 24 oz. jars of salsa
1 – 28 oz. can of tomato sauce
Salt and pepper – do this to taste
3 large jalapeno peppers deseeded and finely chopped – adjust for personal taste for amount of spiciness


Large Skillet
6 Qt. crock pot (or large stove top pot)

Cooking Directions

In large skillet heat oil then add the venison, brown the venison – if necessary you can add some water if it begins to dry. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper – be careful not to let the vegetables, spices or herbs burn.

When finished, place into a 6 Qt. crock pot(if you do not have a crock pot a large stove top pot will do fine – just make sure to cook low and slow) add the salsa, red beans, tomato sauce, chopped basil, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and ground cumin.

Cook on low to medium temperature for 6 to 8 hrs, stirring occasionally.

Serve hot over a bed of rice or with crackers.

If you want, an ice cold pale ale or hearty red wine are perfect here

Creole Venison Stew

Creole Venison Stew

Use the stew meat cuts from butchering your deer to make a tasty creole venison stew. The spices and vegetables really add to the dish. Use a cast iron covered skillet or dutch oven for that little bit of “frontier” authenticity.


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds venison stew meat
1/4 cup flour
Creole seasoning
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup chopped tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 cup red wine
4 cups brown stock
Salt and black pepper


In a large pot, over high heat, add the olive oil. In a mixing bowl, toss the venison with flour and creole seasoning. When the oil is hot, sear the meat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes, basil, thyme, and bay leaves to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with the red wine. Add the brown stock. Bring the liquid up to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer the stew for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meat is very tender. If the liquid evaporates too much add a little more stock.

Remove the venison stew from the oven and serve in shallow bowls with crusty bread and a nice cold lager.

Roast Venison


3 pounds venison top round
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, as needed


Large oven-proof skillet (I uses a cast iron skillet)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Rub the venison with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in an oven-proof large skillet over high heat. Sear the venison on all sides until golden brown. Transfer the venison to the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, until the internal temperature of 125 to 130 degrees F. Remove from the oven and let rest, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the venison into thin slices.

This goes great with onion rings and cold beer