Make this spiced venison loin for a special occasion, then check out our venison stew, venison pie, venison steaks and more venison recipes. Also try our recipe for calf's liver with pancetta and rosemary for another impressive dinner party dish.


  • 1½ tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp allspice berries
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 250g venison loin
  • 2 slices sourdough, torn into pieces
  • 80g watercresss
  • 4 pickled onions in balsamic, thinly sliced


  • ½ tsp celeriac, finely shredded
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar


  • STEP 1

    Toast the peppercorns, fennel, coriander, allspice berries and cumin in a dry frying pan over a low heat for 2 minutes until fragrant. Use a spice grinder or pestle and mortar to grind to a slightly fine texture. Tip out onto a plate.

  • STEP 2

    Drizzle the olive oil over the venison and season well with salt. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat and fry the venison for 6-8 minutes, depending on the thickness, turning every minute until evenly seared all round. Remove to a plate and leave to rest for 15 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Roll the venison in the spice mixture, patting the spices onto the meat to coat it really well. Lay a sheet of baking paper on the worksurface, top with the venison and roll up to enclose, twisting the ends to seal. Chill for 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

  • STEP 4

    When nearly ready to serve, heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Tip the sourdough pieces onto a baking tray and drizzle over the 2 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and toss well, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until deep golden and crunchy.

  • STEP 5

    Make the roulade by tipping the celeriac into a bowl with the mayo, mustard, vinegar and some seasoning. Toss to combine.

  • STEP 6

    Remove the venison from the fridge and thinly slice. Spread the watercress out on a large platter, dot with the remoulade, scatter over the croutons, arrange the venison slices on top and garnish with the sliced pickled onions.

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