Instant Pot Venison Roast

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This Instant Pot venison roast is a the perfect weekend meal!

After 3 hours of slow cooking, it comes out tender, juicy, and mouth-watering. Which means we’re using the Instant Pot as a slow cooker for this recipe. You can also prepare your pot roast using the pressure cooker function – but more on that later.

Beef broth, onion, potatoes and carrots make this deer roast balanced and absolutely delicious.

And the best part? This Instant Pot Venison Roast recipe is a one-pot meal! It has saved me many precious Sunday hours.

Although the recipe calls for a 3-hour total time, you don’t have to babysit your roast. This makes the recipe ideal for last-minute dinner arrangements.

Have you ever invited guests over for a meal on short notice?

With this scrumptious  meat recipe, the minimal prep gives you plenty of time to get ready for their arrival while your roast simmers away.

There are 2 ways to make venison Roast in the Instant Pot:

1. As a pressure cooker

Using the pressure cook function is faster and use the ability of the Instant Pot to get great results in a shorter time.

2. As as slow cooker

Using the slow cook function let as make the recipe in the traditional way. In this method we are using the Instant Pot as a slow cooker. We are not taking advantage of the special abilities of the Instant Pot, and just using it as if it was a crock-pot or any other slow cooker.

Please note the the normal setting we are applying here (Slow cook button + Normal) is similar to the “low” setting on a regular slow cooker.

For more info you can check out how to use Instant Pot as a slow cooker.

Which method is better?

It’s up to you. For our not-so-sophisticated taste, the pressure cooking option is enough, since we can get great result in half the time.

If you want to get a perfect result, or have a special holiday dinner, you can definitely go with the slow cooker way and make this dish overnight.

Which beef cut to use?

To get a tender, juicy, and flavorful deer roast, you need to choose the correct cuts and stick to the recommended roasting time.

Choose your venison cuts depending on the desired cooking method.

  • The best cut for your venison pot roast is the lower ham. But if you’re anything like me – a fan of rich flavors – rump roast is the right option for you (it’s also more cost-effective).
  • Backstrap and tenderloin are both good choices for cooked venison. With these cuts, you’ll want to add a dash more beef broth or chicken broth to your Instant Pot to keep the meat moist.

Vension cuts diagram

As I’ve mentioned above, you can either choose to slow cook venison in your Instant Pot or cook it under high pressure. Either way, the result is deliciously juicy meat that falls apart with a fork.

The long, slow cooking will break down your venison roast into a mouth-melting delicacy.

Preparing your roast with the pressure cooker setting will also tenderize the meat. Unlike traditional roasting, where high temperatures produce dry and chewy meat, pressure cooking only makes it tender.

The high temperature cooks your dish super fast, but the pressure “melts” the collagen into gelatin – giving the meat a velvety texture and make it fall apart.

Pressure cooking vs slow cooking

If you wanna use your Instant Pot as a pressure cooker, just follow the recipe box bellow.

For slow cooking, just throw all the ingredients and set the cooking time to 3 our 6 hours. Check out this table for more details:

Cooking method
Cooking time
Pressure cooking 140 minutes + 15 minutes
Slow cooking (set to “High”) 3 hours (180 minutes)
Slow cooking (set to “Normal”) 6 hours (360 minutes)

Do I have to use onion?

Onion gives an extra taste together with the potatoes and carrots, but you can use onion soup mix instead of raw onion.

How to serve?

This Instant Pot Venison Roast recipe is a one-pot meal! So it’s great as is. If you want, feel free to serve it with jasmine rice, brown rice or even farro.

Do I have to use thyme?

I’ve used thyme in the ingredients below, but you can replace it with sage or rosemary.

venison roast

How to add more spice to the recipe?

I looove experimenting with my Instant Pot recipes. To spice this one up a bit, try adding some gravy, red wine, and aromatic vegetables.

  1. To make your venison au jus, take the pot juices left after the cooking and thicken them with 1 Tbsp of corn starch.
  2. To make sure the gravy isn’t lumpy, mix the corn starch with a bit of the meat juice you set aside before adding it to your gravy saucepan.
  3.  Cook the gravy for 5-10 minutes.

The addition of red wine will add deep flavor to your gravy, while 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce will give it a piquant punch.

If you want less saturated fat per serving, go without the gravy. The original recipe includes 2 Tbsp olive oil, so this is the only fat you really need.

More one-pot meals ideas

If you want a one-pot meal you can make using the slow cooking function, check out the Instant Pot Ropa Vieja.

If you are looking for a similar one-pot meal with potatoes, try this Instant Pot Cornish Hen.

You can also go with the Instant Pot Jewish Brisket or the Instant Pot goulash.

If you like stews and comfort food, check out this beef stew and this chicken stew.


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Instant Pot Venison Roast
3.73 from 37 votes
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Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, Venison Stew
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • 2 lb venison roast
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 lb potatoes diced
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and press the Saute function.
  • Rub salt and pepper over the roast. Use the Instant Pot to saute each side until the meat is brown all over.
  • Pour beef stock into the pot, close the lid, and cook on high pressure for 140 minutes.
  • Once cooked, wait for a natural release or use a manual Quick Release to discharge the pressure.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and cook on high pressure for 15 more minutes.
  • Once finished, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Place the roast on a cutting board to rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 598kcal Carbohydrates: 113g Protein: 19g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Sodium: 4311mg Potassium: 3107mg Fiber: 19g Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 31001IU Vitamin C: 119mg Calcium: 223mg Iron: 6mg


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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot Venison Roast

  1. Hey, Corrie, in the description you say that you’re using the IP on Slow Cooke setting, but in the recipe, you indicate high pressure. Can you clarify, please?

  2. Not really clarified as you still say instant pot as a slow cooker but say use on high pressure setting. Is is slow cooked or pressure cooked?

      1. Will the time still be 140 minutes if pressure cooked? Or is it 140 minutes slow cooked? Sorry I’m still confused. Dont want to burn it in high pressure! Thanks.

        1. 140 minutes is the cook time if using the slow cook function. If you choose to pressure cook, I think 50 minutes will work well.

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