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Venison stew in a white bowl.

Venison Stew

Cozy up to a bowl of Venison Stew, made with lean protein, red wine, and lots of winter vegetables. If you’re lucky enough to have venison on hand, it’s definitely not to be missed.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 servings
Calories 193kcal


  • 1 (3 pound) venison roast cut into 1½ -inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 celery ribs finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine see notes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes scrubbed and quartered
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • Pat venison pieces dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven or large stockpot over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add half the meat in a single layer and cook, without moving, until browned on one side, about 5 minutes.
  • Flip each piece of venison and continue cooking until browned on the other side. Transfer to a bowl. Heat another tablespoon of oil and repeat with remaining venison until browned. Transfer to bowl.
  • Heat last tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in flour and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, wine, and chicken broth, thyme, bay leaves, and browned venison with accumulated juices, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.
  • Stir in potatoes and carrots. Return to a simmer, cover, and cook 1 hour longer, until venison is tender.
  • Remove bay leaves and any thyme stems. Off the heat, stir in peas and cover for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



  • Beef stew meat may be substituted for the venison.
  • For the red wine, I like Côtes du Rhône or Pinot Noir.
  • One additional cup of chicken broth may be substituted for the wine.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5339IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg