Reindeer Goulash

I bought some frozen reindeer meat and had no idea what to do with it. Yesterday it snowed for the first time here in Germany this year so I really started lusting for a hearty stew or goulash. Since there aren’t many reindeer stews or goulash recipes on the web I came up with my own recipe with ingredients that I still had at home so I didn’t have to go out into the cold. Yay to a stocked pantry!

Here’s the outcome:

reindeer goulash

Doesn’t it look delicious? Let me tell you it turned out super tender due to being in the oven for about 3 hours. Oh deer! ( Bad pun intended :P) I think this would work with all kind of venison.

So here’s the recipe if you feel like preparing Reindeer Goulash.


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 500g reindeer steak, cut into cubes
  • 2 large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized carrots, thick sliced
  • 1 stack of leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and cubed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp each of Cardamon, Allspice, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 tbspĀ  Parsley, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped

reindeer goulash

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a casserole dish or dutch oven.
  3. Add the onion until they turn translucent. Add the steak and brown well.
  4. Add in the garlic carrots, sweet potatoes, red pepper and the leek and fry for around 5 minutes.
  5. Add the can of diced tomatoes. Fill up half of the can with water and add to the mix.
  6. Now add all the other herbs.
  7. Cover and bake in the oven for 2-3 hours.
  8. Sprinkle over the parsley and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serve the reindeer goulash with pasta or baguette and a drop of sour cream. I think this would also work great in a slow cooker.

reindeer goulash




  1. Bunny Eats Design Dec 16th, 2014 1:31 am

    I’ve never eaten reindeer before! To be honest, I didn’t know it was done. What does taste similar to?

    • arfotografie Dec 16th, 2014 11:26 am

      Hi there, it tastes a lot like regular beef in my opinion. But I’m not sure if I would buy it again due to it being more expensive.


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