Gamekeepers pie recipe with haunch of venison

Gamekeepers pie with haunch of 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.

Today venison is freely available in butchers and supermarkets but in the past this wild meat was only available to landowners who hunted it on their estates.

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.

Our recipes offer plenty of different ways to serve this versatile meat. Many people just think of roast venison, but there is much more to cooking it than that. You can use venison on skewers on a barbecue, or create a venison curry or use venison mince for burgers or lasagne. It’s also wonderful in a terrine, a stir fry or a venison pie.

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.

Venison mince recipe

Venison and wild mushroom stuffed squash

Venison mince. I am a terror for saving little packs of venison mince for a rainy day. I pop them in the freezer and then forget about them. It was…

venison biltong

A recipe for venison biltong

Venison is the perfect ingredient for making this field snack of venison biltong from South Africa. The lean, long grain strands of haunch lend themselves to the cured, bendy brittleness…

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Wild boar and venison koftas

I’d only been working for the Daily Express for a month back in 1998 when an editor called asking me to go on a wild boar hunt. Not a shoot,…

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Braised lentils with duck 
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venison sausage and egg muffin recipe

Venison sausage and egg muffin recipe

Breakfast is often described as the most important meal of the day and Cai ap Bryn's venison and sausage muffin really does it justice.

make biltong

How to make biltong

One of the few advantages of the lockdown has been that many outstanding projects have finally been completed. One of these was to build a permanent drying box to make…

venison pasta recipe - venison khingal

Venison Khingal

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are found all over Europe and Asia. In the south of France, nouilles are eaten with…

recipe for venison burgers

A recipe for venison burgers

Everyone loves burgers and venison makes excellent ones, whichever deer species you use. For a long time I struggled to find a really good recipe for venison burgers; the result…

venison chilli con carne recipe

Recipe for venison chilli con carne

Recipe for venison chilli con carne Ingredients 4 tbsp duck fat or beef dripping 2 onions, thinly sliced 6 cloves of garlic, chopped 1kg venison mince 1 tbsp concentrated tomato…

roast venison

Roasted shoulder of venison recipe for Easter

Recipe for roast shoulder of venison Ingredients 1.2 kg shoulder venison 1 bottle good red wine 275 ml game stock 4 tbsp olive oil Mixed peppercorns Juniper berries 6 large baking potatoes 100 grams butter 1…

recipe for venison pie

Recipe for venison pie

Here’s a venison pie recipe from Neil Molyneux, the head chef at the Museum Inn, Farnham, Dorset who used venison from the local Rushmore Estate.  Making the most of Dorset’s…

Recipe for venison barbacoa tortillas

Venison tortillas

Barbacoa is perfectly suited to venison as it really enhances the flavour of the meat. This recipe uses a shoulder of venison for “low and slow” style cooking. The meat…