Pheasant Recipe: Simple Slow Cooker Stew

Alyson Rausch // February 1

Pheasant is one of the most versatile game birds you can eat. It can be cooked in several ways and has a taste and density that almost resembles that of chicken. One of my favorite ways to cook pheasant is in the slow cooker, simmering in a stew of rice and vegetables, poured over a couple of fluffy biscuits. Grab a seat, get out your slow cooker (you can grab one on Amazon!), and let the mouth-watering begin!

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Pheasant Recipe: Slow Cooker Stew


  • Cleaned pheasant breasts (I usually cook about 4 breasts at a time which feeds up to about 4 people, depending on your appetite!)
  • 3 chopped carrots (I prefer to cut mine into thinner slices so that they cook better)
  • 1 container of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 box wild rice
  • 2 15 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
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  1. You can season the pheasant breasts if you would like, though I don’t find it necessary. If you choose to, I recommend Grill Mates: Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except the rice, in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Add the rice and continue cooking until moisture is absorbed and the pheasant reaches an internal temperature of 160°-165°, about one hour.

All of the ingredients listed above can be modified in quantity or type…whatever you prefer, truly! Instead of rice, you could add chopped red potatoes. Add a handful of chopped spinach for some color and extra vegetable taste. I typically have an extra, smaller can of cream of mushroom soup on hand to add near the end if I want a more stew-like consistency or need to add more moisture to the mix.

Make up some biscuits or croissants, serve, and enjoy!

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Commonly Asked Questions About Pheasant Recipes:

Which cooking method is best for pheasant?

The ideal cooking method for pheasant is roasting. Roasting ensures that the meat remains tender and moist while developing a flavorful, crispy skin. You can also consider grilling or braising for a different taste.

Why do you soak pheasant in salt water?

Soaking pheasant in salt water, a process known as brining helps tenderize the meat and enhance its flavor. The salt solution also helps retain moisture, preventing the meat from drying out during cooking, resulting in juicier and more flavorful pheasant.

How to cook pheasant Gordon Ramsay style?

To cook pheasant in Gordon Ramsay's style, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Season the pheasant with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Sear the pheasant in a hot pan until golden brown.
  4. Transfer it to a baking dish, add herbs and garlic, and roast for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rest before serving.

What do you eat pheasant with?

Pheasant pairs well with a variety of side dishes, such as:

  • Wild rice
  • Roasted vegetables (carrots, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • A light salad with vinaigrette dressing
    Choose sides that complement the flavors of the pheasant and your personal preferences.

Hope you enjoy this pheasant recipe! Now, grab the slow cooker and enjoy!

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About the Author

Alyson Rausch

Aly is 23-years old and is from Central Wisconsin! Since she can remember, she has been involved in the outdoors. Even before she had her hunter's safety license, her Dad would take her and her sister duck and pheasant hunting, and she developed a passion for waterfowl and bird hunting. It wasn’t until 8 years ago that she began deer hunting. She fixed up an old Browning compound bow and soon bagged her first buck, EVER. From that moment on, she has not only fallen in love with archery hunting, but the practice and art of archery. Aly also loves to pursue black bear. In addition to hunting, she loves to fish both open and hard water. Ice fishing definitely takes the cake, because there is nothing like the excitement of watching your tip-up pop up and pulling a nice Walleye or Northern Pike through the ice. In short, if it involves hunting, fishing, or the outdoors...she’s in!