Best venison stew ever

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Best venison stew ever
Best venison stew ever

Ah, hunting and football season are here! It has been a long year without either and its time to get back into the swing.

If you’re like me, the freezer has been depleted of venison and I’m ready for more. I can taste the Norwegian Reindeer Stew now. During my four year tour in Norway I fell in love with their traditional stew. They use Reindeer, Moose and Roe deer in their recipe so I thought why not Whitetail deer, and I was right!

The first time I had Norwegian Stew was at the Frognerseteren Restaurant in Oslo.Nowegian Restaurant It sits on top of a Mountain that overlooks Oslo and is where I fell in love with the best venison stew ever.

There are two primary ingredients that can be a challenge to find here in the US, but I promise you it is worth the effort. If you can’t find the Gjetost Cheese or Lingonberry Sauce I have included links to purchase them.

Gjetost CheeseLingonberry Sauce





Recipe (4 portions):


1lb of Vinson (cut into small pieces)

2 Tbsp butter

1 small Vidalia onion, halved and sliced thin

1.5 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp mustard (french or dark)

1.5 Tbsp soy sauce

3 cups broth made from meat or bouillon or beef cubes

2 Tbsp flour (mixed in some of the broth)

2 cups sour cream

5 to 6 slices of Gjetost Cheese

8oz of diced mushrooms


Fry the meat with butter.

Fry onions and mushrooms. Add the meat, broth and flour mixture into the same deep pan with onions and mushrooms. Taste in the soy sauce and mustard.

Simmer at low temp for at least 15-20 minutes or until the meat is tender.

Stir in Gjetost Cheese and sour cream.

Taste with salt & Pepper. Serve with Lingonberry Sauce on the side. Goes very well with mashed potatoes or rice as well.


8 thoughts on “Best venison stew ever”

  1. Wow. yummy mouth watering stew. I am already salivating . I really want to try this stew out.

    Thank you for giving us a tutorial on how to prepare this kind of stew. I hope mine tastes as good as yours when I try this preparation stuff on my own.

    I will be back to check out more recipes

    1. Great Fidel, it is good with any game as well. Rabbit, etc. and great with lamb too. Thanks for checking my site out and for your comment. Look forward to hear how you like the recipe.

  2. I looked over your recipe. It looks very good. I never tried making venison stew. We would get some of the deer meat grounded like hamburger. Venison makes the best chili. Chili is not the same with regular hamburger. It is so much better made with venison grounded meat. I can really taste the difference. If I ever get a chance, I will try your recipe.


    1. I promise you will be glad you did linda. Maybe at least keep the back strap and perhaps a ham for the Norwegian stew and get the rest ground for chili. I agree, ground venison for chili is the best, I also like it in spaghetti sauce.

      I started quartering my deer to save money on butcher cost, any meat from the deer works very well in the stew.

      Thanks for your visit and please come back again.

  3. Hi Mark,
    Well I was not hungry until after reading this article on making Venison Stew. I have to say that I will trying and sharing this with my entire friend that I know. Will be bookmarking this page and coming back: to see what other things are here at your wonderful website.
    Yours Truly,

    1. Thanks for visiting my site Carlton and truly appreciate you sharing it with your friends. Hope you will enjoy the Venison Stew as much as I do. God bless.

  4. Interesting recipe. I live in Indonesia at I can see some ingredients that are hard to get here.

    Can I substitute:
    – Vinson with beef
    – Vidalia onion with regular onion
    – Gjetost cheese with ordinary cheddar cheese
    – Lingonberry sauce with strawberry sauce

    Yes, I am asking a lot and this will change the whole recipe. But what do you think?

    1. Hmmm, I think your ingredients would be a bit of a stretch. Not sure how it would turn out but perhaps the below is available and would get you close.


      Regular onion

      Any kind of goat cheese

      Cranberry sauce.

      Give it a try and let me know.

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