Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe.

This venison stew for the slow cooker was inspired by a blogger recipe challenge.

I was partnered with Corina at Searching for Spice, and tried her recipe for Slow Cooked Juniper Beef Stew so I could use up some of the venison in my freezer.

Since Corina wrote that juniper berries were used in Scandinavian and Central European stews with venison, I knew it would be perfect!

While the combination of juniper berries, cloves, allspice and nutmeg was not what my family was used to, it was a deliciously wonderful change from the Herbes de Provence type blend that I usually add to my slow cooker venison stews.

Plus, it was a great way to use up that bottle of juniper berries that’s been sitting in my spice rack for eons!

Making an easy slow cooker venison stew

What size slow cooker?

You’re going to need at least a six quart slow cooker!

When making this crock-pot venison recipe, I doubled Corina’s recipe since it served two and we have four people in our family.

Then I added a pound of parsnips and lots more carrots and celery, since you can never have too many vegetables.

That’s a lot of food! So I you definitely need a six-quart Crock-Pot to cook up your Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew.

Save time

Don’t forget to use slow cooker liners for easy cleanup. I love not having to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it in the morning.

With liners, I just rinse my slow cooker crock. EASY!

Set up the night before

Finally, prep your slow cooker venison stew recipe the night before and place the crock in your refrigerator.

Then get your easy slow cooker venison stew going in your slow cooker first thing in the morning, so it’s ready when you get home from work.

Bowls of venison stew and vegetables.

How to make a gluten free crock-pot venison stew

There are several things to keep in mind if you want to keep this crock-pot venison gluten free.

Use gluten free flour

I coated (or dredged) the venison in a gluten free flour and browned it. Yes, it adds an extra step, but browning venison gives a nice flavor to the stew and adds a thickener to the broth.

Feel free to use any gluten free flour you like! A brown rice flour adds a nutty taste to this slow cooker venison recipe.

However, an all-purpose gluten free flour like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour would work, too.

Use gluten free broth

For the broth, I used gluten free Massel beef flavored bouillon, since I always have them in my pantry.

If you’re gluten free you HAVE to keep a supply of Massel bouillon and stock concentrate products in your pantry.

They’re so terrific for making a quick batch of broth or stock to use in soups, stews, sauces or to flavor sautéed vegetables. Their products are vegetarian (yes, even the “beef” and “chicken”) and gluten free. Check them out!

You can also use a premade gluten free beef broth or gluten free vegetable broth in this Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew recipe.

Make sure to read the label carefully for any hidden sources of gluten if the front of the carton doesn’t state “gluten free.”

Check out my  Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!

Bowl of venison stew with onions, parsnips, mushrooms, and carrots.

Looking for more slow cooker recipes and crock-pot recipes?

If you love venison stew recipes, check out my Easy Slow Cooker Venison Stew.

If you love crock-pot cooking, here are more easy slow cooker recipes:

Crock-Pot Cabbage Roll Casserole

Slow Cooker Creamy Verde Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

Crock-Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken with Black Beans & Corn

Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John


Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe

A gluten free slow cooker recipe for venison stew made with carrots and parsnips and seasoned with junipers, cloves and allspice.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds venison, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups gluten free beef or vegetable stock or 3 cups water and 3 Massel beef-flavored bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons juniper berries, gently crushed
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound baby Bella mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 red onions, sliced


  1. Place venison stew meat in a bowl and sprinkle pepper, salt, and gluten free flour over the meat. Toss to evenly coat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Place venison in a pan and cook until evenly browned on all sides. Remove meat from pan and place into slow cooker crock.
  3. Add 3 cups of broth or water to the pan. Bring to boil, lower heat, and keep at a low simmer. If using bouillon cubes, add to the pan, and break up cubes with the back of a spoon or spatula. Add tomato paste to the pan and stir to combine.
  4. Scrape off bits of meat and cooked on flour with a spoon or spatula to deglaze pan thoroughly. Pour contents of the pan over the meat in the slow cooker. The liquid should completely cover venison. If not, add more stock or a little water.
  5. Sprinkle spices and herbs on top of the meat. Add vegetables.
  6. Cover and set the slow cooker to the low setting. Cook for 8-10 hours until the venison is tender.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 651Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 472mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 69g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on April 14, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe

16 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Juniper Venison Stew Recipe

  1. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    This sounds so good Anne Marie! A few years ago I was in a vintage recipe redo group and I made a Venison Breakfast Sausage, and I think it also had juniper berries. Had never used them before but I loved the unique flavor. Love your recipe!

  2. colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess

    Juniper berries aren’t in my wheelhouse of spices, but this recipe sounds great!

  3. Min

    This stew looks like a keeper. I’m always game for a new venison recipe! 😉
    And I just happen to have a whole pound of juniper berries in my cupboard…

  4. Rebekah

    I’ve never tried juniper berries, so I have no idea how they’d taste in a stew, but your photos are gorgeous and the stew looks
    so hearty and filling, just what you want a stew to be. And I agree – browning the meat first is always worth the time and dishes! 🙂

  5. danielle

    I commented on the wrong post and Im glad I did because I found a great kale recipe I cant wait to try. This stew looks amazing too!

  6. Corina

    I’m so glad you liked this. I’d love to have a go with venison one day, but my husband is a little precious about the idea of eating deer!

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Loved it, Corina. My husband was the one who harvested the deer, so no problems on his part. Plus venison is so healthy for you!

  7. Jane's Adventures in Dinner

    What a gorgeous choices and your photos turned out just as well. Nothing better than a yummy stew.


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