Venison Stew

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 10 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
I had no choice but to learn to cook many years ago while my wife recuperated from surgery. But I found I really enjoyed trying different recipes and adapting them to my own taste—that's how my now-famous venison stew recipe came to be! —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pounds venison stew meat
  • 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 7 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Browning sauce, optional


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Brown meat on all sides. Remove from pan. Add onions to the same pan; cook and stir until crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Add water, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt and pepper. Return meat to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. Add potatoes and carrots. Continue to cook until vegetables are tender, 30-45 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. In a small bowl, mix flour and cold water until smooth; stir into Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. If desired, stir in browning sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 271 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 791mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.