Venison tastes a bit like beef, but is smoother in texture and slightly firmer.
In my opinion, it is the best meat out there, but you need to ensure it has been culled and prepared correctly – just as you would with any other animal.
Flavour wise it tastes a little like beef, but with less fat, and slightly more gamey.
Whether you like gamey flavours is down to your personal preference, but I and many others do, although, if the meat has prepared correctly, then venison should no be too gamey at all.
Does venison taste better than beef?
This will depend on a lot of factors, but if cooked and prepared correctly, then yes, venison can taste better than beef.
Whether venison tastes better than beef will very much depend on your own tastes and how the venison has been cooked.
As beef is likely to have been part of your diet from an early age, then you will know that beef can taste amazingly good, and well as rather bad, depending on how it has been prepared and cooked.
The same goes for venison.
If it has been prepared and then cooked correctly, depending on the cut etc, then as a meat eater you will likely love it.
However, if it has not, then you will either find it too chewy, or dry.
If this is your first experience of venison, then it’s not going to win you over.
So please, make sure it’s of a decent quality and has been correctly cooked so you will likely enjoy it.
I will link up to a recipe I use further down the page.
Is venison chewy?
No, venison is not chewy if it’s cooked correctly.
If pan frying venison fillet for example, it is easy to over do it and make it chewy, just like if you were cooking a beef steak.
Knowing your cook times is essential.
I usually cook mine to around medium rare, so they are cooked through, but still slightly pink in the middle.
I would also recommend not crowding the pan, to allow steam to escape etc, other side you can end up boiling the fillet instead of frying it.
Stick to 3-4 pieces at a time.
Why is venison so popular?
Venison’s popularity has increased massively in recent years.
This is largely down to the public being more aware of intensive farming practices and looking elsewhere to more sustainable options.
There is nothing more sustainable on the meat front than wild venison.
The deer have normally been living a very clean and wild existence, grazing on wild plants and shrubs.
This is reflected in the flavour of the meat.
And the main reason for its popularity… it tastes great!
Is venison more expensive than beef?
Venison is far more popular than it once was, and as such, the supply has increased and prices reduced.
In reality though, venison is still likely to be more expensive than beef, due to it not being a commodity product.
It’s not always the case though, and can actually be really good value if you find a good supplier.
Even better, befriend a keen deer stalker and they should hopefully have a steady and regular supply for you.
Or better still, take up stalking yourself!
As a comparison, shop bought venison mince here in the UK comes in at approx £17.50 per kilo.
Good quality organic beef mince from the same supplier comes in at approx £12.60 per kilo.
|Price per kilo
|Good quality organic beef mince
|Good quality venison mince
Is venison gamey?
If the animal has been correctly killed, gralloched and then stored correctly, then the venison should not taste ‘gamey’.
Like all game, the key is the preparation and ultimately how the animal (or bird) has then been stored.
Venison has its own flavour, and if cooked correctly, is a truly delicious meat.
If you have concerns over whether you might not like the flavour, then I would recommend trying some venison burgers to start with, or venison sausages.
Your local butchers or supermarket should stock these.
Or, if you fancy having a crack yourself, try my delicious venison burgers recipe.
Can you eat venison rare?
Whilst it is technically possible to eat venison rare, it is not recommended.
You should always cook venison to be on the safe side.