Venison Stroganoff is a simple and comforting dinner recipe that has all the qualities of classic Stroganoff with the added flavor of fresh ground venison.
Stroganoff may be one of my favorite weeknight meals. Or weekend meals. Any time meal, really. It’s filling and simple, flavorful and satisfying. It’s another great venison recipe using ground deer meat and is a staple in our household.
Ingredients for this recipe
- Ground Venison
- White Onion
- Onion & Garlic Powder
- Corn Starch
- Brown Ale (or another similar beer)
- Beef Stock
- Heavy Cream and/or Sour Cream
- Egg Noodles
- Kosher Salt & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Beef Stroganoff is such a Midwestern meal. It’s made of carbs and dairy and meat. All the major food groups are represented. The only way to take it up a notch and make it even more Midwestern? Even more Wisconsin? By using ground venison!
Cooking with Venison
Like many other recipes on my site – this one utilizes ground venison. As always, whenever you’re cooking venison it’s important to be sure it is cooked through. Whether it's venison burgers, tacos, or grilled backstrap, proper cooking times and temps are important!
Cooking venison to the proper temperature ensures that any and all bacteria in the meat is killed and there is no risk of illness. (Proper cooking temps and times are handy to keep in mind whenever you’re preparing meat of any kind, not just venison!)
How to make stroganoff
- Sauté the mushrooms. In just a bit of oil. Did you know that using less fat is better when sautéing mushrooms? When they begin to cook, they release their natural moisture. This aids in browning! A sprinkle of salt moves the process along too.
- Brown the venison. After sautéing the onion and garlic. Cook the ground meat all the way through after seasoning.
- Sprinkle with cornstarch. This will help thicken our sauce!
- Deglaze the pan. First with beer. Then add the beef stock. So much flavor!
- Add in the dairy. Heavy cream provides silkiness, sour cream offers a tangy flavor.
- Serve over egg noodles. The perfect vehicle for any stroganoff recipe.
Recipe tips and substitutions
- Mushrooms - I like to use sliced baby portabella mushrooms, though button would work too. If you’re allergic to mushrooms or simply don’t like them, they can be left out.
- Beer - The flavor that a roasty, toasty brown ale offers this stroganoff recipe is divine. But if you don’t enjoy cooking with beer or can’t find a quality craft brew, simply use an equal amount of beef stock.
- Salt - I call for Kosher salt in this recipe as I prefer it for cooking over table salt. If you don't have Kosher salt you can use table salt, but only half of the amount. So this recipe calls for one tablespoon of Kosher salt, meaning to start with 1 ½ teaspoons of regular table salt. Remember to always taste and adjust your seasoning while cooking!
- Dairy - I like the mixture of using heavy cream and sour cream in this recipe. Though, again, substitutions can be made. Using all heavy cream will result in the thinner sauce. Using all sour cream will result in a thicker sauce that is very tangy. I have made it both ways and enjoy both! Use what you have on hand!
- Noodles - Egg noodles are the traditional noodle used when serving stroganoff. They’re mild flavored, tender, and their shape provides the perfect surface for sauce. This would be just as delicious served over rice or a bed of mashed potatoes.
To serve and store leftovers
- Keep the noodles and meat separate until serving, as the noodles can become soggy and break down if mixed together.
- Store leftovers separately in the fridge.
- When reheating, add another splash of heavy cream or milk to the sauce to bring it back to life when reheating.
- 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt divided
- 8 oz. Portabella Mushrooms sliced
- 1 medium White Onion diced
- 2 tsp. Minced Garlic
- 2 pounds Ground Venison
- ¾ tsp. garlic powder
- ¾ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon corn starch
- 8 oz. Brown Ale (or similar style beer)
- 12 oz. Beef Stock
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 8 oz. Heavy Cream
- Fresh Parsley, for serving (optional)
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet. Add mushrooms, season with 1 tsp. kosher salt. Cook until mushrooms have released their juices and are brown, about 6-8 minutes.
- Remove mushrooms from pan and add another 2 tablespoon oil to pan. Stir in onion and cook until onions begin to become translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the vension, seasoning generously with remaining kosher salt, ¾ tsp. onion and garlic powder, and ½ tsp. black pepper. Cook until venison is browned through, about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the cornstarch over the browned meat, stirring to coat and break up any large chunks, ensuring the meat is evenly coated. Deglaze the pan with the brown ale, scraping any browned bits off the bottom. Taste and add more salt, if necessary.
- Add the beef stock. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by half, about 5 minutes more.
- Stir in cooked mushrooms, sour cream, and heavy cream. Cook until bubbly and thick. Serve over warm egg noodles and top with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.
- Feel free to use 16 ounces of just sour cream, omitting the heavy cream, for a thicker, tangier stroganoff.
- Alternatively, 16 ounces of heavy cream can also be used, omitting the sour cream, for a thinner, lighter sauce.
- Store leftovers separately in refrigerator (noodles and sauce separately) for up to five days.
- Ground beef can be substituted in this recipe, if desired. Just be sure to drain the fat after browning.