Rabbit pie

Rabbit pie is perfect for taking on picnics

Rabbit is free range, available almost everywhere and delicious. It’s a very lean meat, which means it is prone to drying out, but whether you choose a faster recipe involving cuts of rabbit or decide to cook the meat more slowly, these rabbit recipes will help you keep the meat moist. Always remember that wild is best; farmed rabbits lack the depth of flavour that makes this such a tasty game meat.

You can cook rabbits in a pie, over with sauce, slow cook in a casserole or roast over a barbecue. It’s a very versatile meat.

cooking rabbit garam masala

Rabbit dhal

Rabbit also works beautifully in salads and with pasta. The meat also lends itself to dhals and curries. So why not explore a little!

Here are some delicious rabbit recipes to try out when you’re back from a spot of roughshooting with a brace for the pot.

Do small rabbits taste better than larger ones?

Q: I recently shot a few rabbits and gave a few of the smaller ones away, keeping the larger ones for myself. I think this may have been a mistakes because the ones I cooked were strong in flavour and very tough. Can you advise?

A: You are right. It is tempting to give away the bigger, tougher, older and more robustly flavoured bunnies and keep the smaller, sweeter, more tender ones for yourself. But it is worth looking at older, male , tougher and stronger flavoured rabbits and working out a better way to deal with them.

First remove the dark grey/browning glands from beside the tail – that will lessen the overall odour of dominant male rabbit. Then cook them low and slow with the addition of some sort of fat and almost always with some spice as well to help balance the accounts.

Thai-style fried rabbit with jasmine rice

Thai-style fried rabbit with jasmine rice

This Thai-style fried rabbit recipe is not for the timid or lazy cooks among you — it is well worth the effort, though. I’ve used rabbit here, but you could…

Breakfast muffins

Rabbit and egg muffin: the ethical breakfast bap

Rabbit and egg muffin — the ethical breakfast bap These are great for breakfast any day, but especially on a shoot day, or for elevenses Ingredients For the rabbit patty:…

rabbit stew recipe

Rabbit stew recipe: quick and easy to make

This rabbit stew recipe is based on speed, a need for merely a few ingredients and my own mad desire to please. Rabbit loins are ideal for this kind of…

crispy rabbit recipe

Crispy rabbit with green sauce

Crispy rabbit recipe Ingredients 50g butter or olive oil 2 fully grown rabbits (cold smoked or raw), jointed Salt and pepper 1 small onion, diced 6 cloves of garlic, chopped…

Rabbit dumplings

A recipe for rabbit dumplings

Why rabbit dumplings? I have shot bolting rabbits before and often not had much success, but this day will stay with me as the rabbits were plentiful and the farmer…

rabbit burgers

Rabbit burgers

Cheese-filled bacon and rabbit burgers with brioche buns Ingredients 450g rabbit leg or shoulder, minced 150g unsmoked streaky bacon, minced 3 tsp finely chopped chives 60g grated mozzarella cheese 60g…

cooking rabbit garam masala

A recipe for a buttery rabbit dhal

This recipe for cooking rabbit is short, satisfying and partly stolen, or perhaps it would be better to say it’s inspired by a dish that appears in Rick Stein’s great…

Rabbit curry recipe

Coconut rabbit curry recipe

I love a good curry, especially a nice aromatic coconut one. I have written a handful of rabbit recipes over the past year, but this rabbit curry recipe  is a…

Salt Baked Rabbit

A recipe for salt baked rabbit

A very good way of cooking rabbit This was an experiment that surprisingly turned out to be 
a very good way of cooking rabbit. Traditionally, salt-baking is used for meat…

rabbit liver pâté

Tuscan style rabbit liver pate

I love rural Italian cuisine and this recipe for rabbit liver pâté 
is the perfect example of how it is so simple, but has to be just right. Learn to…

Rabbit pie

The perfect recipe for rabbit pie

Ingredients: For the pastry: 200ml water 170g lard 450g PLAIN flour 1tsp salt For the filling: A little oil 1 onion, sliced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 500g pork mince…

Rabbit haggis Burns night recipe

Recipe for Burns Night – rabbit haggis

Rabbit roulade, rabbit haggis, barley, carrot and winter mushroom Serves 4 Ingredients 2 whole rabbit* 200g barley soaked overnight in cold water 3 garlic cloves 2 sprigs rosemary 2 sprigs…

confit rabbit

Confit rabbit and blackberry salad

Why isn’t rabbit more popular? And why do we so often see rabbit on the menu that has been farmed on the Continent? This tasty interloper is an easy win at harvest time but what…

Slow-cooked rabbit and carrots, three ways

Over the centuries, wild rabbit meat has gone in and out of fashion for various reasons, but now it’s making a bit of a renaissance — and with good reason: it’s…

rabbit with pasta

Rabbit with freshly made pasta

Ingredients Meat from rabbit legs A good strong Cheddar cheese A little local cider Garlic Sage   Freshly made pasta Ingredients 100g of white spelt flour per person 1 egg,…