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What Sauce Goes With Venison? ⋆ 12 Of The Best To Try ⋆

Are you looking to enjoy Venison for dinner? Are you wondering what sauce to pair it with, or serve alongside it? Well, here are some of the best options that you should absolutely consider.

So, what sauce goes with Venison? Some of the best sauces that go particularly well with Venison include Blackberry sauce, Red wine sauce, Mushroom sauce, Peppercorn sauce, Spiced berry sauce, Plum and Thyme sauce, Béarnaise sauce, Mustard sauce, Chimichurri, Salsa Verde, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Teriyaki sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce.

That’s more than enough to get you started, and to consider.

But in all honesty, what is going to be right for you and your meal is going to depend on a few factors.

Firstly, what you intend to serve the venison with.

Secondly, how you plan to cook your Vension.

And then there are tastes and preferences to consider too.

Besides, Venison can differ quite dramatically in terms of taste; sometimes it is strong and gamey and intensely flavored.

Some people love that about it, others would prefer to mask it.

That being said, those sauces listed above are popular favorites, and they do tend to work especially well.

So let us quickly run through each of the above sauces.

We will then look at a particular recipe which is my personal favorite and a truly winning combination when eaten with Venison!

Sauces For Venison

The below sauces are ideal for venison:

  • Blackberry sauce – Great for venison loin or steaks, or any other red meat for that matter. As the name suggests, a typical recipe of this sauce is made from blackberries, garlic, wine, stock, butter and onion.
  • Red wine sauce – Easily made with minimal ingredients. Red wine, stock, butter and sometimes wine vinegar are often used.
  • Mushroom sauce – Creamy, velvety and rich. Often involves butter, cream and cheese too.
  • Peppercorn sauce – Packed with flavor and ideal for all red meats. It is often made from red wine, cream and stock too.
  • Spiced berry sauce – Raspberries or Blackberries can be used for this sauce along with allspice berries, vinegar and stock.
  • Plum and Thyme sauce – Plums and Thyme leaves add light, summer flavors.
  • Béarnaise sauce – Clarified butter, emulsified in egg yolks and white wine vinegar then flavored with herbs.. What more could you want with your venison
  • Mustard sauce – A sauce to provide a little heat and take away the gaminess that Venison can have.
  • Chimichurri – A versatile, hot South American sauce made of Parsley, Garlic, Chillis and herbs.
  • Salsa Verde – A herbaceous salsa that can be made in a variety of different ways.
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce – As the name suggests, providing sweet and sour flavors to contrast the gaminess of the meat.
  • Teriyaki sauce – A savoury sauce with notes of umami.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce – A sweet sauce with a subtle hint of heat.

Blackberry Sauce For Venison Recipe

The following Blackberry sauce is ideal for Venison and a popular pairing.

It doesn’t require too many ingredients and can be prepared just before you cook your meat.


  • 2 Tablespoons of Shallot, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Blackberry Jam
  • 1 Cup of Red Wine,
  • 1 Cup of Beed Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter,
  • 15 Fresh Blackberries
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


Step One: In a pan, add the shallots, garlic, blackberry jam and red wine.

Step Two: Simmer over medium heat, until the mixture reduces by half. This should take between 10-20 minutes.

Step Three: Strain this liquid through a fine mesh and sieve. Set it aside.

Step Four: Add the bone broth to a separate pan and warm over medium heat. Again, until it reduces by half (10-20 minutes).

Step Five: Add the two sauces together in one pan, and combine by whisking thoroughly. Add the butter, mix in, and season with salt and pepper.

You can now move on to cooking your venison.

Once done, either serve the sauce directly over or in a side dish.

Although you may want to gently reheat it prior to serving. Add the blackberries to finish your dish off.


There are many flavorsome sauces to serve with Venison.

But as Venison can be cooked and prepared in various different ways, and since everyone has their own tastes and preferences when it comes to the flavor of this particular red meat – there really is no one best sauce.

The trick is to try a few out and see what you like yourself.

Or matching the intensity of the sauce to the flavor of the meat.

For instance, gamier venison tends to pair best with spicy sauces. Particularly if you are not too fond of that strong flavor.

Other than this, you can always experiment with your own sauces.

Starting with garlic, salt, pepper, wine, and sugar. You can make a delicious simple sauce with these few ingredients.

Or use them as a base for something more advanced.,

Have fun with it and find out what you enjoy.

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