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


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 with sloe gin and cheesy polenta, served in two bowls

Venison pie

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

A golden pie with a serving taken out revealing a meaty centre

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.

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Venison tortelleni in brodo

This venison dish comes straight from the kitchen at Italian-inspired Maria G's in Kensington. It's a bit of a labour of love but is absolutely worth the effort for an impressive main.

A white bowl filled with a dark broth and tortellini

Venison steaks with caraway crushed swede

Pair venison steaks with buttery crushed swede in this winter warmer – it will be ready and on the table in less than an hour.

A plate of venison with crushed swede on a small plate

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.

A speckled plate of thinly sliced seared meat with brussles sprouts, potatoes and walnuts

Venison, thyme and port lattice pie

Rich venison in port gravy is encased in buttery lattice pastry to create the ultimate winter pie – serve with potatoes and greens for a weekend treat.

A large lattice pie with one serving scooped out of it

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 and juniper casserole in a bowl served with mash

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 dogs

Venison steaks with buttered celeriac

Venison steaks are a great cut of meat – lean, healthy and able to make a simple dish feel like something special. This recipe celebrates winter with celeriac, redcurrant jelly and orange zest. Perfect comfort food for a cold night.

venison steak with celeriac

Venison tartare with blueberries and juniper

Soft and beguiling venison tartare is joined by spicy blueberries in this sophisticated starter. You can also serve with croutons or toast.

Venison tartare with blueberries and juniper on a blue patterned plate

Venison and mutton kofte

Try this venison and mutton kofte for a dinner with a difference, served with cauliflower couscous, flatbread and harissa.

Cauliflower Couscous Recipe with Mutton kofta

Mini venison wellington with parsnip purée

Try this mini venison wellington for two for a special occasion such as Valentine's Day.

Mini Wellington Recipe with Venison

Venison chilli

The deep game flavour of the venison holds up well to spices and chocolate in this exciting chilli recipe. Serve with rice and soured cream for an cosy winter meal.

A wooden table is topped with a black bowl. In the bowl is white rice with chilli con carne and green coriander leaves

Venison toad-in-the-hole

Try this simple twist on a classic comfort food dish, swapping out everyday pork sausage for venison.

A toad in the hole with wild boar sausages, served in a black baking dish

Roast venison and pear salad with toasted hazelnuts

Turn your hand to this smart, warming salad of roast venison and pear for an easy yet impressive entertaining dish.

Venison Roast Recipe with Pear Salad and Toasted Hazelnuts

Spiced venison loin with celeriac remoulade

Kick-start your dinner party with this sophisticated venison starter. A blend of fennel, coriander and cumin seeds gives the venison loin a gentle spice.

Spiced venison loin with celeriac remoulade on a platter

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