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21 Easy Rabbit Recipes

If you have never tried rabbit meat, you are missing out! This is one of the healthiest types of meat with few calories and packed with more protein. 

Rabbit Recipes

Rabbit meat tastes more like chicken, and it even looks like white meat after cooking. The best thing about rabbit meat is that it soaks up the flavors perfectly, making it great meat for stew.

Unlike chicken, pork, and beef, this game meat is leaner, and very versatile meat.

You can cook rabbit in a wide range of dishes, and it is best when roasted or slow-cooked in stews. 

Are you looking for the best rabbit recipes? If so, I will show you some quick tricks on how you can make delicious rabbit recipes.

1. Casserole-Roasted Rabbit with Herbs

Rabbit meat is delicious, juicy, and tender when cooked right. The meat is easy to digest and a good option for people who want to eat a low-calorie diet.

I love my rabbit meat roasted with various herbs like garlic, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and much more. You too can try this recipe, especially if it is your first time trying rabbit.

This Italian-inspired recipe is simple to make and your rabbit is undeniably delicious. Roasted rabbit can be a great recipe to surprise your guests.

2. Rabbit Stew with Mushrooms

Rabbit stew is one of my family’s favourite recipes. For this recipe, you can choose to cook the whole rabbit or use the legs.

The combination of rabbit, mushrooms, stock, and butter results in a delicious dish.

Adding sherry and herbs gives this hearty stew an irresistible tantalizing aroma.

The rabbit stew with mushroom pairs well with creamy mashed potatoes. You can save the stew in the fridge for 3-4 days and up to 3 months in the freezer.

3. Southern Fried Rabbit

Fried rabbit is one of the most versatile meals you can make at any time. Whether you need it for breakfast or brunch, you can’t go wrong with the Southern-fried rabbit.

Of course, this recipe also adds up as a dinner option, especially when you don’t feel like eating fish or chicken.

Preparing this recipe is similar to that of fried chicken. The secret is to brine, dredge and fry the rabbit meat until the outside is crispy and juicy on the inside.

4. Rabbit Cacciatore

Would you love to try some hunter-style stew? Rabbit cacciatore is one of the rabbit recipe ideas you can try. This traditional Italian dish uses boned rabbit meat instead of deboned.

Brown your rabbit meat with olive oil and then braise with onion, pepper, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Serve the wonderfully delicious meal with potatoes, pasta, or rice.

5. Smoked Rabbit

Smoked rabbit makes an amazing main dish for dinner. Because rabbit meat becomes dry when smoked, do not forget to do the bringing process.

Brining the meat before smoking is the secret to flavorful and juicy rabbit meat. It is delicious, and the barbecue smoker gives it a rich flavor.

Prepare this tender meat for your weekend barbecues, and your family and friends will enjoy every bite.

6. Grilled Garlic and Herb Rabbit

If you are new to cooking rabbit, grilled garlic and herb rabbit is a superbly tasty meal you can try for your main course.
The combination of herbs and garlic gives the meat a nice flavor, especially when the smoke hits the meat.

Since the rabbit is lean, cook over medium heat to keep the meat juicy and prevent it from drying.

Serve with your favorite vegetables, green salad, or white beans.

7. Braised Rabbit with Prunes

This is a French-inspired recipe for preparing rabbits. The lean meat is braised in white wine with prunes, shallots, garlic, and thyme.

The recipe is ideal for leftovers, and just like stew, it gets better in a day or two. Its flavors blend perfectly making every bike sweet and savory.

The one-pot meal provides rich flavors, and it is best served with pasta or mash.

8. Rabbit and Dumplings

Enjoy the most comforting soup recipe with rabbit meat, dumplings, vegetables, and chicken stock.

This meal is so delicious, and satisfying. It reminds me of my favorite childhood chicken and dumplings.

It is quick to prepare this classic and tasty meal since you don’t have to make rabbit stock, use chicken stock instead.

9. Simple Roasted Rabbit

Are you looking for easy rabbit recipes for dinner? If so, you will enjoy making simple roasted rabbit with only a few ingredients.

The rabbit meat is flavored with white wine, herbs, and garlic. The result is soft rabbit meat which is amazingly delicious.

Serve the roasted rabbit with cooking juices, and you will love it! Keep any leftovers in the fridge for up to two days.

10. Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

Rabbit in mustard sauce is a classic French dish, which is also called lapin à la moutarde. This is a good beginner recipe for cooking game meat.

The recipe has several variations so you can choose to bake or braise the rabbit. I love braising the rabbit in the flavorful mustard sauce to give succulent yet tender meat.

You can use a spoon to scoop the soup or soak it up in crusty bread.

11. Braised rabbit with tarragon, mustard and cream

Rabbit meals are my favorite, especially when braised with tarragon, mustard, and cream.

For this recipe, you can use wild or farmed rabbit. I prefer farmed rabbit because it is tender and flavorful. For wild rabbits, you need to prepare it the day before to allow more time for margination.

Pair this dish with buttery mashed potatoes or green beans.

12. Mr McGregor’s rabbit pie

Mr McGregor’s rabbit pie is one of the famous rabbit dishes you can try at home.

The shortcut pie features mustard, creamy leek, cider, and fennel sauce.

Serve this delicious rabbit pie with buttery radishes, peas, and baby carrots.

13. Rabbit Liver Pâté

Just like chicken liver, rabbit liver is delicious but special. Whenever you get rabbit liver, give this recipe a try, and enjoy the flavorful taste.

You can come up with a light and creamy parfait-like pâté ideal for spreading over crusty sourdough.

Accompany the pâté with slow-cooked onions in Fino sherry for a mouthwatering meal.

14. Rabbit Breakfast Sausage

Most of my breakfast weekend treats include bacon and sausages. I recently tried rabbit breakfast sausage and it was super delicious.
If you are looking forward to adding breakfast recipes for rabbits, this is a better alternative to traditional pork sausages.

It is low in fats, flavorful, moist, and delicious. You can take these rabbit sausages for breakfast or even brunch.

15. Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew With Sour Cream

Do you want to add something new to your stew? Rabbit meat recipes can be delightful choices to try.

Slow cooker rabbit stew with sour cream includes various vegetables and seasonings all finished in a tasty sour cream. You can also add some fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary that go well with rabbits.

Since rabbit meat is lean, it overcooks easily. The slow cooker cooks it perfectly leading to a dry and tough meal.

Serve your yummy stew with crusty bread, toasted salad, or biscuits.

16. Rabbit Gumbo

There are so many rabbit dishes names, and this gumbo is one of them. I love preparing rabbit gumbo for cold and wet weather.

The secrete to a delicious gumbo recipe is bold seasoning and some savory sausage slices that make the dish mouthwatering.

Serve your rabbit gumbo over hot cooked rice and garnish with parsley, onions, or hot sauce.

17. Rabbit Curry

If you are not fond of game meat, give rabbit curry a try. Rabbit meat is similar to chicken meat but you need to cook it longer, and this makes the rabbit curry tastier.

You can make this spicy and aromatic curry during winter to warm you up, and everyone in your family will love it.
This recipe can use domestic or wild rabbits.

You can also make it on the stovetop or in a crockpot. The stew is tastier the next day and you can refrigerate it for 3-4 days.

18. Stuffed Rabbit

Have you tried rabbit recipes in the oven? Stuffed rabbit is one of the best recipes you can try for your next dinner party.

If you are not a hunter, rabbit meat is readily available frozen in your nearest groceries stores.

For the stuffing, mix sausages, celery, oatmeal, mushrooms, carrots, apple, egg, rosemary, sage, onions, and parsley.

The result is a flavorful, tender, and very filling main course meal.

19. Fried Rabbit Recipe – Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

If fried chicken is your favorite, you will love fried rabbit. Enjoy the Southern-style fried rabbit with buttermilk.

This recipe works well for domestic rabbits, snowshoe hares, squirrels, and cottontails. To get perfect results, brine the meat before frying.

Enjoy the comforting recipe for picnics or when watching a game. You can serve fried rabbit by itself or with some potato salad and coleslaw on the side.

20. Rabbit Confit

Rabbit confit is a tasty recipe you should try, especially if you love game meat.

The recipe uses a classic technique where you need to simmer the rabbit meat slowly until it is tender and well-cooked.

Mixing shallots, cardamom, rosemary, juniper star anise and much more awaken the flavours in your recipe.

21. Braised Rabbit

Braised rabbit is a simple recipe you can make even if you have never cooked rabbit before.

You can make your own recipe and the meat comes tangy and tender with a light sauce.

Browning the rabbit in olive oil, and adding onions and garlic give a yummy meal. For the best outcome, simmer it for hours in a slow cooker.

Serve your braised rabbit with potatoes and some steamed broccoli.

Rabbit Recipes

21 Easy Rabbit Recipes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 dressed rabbit (2-1/2 lbs), cut into serving-size pieces
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 5 tbsps cold water


  1. Cook the rabbit in oil in a pan over medium heat until it is lightly browned; remove from the pan and keep warm. The onion should be cooked till soft in the same skillet. For a further minute, add the garlic. Add the bay leaf, pepper, and broth after stirring.
  2. Put the rabbit back in the pan and up to a boil. Once the beef is cooked and a thermometer registers 160°, turn down the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Transfer the rabbit to a dish for serving. Remove the bay leaf. Stir the smooth mixture of flour, lemon juice, and water into the pan juice.
  4. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, or till thickened, after bringing to a boil.
  5. Serve

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