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Instant Pot Venison Stew

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This Instant Pot venison stew recipe is a true comfort food and it only takes 2 minutes of pressure cooking! It’s a soup for ultimate comfort soup for cold wintery days.

venison instant pot stew with potatoes celery carrots

the best venison stew

This venison stew is simply the best for cold, wintry days. Our family loves it because…

  • it’s a fast and easy comfort food
  • pressure cooking is the best for roasts and stews
  • we can make a large meal with very little prep

How do I make Instant Pot venison stew?

Deer stew is easily made in the Instant Pot, pressure cooker Ninja Foodi and the best part is, it’s all made in one pot!

First, dip your cuttings of venison into flour and sear them in olive oil on the saute function. 

Next, remove the venison from the pot and place your onions in with a bit more olive oil and cook until translucent. Mix in tomato paste. 

Add the rest of your vegetables with the stock.

venison instant pot stew in the pressure cooker
venison stew after pressure cooking

How long do I cook venison roast in the pressure cooker? 

Add back in the pieces of venison and pressure cook for 2 minutes with quick release. Instant venison roast!

pressure cooker instant pot with venison stew inside
venison stew in the Instant Pot with carrots, onions and celery

How do I make venison stew in the slow cooker (Crock Pot) or stove top?

For the stove top deer stew, follow this recipe except instead of pressure cooking for 2 minutes you’re going to cook on the stove top at low medium heat for about 30 to 45 minutes. 

If you’re using a slow cooker to make deer stew, combine all ingredients and cook on low for four approximately 4 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

hearty venison stew
venison stew is perfect with carrots, celery, onions and potatoes

What vegetables go with venison roast?

I use potatoes, red onion, carrots, and celery for this recipe. However, feel free to use whatever fresh vegetables you love most.

venison deer stew
venison stew after pressure cooking for two minutes

Can I use this recipe for elk, deer or moose? 

Yes, but be sure to use a lean-cut meat diced into 1 inch sections.

bowl of venison stew with carrots and potatoes
deer stew is great for cold weather

Can I freeze venison (deer) stew?

Venison stew will freeze well for a couple of months if in an airtight bag.

venison beef stew in bowl with carrots and potatoes

Instant Pot Venison Stew

Instant Pot venison stew is the perfect comfort food for those wintry days. Prep, pressure cook for two minutes and you're done!
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
pressure cook time: 2 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Amber


  • Pressure cooker / Foodi / Instant Pot


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ lb venison I used sirloin
  • 2 cups red onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 russet potatoes chopped into quarters (I kept skin on)
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • 16 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)


  • Heat oil on Sautée function of Instant Pot. Coat pieces of venison into flour and add to hot oil. Sear.
    searing venison bits covered in flour
  • Remove venison from pot and set aside. Add onions and more oil until translucent.
    sautéing onions
  • Add tomato paste and mix with sautéed onions.
    add tomato paste to pot
  • Add in any remaining remaining veggies and seasonings.
    adding veggies to instant pot
  • Add back the seared venison and vegetable stock.
    adding back venison and stock
  • Pressure cook for 2 minutes. Quick release/ vent.
    venison deer stew



Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2859IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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