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 involtini recipe

Venison involtini with roasted fennel

This venison recipe works with all sorts of venison, but I have tweaked this version to work best with red deer meat. The herbs and the roasted fennel all slant…

recipe for venison cannelloni

A recipe for venison cannelloni

There’s a group of pubs, scattered between inner London and Oxford, that I urge anyone to seek out. The term ‘gastropub’ is used to describe pub food. I dislike it.…

Venison kofta

Venison kofta kebabs – deliciously spicy

Muntjac is the ideal venison for these stunning kofta kebabs. Venison Kofta kebab with a red onion salad, Greek yoghurt and honey sauce Ingredients 500g minced venison shoulder, scrag or…

pulled venison recipe creole style

Pulled venison recipe – Creole style

Pulled venison recipe – Creole style I would recommend using roe or fallow for this lip-smacking Creole-style pulled venison recipe. (Read here on which deer species offers delicious venison.) Ingredients…

Venison chops with blueberry sauce

Recipe for venison chops with blueberry sauce

Venison is often overlooked in the barbecue season, but venison sausages, steak or delicious slow-smoked shoulder can be tasty choices and muntjac makes exceptional venison burgers. The venison chops I…

venison haunch recipe

Venison haunch recipe with Cafe de Paris butter

Venison haunch recipe – pan roasted Ingredients For the butter: 250g unsalted butter, softened 2 tbsp ketchup 2 tSp French mustard 20g good-quality olive oil 1 tbsp shallots, finely chopped…

Venison ribs recipe

Recipe for glazed venison ribs

Glazed venison ribs recipe This venison ribs recipe is a take on a barbecued pork rib recipe that works really well with venison, and uses a cut that is under-utilised…

venison shanks recipe

Venison shanks recipe

Now that the start of the roebuck season is here, I wanted to take the opportunity to share possibly my favourite venison shanks recipe. It’s one that fits firmly in…

venison stew Indonesian style

Recipe for a spicy venison stew

Game is perfectly adaptable for Indonesian dishes, as this venison stew will prove. Substituting chicken with pheasant or rabbit for satay works beautifully. A spatchcock partridge marinated in fragrant spices…

venison snack recipe

A recipe for pulled venison nachos

Delicious venison snack recipe By now, you may have gathered that most of my recipes tend to be fast food or snack-style dishes and this one is no exception. It…

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…

Recipes for wild boar

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,…

Braised lentils ingredients

Braised lentils with duck 
and venison

My mother was a cook ahead of her time. I must have been a teenager, some 40 years ago, when she made a dish of French Puy lentils for lunch.…

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.