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How to make Swedish venison with liquorice

How to make Swedish venison with liquorice
Marinated fillet of venison with liquorice sauce. Photo: John Duxbury
Here's a traditional Swedish dish with a twist. Liquorice is very popular in Sweden and although it is usually associated with sweet dishes it goes really well with meats such as venison too.

The combination of flavours in this dish is stunning and it makes a wonderful treat for a special occasion.


Serves two

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 30 minutes

Total: 35 minutes (plus 30 minutes to marinate)


250g fillet of venison

1 small bunch of thyme

1 tbsp virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-2 tbsp red wine

1-2 tbsp liquorice syrup

1/2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp red currant jelly or rowan jelly

1/2-1 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional)


1. Put the venison, thyme, oil, salt and pepper in a plastic bag and mix the ingredients carefully. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

2. Heat a frying pan until really hot, then add the venison, turning regularly until browned but still raw in the centre (5-8 minutes).

3. Wrap the venison in foil and wait 20 minutes before carving. After carving, cover the meat with foil and keep warm.

4. Return the juices from the meat to the pan and add a tablespoon of red wine and a tablespoon of liquorice syrup. Heat through and stir until thorougly mixed.

5. Add the red currant jelly and butter and stir until the sauce thickens a little.

6. Have a taste and add more red wine or more liquorice syrup if desired. If it is too sweet add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

7. Pour the sauce over the carved meat and serve.


– If you can't find any liquorice syrup you can make your own easily by melting 25 g (1 oz) of pure liquorice with a tablespoon of water.

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, editor and founder of Swedish Food.

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