Venison Stew Recipe with Sloe Gin and Cheesy Polenta

Best venison recipes

Venison is a rich, lean red meat that's especially popular in the autumn and winter. We think it's great all year round though, in everything from pies to hotdogs and stews

Looking for venison recipes? Want to know how to make the perfect venison stew or venison burger? Try our ideas below.


When is venison in season?


UK venison season starts in October and ends in February. Venison is at its best between November and February.

Venison recipes

Venison stew

Make our warming venison stew with sloe gin and cheesy polenta. This rich winter recipe may take a little time, but it’s definitely worth it, a comforting recipe the whole family will love.

Venison Stew Recipe with Sloe Gin and Cheesy Polenta

Venison pie

Venison, chestnut mushrooms and red wine meet in this comforting pie that’s perfect for an autumnal pick-me-up.

Venison burgers

These posh venison burgers look really impressive and are ready in 30 minutes or less. Worcestershire sauce gives the patties an even deeper flavour and, stacked up with mustard, mayo and cheese in a brioche bun, they’re even better. We have plenty more burger recipes where this came from.

Posh Venison Burgers Recipe

Venison steaks with stir-fried sprouts

Serve delicate slices of seared venison with a bubble-and-squeak-style hash made from Brussels sprouts, floury potatoes, walnuts and fruit for a satisfying wintry supper.

Venison casserole

This recipe for venison and juniper casserole is easy to make and under 300 calories, but delivers all the winter comfort you’d want thanks to the rich game meat.

venison casserole with juniper

Venison pie

Get venison involved in this poacher’s pie. It’s a twist on a classic steak and ale pie, swapping out the chunks of beef for mixed, diced game – this could include wild boar, partridge and pheasant as well as venison.

Game Meat Pie Recipe

Venison wellington

Our recipe is a great twist on a classic British favourite, replacing the beef with game. It takes a little while but is easy to make and will be an impressive centrepiece on the table.

Venison Wellington Recipe

Wild venison, field mushroom and ale pudding

Try this easy steamed suet pastry pudding with wild venison, mushroom and ale. Ideal comfort food for entertaining or for a family meal.


Venison carpaccio with pickled red cabbage

A lovely restaurant-standard starter. Paper-thin slices of venison are marinated with herbs and served with a red cabbage salad and a parmesan, olive oil and lemon dressing. A great, novel way to prepare this sustainable game meat.

Venison Carpaccio Recipe With Pickled Red Cabbage

Venison dogs with pickled beet slaw and cheat’s brioche buns

One of our favourite (giant) nibbles to serve at a party. Rich, meaty venison dogs with punchy vinegary slaw, all wrapped up in a sweet brioche bun.

Venison hot dog

Venison steaks with buttered celeriac