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How to Make Venison Stew

Updated on September 25, 2013

A warm hearty soup

My husband is a deer hunter, I am not. However, I have learned to cook venison and enjoy it so much that I don't mind when he spends all day on weekends sitting in a tree stand. Guess there could be worse hobbies that last year round.

A few years ago I learned to make home made soup and it's my favorite dish to make during the winter. It allows me to clean out the refrigerator and freezer and experiment. No two recipes are alike. But they all have the same basic components, a meat, home made soup stock, vegetables, and the best thing, all healthy ingredients that taste better than Campbells.

What's the difference between soup and stew? In my opinion soup has more liquid and usually pasta of some time. Stew is thicker, bigger chunks and contains no noodles.

The Deer Hunt - In Eastern Nebraska

Deer hunting in Eastern Nebraska
Deer hunting in Eastern Nebraska

My idea of a good time is not sitting in a deer stand in the middle of winter. But to some, my husband included, it's a wonderful way to spend the day. For my husbands birthday I went deer hunting for the first time. I didn't do anything but observe, I didn't even carry the gun, don't really like guns, but can respect those that do and can use them properly.

I did have to get dressed in camouflage, to look the part, and hiking boots, next time they need to be oiled so they don't squeak when I walk. But I must have been good luck as we got a doe at the end of the day.

Venison Stew (alternative recipe)
Venison Stew (alternative recipe)

Use this recipe as a general guideline. Soup is individualistic, feel free to add other vegetables, leave some out, or substitute. The best soup is made with your own soup stock. But if you don't have starter stock you can use store bought, canned, boxed, or even bouillon Remember to decrease the salt when using bouillon, it contains plenty.

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • Ready in: 4 hours
  • Yields: 10-12

Ingredients

  • Cubed venison (approximately 2 lbs)
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Medium onion chopped
  • 3 -4 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 -4 large carrots chopped
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 32 oz beef broth (I used my own beef and pork)
  • 1 - 8 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 - 15 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste ( I use Seasoning salt)
  • 3 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Basil
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 4 large potatoes (cubed) pasta can be substituted for soup

Instructions

  1. Season cubed venison with salt, pepper, and sweet basil
  2. Fry cubed venison and chopped onion in olive oil on high heat until cooked through and browned
  3. Combine broth, (or stock) into large soup pot
  4. Add chopped celery, onion, and carrots (unless already prepped in freezer) then add frozen vegetables.
  5. Add parsley and bay leaf to soup
  6. Bring to boil and simmer for 3 hours.
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Hearty Venison Soup - Beef Can be Substituted

Venison soup
Venison soup

I've made venison stew probably 3-4 times in the past year. Every time has been a little different. This version I added bowtie pasta for soup as I didn't have very many potatoes. If you chose to add pasta, of any type, more water is needed. Don't worry about the amount, but I normally add about twice as much water as pasta.

Add pasta during the last 30 minutes of simmering phase. Otherwise the noodles will be mushy.

Take Hot Soup for Lunch - Hot Soup on a Cold Day

It's often cold during deer season and when you're out in the field, in a blind or deer stand waiting for the sun to come out, hot soup hits the spot. Or if you're not one to eat in the field, the thought of warm soup waiting in the truck after a day of hunting is a welcoming thought.

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Food Jar with Folding Spoon, Midnight Blue
Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Food Jar with Folding Spoon, Midnight Blue

Thermos has a reputation of quality and this is a manly size thermos with a wide opening just for soup. Great to take skiing or ice fishing also.

 

Chopping vegetables - With my Cutco Knife

I love my Cutco carving knife, it's sharp and makes fast work when chopping vegetables. Throughout the year I will buy celery, carrots, and onions on sale, chop, bag, and store in the freezer for winter soup season. Pre-chopping saves loads of time and making soup simple and fast.

My favorite knife is the Cutco Petite Carver. It's super sharp and slices carrots like hot butter. I feel like a real chef when I rock it back and forth. Kinda like a rustic Julia Childs. I wonder if she ever cooked venison?

Cutco 7-5/8" Petite Chef Knife
Cutco 7-5/8" Petite Chef Knife

I love my Cutco carving knife, it's sharp and makes fast work when chopping vegetables.

 

Deer and Wild Game Cookbooks - Deer in the Freezer, Now What?

Deer is a little different to cook compared to beef. Depending on the region of the country, the Midwest versus Vermont, venison can take on different flavors ranging from gamey to the same as beef with a mild flavor.

Deer that feeds on the corn fields in Eastern Nebraska taste just like beef to me, while grass fed range deer in Western Nebraska has more of a wild flavor.

The Venison Cookbook: Venison Dishes from Fast to Fancy
The Venison Cookbook: Venison Dishes from Fast to Fancy

Quick and easy venison meals to gourmet venison dishes. This cookbook has it all. If you have a deer hunter in your family it would be well worth it to get this book.

 

Venison Poll

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Stock & Soup Pots

I can never fix enough soup. I have a 16 and 20 qt stock pot and wish they were bigger. Any left over soup I put in individual freezer containers and freeze.

T-fal A92280 Specialty Total Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Stockpot Cookware, 12-Quart, Black
T-fal A92280 Specialty Total Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Stockpot Cookware, 12-Quart, Black

For some a 12 quart stock pot will be enough, that's what I started off with cooking soup. It's enough for one night of soup for a family and leftovers the next day.

 
New Professional Commercial Grade 40 QT (Quart) Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Stock Pot, 3-Ply Clad Base, Induction Ready, with Lid Cover NSF Certified Item
New Professional Commercial Grade 40 QT (Quart) Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Stock Pot, 3-Ply Clad Base, Induction Ready, with Lid Cover NSF Certified Item

This master soup pot is more my style. I can make soup for a crowd, a large family get together and still have enough left overs for the next day and to put in the freezer.

 

Let me know if you try this recipe, remember I'm estimating quantities, so if you think there should be a revision let me know.

Have any good venison recipes

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      Jenny G 20 months ago

      Nowhere in your instructions does it say when to add the water or tomatoes..

      Hopefully that doesn't really matter bc it's on the stove top now cooking!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @CampingmanNW: Thanks, I appreciate the kudos from a hunter. I just had some of the stew yesterday for lunch that I put in the freezer. I have another recipe for venison Alfredo I should share as well.

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I have hunted deer every fall since I was 10 years old (and I won't say how many years ago that was, lol) but suffice it to say I love venison recipes. Your venison stew recipe looks really tasty and well worth being awarded the Purple Star for this lens,thanks for sharing.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @AnonymousC831: Glad you like it, every time I make jerky I say I'm going to take photos of the final result, but I get so excited I just forget.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love deer stew, I'll give your recipe a try. My family is big on hunting as well,I rather take pictures of the animals. I just made a deer jerky recipe lens a couple days ago. I'm new to squidoo. Love your lens. Great job.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @captainj88: I have never canned meat, I know my Mom used to can chicken and venison, but there is something about it that makes me hesitant. I love deer jerky too. I need to post a recipe for it as well. Do you have one you like the best?

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Liked and Pinned for later. I live in PA and have venison readily available, either fresh or home canned, all year long. I love deer jerky and venison stews the best.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Diana Wenzel: My husband only shoots what we will eat, we have such a high deer population here it gets pretty dangerous on the roads in the morning and evening. I don't think he's gotten a buck in a long time. Not that I'm sure he wouldn't but he hunts for meat. With the price of meat in the grocery store every little bit to stretch the budget helps.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Our deep freezer in the basement, at my parents home in Iowa, was always full of venison and moose meat. When I was living in Texas, I had a boss who always made us venison chili right after the start of deer season. It was super delicious. Like you, I'm not a hunter, but I will eat venison provided by ethical hunters. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'd like to try it.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Swisstoons: You reminded me I have a bowl in the fridge at work, guess that's what I'm having for lunch.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      It's lunchtime, and how I wish I had a bowlful of your delicious soup! Great lens. Love those photos!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      There is lots of venison eaten around here, but not by me. The stew recipe sounds good though.

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      MrsMaya 4 years ago

      Looks good!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love stews, but have never tried Venison stew. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks delicious. Congrats on your purple star. Stay healthy and blessed!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star and it looks like a nice recipe. I don't eat venison so I probably will never try it in a stew or otherwise. Congrats on the purple star and the really nice lens. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Yum, you've made my mouth water. :) I quite often cooked venison when we lived in Scotland but haven't done for a long time. I used to marinate the venison in red wine, juniper berries, peppercorns and bay leaves overnight.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I never ever tired it before, thanks for the nice recipe.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Never had moose meat, will have to try it sometime when I'm up north. Thanks for visiting, I'm honored I got a purple star

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @CuAllaidh: I'm too ADD to hunt. Sitting still just doing one thing quickly becomes monotonous. ost of hunting season also takes place in the winter, too cold for me. Enjoy the stew and let me know how it turns out.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @anonymous: Thanks, I'm very surprised about it myself. New to Squidoo.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @Mamabyrd: Hello to a fellow Nebraskan. Let me know how you like the stew, thanks for visiting and posting.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @anonymous: I can't believe I got a purple star on this and it's ironic it's this lens. I have a pot of venison soup on the stove now.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It is a funny thing but I grew up largely on moose meat and fish that my father caught yet I don't enjoy wild meat at all as an adult. Mind you I have really cut meat down in my diet considerably as well. Congratulations on your new purple star.

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I like venison it just depends on how it is cooked. On stew must be nice because the meat is softer. Will try your recipe

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I enjoy venison. I grew up in Nebraska and I currently live in West Texas so we usually have a freezer full of it. I have never tried venison stew. This recipe looks really good. Thank you for sharing.

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      I love venison as well, will have to try out this recipe. I am working towards my hunting license, like you I don't like guns, however I discovered that I can shoot a bow, and its not too difficult to get good enough to hunt with.... hoping to try out my new bow hunting skills soon to take down a deer and try this recipe.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I lover venison in stew and any other way. I shot a big doe once and felt so bad that I didn't hunt to kill deer after that. BUT, I love it when a friend give me some fresh game. Gosh, I sure would like a bowl of that stew right now. May I have a large glass of cold milk, and a heel of buttered bread, too? - I'll wait right here. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love all wild game. Thanks for the info.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing this venison stew recipe. book marked

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @flycatcherrr: From what I understand deer tastes different in various parts of the country, and the species. I did NOT like the Mule Deer my husband got a few years back. Deer on a diet of acorns taste different than corn fed in the open fields. You're recipe sounds good. I've made hamburger beef and vegetable soup, but never added cabbage. Will have to try that.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Venison is one of my favourite kinds of meat. Beef is really not the same at all, though one can often be substituted for another. There's a recipe for "Hamburger Soup" you can find all over the place online, that calls for ground beef, but I think it's quite amazing with venison instead - tomatoes, celery, cabbage, onion, etc., it's rather like cabbage rolls in a soup form. You might like it... Also, yay for venison lasagna!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Yummy lens.Great Job.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Great job; cool pics! I love my stock pots ;)

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      wahmshelley 4 years ago

      I haven't cooked venison in a while...But I, like you, am married to a deer hunter, so I basically know where you are coming from...

      WAHM Shelley... :)