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Venison loin with chocolate sauce

Thu, 7 April, 2022

The posh cut, venison loin, cooked medium and served with chocolate sauce: that’s an impressive fine dining style dish easily prepared.

venison loin with chocolate sauce

Venison loin is the choicest cut of this game meat and thus pricey, and difficult to come by. You can find it at good butchers’, and it usually will need to be specially ordered. It is very expensive but impressive, delicious and easy to cook so ideal for a special occasion.

Top restaurants offer it on their menus, charging top dollar of course. I first encountered the combination of venison fillet and chocolate sauce at Cliveden House restaurant, a very swish place indeed.

The match is wonderful, two earthy flavours of dark chocolate and rich game meat complementing each other perfectly.

Plus, there are remarkably transcendent benefits to putting venison on your menu.

roast venison loin and chocolate sauce

Venison is sustainable

Sustainable and ethical: wild deer population needs to be managed in order to protect farming, as those creatures will happily eat through a plot of lettuce or stampede across a field of wheat.

Meat from farmed deer is also available and it is completely free range too.

The Bambi reservation that some people have towards eating venison is completely ridiculous – eating ugly pigs is okay then on aesthetic grounds only? What a lookist attitude.

roasted venison loin fillet

Venison is healthy

Full of iron and nutrients, venison is far more interesting than fatty pork or bland chicken. Its fat content, especially saturated fats, is lower than a skinless chicken breast. It has the highest protein and the lowest cholesterol content of any major meat.

And it’s deliciously tender when handled correctly, salting the meat in advance being the most important trick.

venison loins

How to prepare venison loin?

I spied the method of wrapping a venison portion off the searing pan in a butter wrapper, to finish off in the oven, on a Gordon Ramsay show, absolute ages ago. It is an excellent way of keeping that lean cut succulent – and put the wrapper to a good use too.

So how easy it is to cook the precious loin? Very easy indeed.

Salting ahead as per my mantra is important as usual, and then the pricey chunks need to be seared very quickly in a hot pan, basted with butter and given just five minutes in the oven, in the said butter wrap.

Obviously, for a lack of an empty wrapper use lightly greased foil or parchment.

cooking venison loin

How to make chocolate sauce for venison?

Whatever you might expect to the contrary, chocolate sauce for meat is not at all sweet and you shouldn’t use leftovers to pour over ice cream.

The base is made classically, by sweating onions or shallots with bay leaf and thyme. Beef stock and red wine are used as liquid ingredients and the dark chocolate is melted into strained base.

At this stage it needs to be handled gently and kept only at a simmer if reducing it to thicken, or the chocolate might split.

chocolate sauce for venison

More venison recipes

A slice of venison haunch can be turned into a delightful steak with red wine sauce made with pan juices. And it doesn’t cost a fortune.

Chocolate sauce pairing with venison is a fabulous match indeed. This time roast venison haunch, perfectly tender and cooked medium rare.

The less choice cuts can be used in a casserole, with mushrooms and red wine, slowly cooked in the oven.

venison with chocolate sauce

Venison loin with chocolate sauce

Servings: 4Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 venison loin fillets (about 200g/7 oz. each)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • For the chocolate sauce :
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100ml (23 cup) red wine
  • 300ml (114 cup) beef stock
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 40g (3 oz.) dark chocolate


1. Cut the fillets into individual portions, about 100g/3 oz. each. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Prepare the sauce: peel and chop the shallots and garlic. Melt the 1 tsp butter in a small saucepan and add the shallots, garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Cook stirring occasionally until the shallots start to caramelise.

3. Pour in the red wine and cook for a couple minutes to reduce. Add the stock and continue cooking until reduced by half.

4. Strain the sauce into a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the vinegar, then whisk in the dark chocolate broken up into pieces. Check for thickness and gently cook down for a couple more minutes if the sauce is too watery. Keep warm.

5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Prepare 2 butter wrapper or 2 pieces of foil.

6. Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. When hot, quickly sear all the venison pieces on all sides, taking no longer than 2 minutes in total. Take the pan off the heat, add the butter and baste the meat with it as it melts.

7. Loosely wrap the venison in the butter wrappers, return to the pan and transfer it to the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and rest for another 5 minutes.

8. To serve, slice the venison pieces thickly and spoon over the sauce.

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Impressive! Thanks for sharing this.
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