Easy Venison Stew

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Easy Venison Stew is the hearty and satisfying dish you’ll want to make all season long! This simple to make deer stew is full of everyday pantry ingredients and requires minimal effort.

Suitable for Gluten-free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers Points.

the completed recipe in a white bowl

Fall and winter months call for warming, nutritious, and comfort food recipes like this easy rich Venison Stew.

An easy tasty meal, this fork tender venison in a rich broth is a perfect recipe for using venison shoulder or shank – those pieces that most people think are only good for mincing, but they become delicious in stews.

Like my 7 ingredient Crockpot Venison Stew, this recipe is pretty easy too. Apart from browning the meat and softening the onions, all the rest of the ingredients go into a saucepan or dutch oven and simmer away. And about 1 hour later – you’re digging right in.

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The bonus is that this is healthier too. Venison is almost completely fat-free and lean and cannot be intensively farmed.

In fact, most are wild, so will have lived a completely natural life until just before you get it from the butcher.  Lots of boxes ticked right there.

If you love wild game, you might also like this Instant Pot Venison Stew recipe, this delicious nourishing and easy peasy Venison Burgers.

You might also like this Brunswick Stew and comforting Instant Pot Beef Stew.

close up of a serving spoon dipping into the venison stew

Why Make This Recipe

  • Frugal – this best venison stew is made with budget-friendly ingredients. A little meat goes a long way with this recipe.
  • Feeds a Crowd – just the thing for potlucks, game day gatherings, parties, and family feasts.
  • Easy to make – Sear, add into a saucepan and simmer away.
  • Leftovers freeze well – so that is a few weeknight suppers sorted!
top down view of one serving of venison stew

Ingredient Notes

  • Onions – Feel free to use white or red onions.
  • Garlic – Use minced garlic or garlic powder.
  • Venison stew meat – You can use either venison shoulder or shank, just make sure to cut them into similar sizes, approximately cubed into 2-inch pieces. Wash well and pat venison dry before using.
  • Cornstarch – To coat the venison and to thicken the stew.
  • Seasoning – Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Vegetables – This recipe calls for cans of black-eyed beans.
  • Tomatoes – A can of diced tomatoes without any extra flavors. Add a bit of tomato paste for the best results.
  • Beef broth – Using hot broth cuts down on cooking time. You can use beef stock or vegetable stock instead.
  • Fresh herbs – use bay leaves, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme for great flavor.
the ingredients for making this deer stew recipe

Ready to learn how to make this deer stew? Then gather up those ingredients and I will show you…..

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How To Make Venison Stew On The Stovetop

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Add the onions and garlic into a blender and blend into a paste.
  2. Meanwhile, coat the venison pieces in the corn starch and season with the best salt and pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat, add venison and brown the deer meat in batches.
  4. Add the browned venison meat, and the remaining ingredients into a saucepan, scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover and simmer for about 1 hour.
  5. Adjust seasoning, discard bay leaf and, at this point, you can either serve warm or keep in the fridge for a day to allow the flavors to meld and mature.
  6. I loooooooove serving it with some Irish Soda Bread.
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Pro Tip – If you are worried about the gamey taste of venison, then soak it in a liquid like buttermilk, milk, or salt water first, then rinse well before cooking.

Make It In A Crockpot

Prefer slow cooking this instead? No worries. Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Add the onions and garlic into a blender and blend into a paste.
  2. Meanwhile, coat the venison pieces in the cornstarch and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over high heat and brown the meat in batches.
  4. Add the meat, beef broth, and everything else into the slow cooker (including all the browned bits from the skillet) and cook on high for about 4 hours.
  5. Test after 4 hours, and if it needs a bit more time, then cook for a further hour.
  6. Adjust seasoning, and either serve immediately away or refrigerate overnight.
venison stew in a white bowl with spoon

Make This In An Instant Pot

Prefer to make an Instant Pot Venison Stew? Then head over to my Instant Pot Venison Stew Post.

Recipe Tips

  • Cut your venison meat to the same size so that they cook evenly.
  • You don’t need to brown the meat, but seared venison adds greater flavor.
  • Don’t forget to discard bay leaves before eating.
  • Add an extra half a cup (125 ml) or more of broth for a thinner stew.
the finished vension stew in a stockpot

Delicious Recipe Variations

You can serve this homemade venison stew as is, or try these tips to tailor it even more to your taste…

  • Swap the meat – use moose, beef, elk or lamb instead.
  • Spice it up – add more hot sauce, red pepper flakes, chipotle paste, or some diced jalapeños.
  • Add more seasoning – feel free to add garlic or Worcestershire sauce, etc.
  • Change the beans – use pinto beans, black beans or kidney beans, etc.
  • Add more veggies – feel free to add veggies like Yukon gold potatoes and carrots or add peas to bulk it out. Feel free to throw in some sliced celery or sliced mushrooms to add great flavor.
  • Leftover stew – leftovers can be turned into a dish like Shepard’s pie with a topping of mashed potato.

Storage

  • Store – You can store the cooled leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for 3-5 days.
  • Freeze – Use this recipe as an awesome freezer meal prep solution. Yeap, simply cook this recipe in advance, let it cool, and then freeze it in zip lock bags or meal prep bowls for up to 3 months.
top down view of the completed deer stew inside a pot

FAQs

Do You Need To Brown The Venison?

To be honest, you can skip the browning and the sautéing steps too, and just add everything straight in.  

But peeps, I really must tell you that the browning really adds a richer depth of flavor to this deer meat stew, so if you have time, you should try and do it.

How To Thicken This Stew

If it is not already thick enough, then there are two things you can do. Take some of the beans out, mash them, and add the mashed beans back in.

Alternatively, mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with some water, mix this into the venison stew, stir and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Best Way To Cook Venison Shanks

One important thing to say is to get the most out of this, cook it slowly for a long time.

It lets all the connective tissues in the shank break down and get absorbed into the stew, thickening the sauce and stopping any toughness. So, so good.

How To Make Sure Meat Is Tender?

This will depend on which cut of venison you are using. Firstly cut off the sinew (aka the connective tissue), which makes the meat tough. Then cook it either low and slow or in a pressure cooker.

More Easy Venison Recipes

If you are looking for more easy venison stew recipes, then why not check out these below:

a portion of venison stew being removed from the pot

Serving Suggestions

I love serving this with crusty bread or a green salad, depending on my mood. I also recommend these tasty sides;

Weight Watchers Points

There is just 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of this.

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Originally published February 2017. Updated December 2022.

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5 from 24 votes

Easy Venison Stew

A warming family friendly deer meat stew.
Course: Main
Servings: 6
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 onions peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic puree
  • 1 pound (450g) venison shoulder or shank cubed into 2-inch pieces
  • cornstarch to coat the venison
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 ounces (800g) 2 cans of black-eyed beans rinsed and drained
  • 7 ounces (200g) mushrooms sliced
  • 28 ounces (800g) 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs of thyme or other herbs like rosemary

Instructions

Make On The Stovetop

  • Add the onions and garlic into a blender and blend into a paste.
  • Meanwhile, coat the venison pieces in the cornstarch and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over high heat and brown the meat in batches.
  • Add the meat and everything else into a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour.
  • Adjust seasoning, and either serve it right away or keep in the fridge for a day so the flavors meld and mature.

Make In A Crockpot

  • Follow step 1 to 3 above.
  • Add the meat, and everything else into the slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours.
  • Test after 4 hours, and if it needs a bit more time then cook for another hour.
  • Adjust seasoning, and at this point, you can either serve it right away or keep in the fridge for a day so the flavors meld and mature.
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Notes

  • Cut your venison meat to the same size so that they cook evenly.
  • You don’t need to brown the meat, but seared venison adds greater flavor.
  • Don’t forget to discard bay leaves before eating.
  • Add an extra half a cup (125 ml) or more of broth for a thinner stew.
  • Storage – keep in an airtight container inside the fridge up to 5 days.
  • There is just 1 WW Blue Plan SmartPoint in a serving of Stew.

Nutrition

Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 574mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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