Freshly cooked venison

With less fat and cholesterol than beef but more iron, venison can be used as a substitute for beef and is a very versatile ingredient. A lack of fat can make it a tricky game meat to cook, but follow these venison recipes and you’ll have a deliciously juicy red meat to serve that is much healthier than similar meats.

In addition, venison generally has a better provenance than beef, particularly if you shoot it yourself.

Health benefits of venison

  • High Omega 3 levels
  • Low cholesterol
  • No antibiotics
  • Low fat

Venison is becoming increasingly popular and sales of the meat are up. It is of course perfect for those following the ‘Paleo’ diet.

When cooking venison always remember to rest it for 5-10 minutes to encourage the juices to run through.

Venison is lean, so you need to be careful not to overcook it. Searing is generally recommended.

Browse through our venison recipes below for inspiration.

game chilli recipe

Easy game chilli recipe

There is great pleasure to be taken from filling the fridge 
and the freezer with food 
you have provided. Whether that be shot game, foraged fruit or fungi, vegetables from…

Venison sausages

A simple recipe for venison sausages

Venison sausages by Barry Stoffell. Making sausages at home requires little specialist knowledge or equipment. As a minimum, you will need a way of mincing the ingredients and a means…

Venison carpaccio

An easy recipe for venison carpaccio

Venison carpaccio – serves four This is my favourite way to eat venison raw, though you might say I’ve stretched the definition a bit by sealing the meat; in my…

recipe for venison ragu pappardelle

Venison ragu pappardelle

Mac & Wild at Falls of Shin, Scotland opened last summer under the watchful eyes of founders, Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon who already run London’s popular Mac & Wild…

recipe for humble pie

A recipe for humble pie by Tim Maddams

Recipe for humble pie Ingredients For the filling: 1 large onion, very finely chopped A good sprig of fresh thyme 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped 4 fresh bay…

Recipe for venison loin steaks

Recipe for venison loin steaks with cabbage and bacon

Recipe for venison loin steaks served with cabbage & bacon by Byron Hayter, Ashdown Park Hotel Ingredients: Venison loin steaks 4 venison steaks, each weighing 120g 100ml rapeseed oil salt…

venison burger

How to make a venison burger

Ingredients 600g coarsely minced venison 1 red onion, finely chopped 1tsp chopped thyme Sea salt Ground black pepper 1 parsnip 2 carrots 1 celeriac 4 slices blue cheese 4 buns…

venison haggis recipe for Burns night

Venison haggis recipe for Burns night

Venison loins, venison haggis, chanterelles, leeks, potato, beetroot, basil pesto and truffle jus Ingredients 2 leeks, chopped 125g chanterelle mushrooms butter salt and pepper 4 x 250g pieces venison loin…

pan seared venison loin

Pan-seared venison loin

Ingredients For the venison loin 200g venison loin per person 25g butter Salt and pepper For fondant potato 4 potatoes weighing 200 to 300g 225g unsalted butter 150ml chicken stock…

roasting leg of venison recipes

Leg of venison on a string

This is one of the venison recipes in Wild Gourmet, by chef Michael Chiarello. We’ve adapted it slightly. As Mr Chiarello puts it: “The meat is suspended from the hook and…

cranberry top game pies

Recipe for cranberry-topped game pies

With a passion for the rural community and an eye for quality local meat, fifth-generation Herefordshire farmer Anthony Legge founded butchers, deli and pie shop Legges of Bromyard in 2000.…

Venison shoulder recipe

Venison shoulder

Use venison for a perfect alternative to chicken, pork or beef. Ingredients 1 venison shoulder Fennel seeds Caraway seeds Chopped lemon thyme Cornish sea salt Milled black pepper Method Place…