31 Delicious and Easy Rabbit Recipes You Need to Try (2024)

Have you ever eaten rabbit? Well, funny story, I never had until I began to raise rabbits.

They take up so little space, and we needed a small meat source on our property. So when my husband brought home our first meat rabbits I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. Then we butchered our first set, and I prepared them.

It was not good at all.

But I have learned a few tricks since then.

Which is why I wanted to compile some rabbit recipes from all over the internet to help give you some ideas on how to best prepare and use your rabbit meat source.

1. Pot Roasted Rabbit Recipes

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This recipe contains mushrooms, bacon, and rabbit. Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine was from the get go.

So if you’d like to fry your rabbit meat and combine it with some other delicious ingredients, then you should certainly give this recipe a go.

Try this rabbit recipe.

2. Rabbit Stew with Red Wine

If you are a fan of meat in a wine sauce, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a chance. It has a lot of different ingredients, but they are all natural so they should be pretty easy to locate.

However, if you aren’t a fan of red wine, you could possibly substitute regular grape juice and see if you like the taste any better.

Try this rabbit recipe.

3. Stuffed Rabbit Recipes

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I love stuffing! Seriously, it is embarrassing how much I love stuffing. If you are in the same boat, then you will probably want to give this recipe a go.

So you basically stuff a couple of rabbits the same way you stuff a turkey at Thanksgiving. Then you bake it until it is done.

Try this rabbit recipe.

4. Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

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I’ll be honest, I’m a simple country lady that usually doesn’t make many ‘sauces.’ The fanciest sauce we have around my house is gravy. My kids think I’m being snazzy when we have brown gravy instead of white.

However, I am going to have to give this recipe a try because it sounds so delicious. So even if you aren’t a ‘snazzy cooker’ you might want to consider trying out this rabbit recipe.

Try this rabbit recipe.

5. Grilled and Marinated Rabbit

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The first time I ate rabbit, we grilled it. Yet, we didn’t do it properly apparently because it was far from delicious.

However, after following rabbit recipes like this one we have had much better luck with grilling rabbit meat since. So if you’d like to try grilled rabbit, be sure to follow a recipe like this one before jumping right in.

Try this rabbit recipe.

6. Rabbit and Dumplings

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This recipe looks so appetizing. If you are a fan of chicken and dumplings, then you need to try it with rabbit.

Who knows? You may end up preferring this classic remake to the traditional dish. You’ll never know until you try it.

Try this rabbit recipe.

7. Braised Rabbit Pie

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I am a huge fan of chicken pot pie. If you love chicken pot pie too, then you might want to give this braised rabbit pie recipe a try.

So this recipe seems to be pretty basic. The ingredients are all basic and something that you should be able to pick up at any local grocery store if you don’t grow them.

Try this rabbit recipe.

8. Kentucky Fried Rabbit

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I have a secret confession. I don’t like eating out. There is just very little food out there for the money that I don’t feel like I can fix better at home.

However, if I’m going to eat fried chicken outside of the home I actually prefer KFC. So naturally my ears perked up when I saw this recipe. I can now turn my homegrown rabbit into a dish that my taste buds love.

Try this rabbit recipe.

9. Rabbit Sausage

Have you had to purchase sausage lately? I didn’t purchase any for a long time. So you could imagine my shock when I saw how high it had gotten over the period I didn’t purchase it.

Naturally, as soon as I saw that I could make my own from my homegrown rabbit I got a little giddy. I love when I can create items we love to eat as a family at home and not have to pay a premium store bought price for it.

Try this rabbit recipe.

10. Farm Fresh Fried Rabbit Recipes

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If you like fried chicken, then you’ll probably love this recipe. Again, it is a play on common favorite rabbit recipes.

However, they add a little twist to the recipe by substituting chicken for rabbit. Naturally, this could be a less expensive way to eat a favorite fried treat.

Try this rabbit recipe.

11. Rabbit Braised in Belgian Ale

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Are you a beer fan? Well, if so, then you’ll probably really enjoy this recipe. Even if you aren’t a fan of Belgian beer you still might like it even if you swapped out the liquid that you used in the recipe.

Plus, beyond the beer, all of the ingredients are pretty basic. So you probably already have them on your pantry shelf.

Try this rabbit recipe.

12. Slow Roasted Rabbit in the Sun Oven

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Have you ever used a sun oven? Well, if you have one that you use on a regular basis, then this recipe will be right up your alley.

However, if you don’t have a sun oven, don’t worry. You can prepare this delicious marinated rabbit in a regular oven too.

Try this rabbit recipe.

13. Crispy Fried Wild Rabbit Recipes

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Maybe you like the idea of eating rabbit, but you would rather hunt them instead of raise them yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. My great grandfather actually preferred that method as well.

So if this is your case, then this recipe would most likely be a goof fit. The reason is that it is suitable for wild game verses farm raised meat.

Try this rabbit recipe.

14. Rabbit Stew

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Rabbit stew seems to be the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when I mention that we raise meat rabbits.

And after seeing this recipe, I can understand why. This rich and creamy dish would be the perfect comfort food on a cold or rainy day.

Try this rabbit recipe.

15. Grilled Rabbit in Spicy Marinade

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Do you like spicy food? We do around my house. If it doesn’t have some spice to it, then my guys aren’t happy.

So if your pallet is similar then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a try as the rabbit is marinated in a spicy blend.

Try this rabbit recipe.

16. Delicious BBQ Grilled Rabbit Recipes

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The title to this recipe says a whole lot. As I’ve already mentioned, my first try at grilling rabbit was all but a catastrophe.

So to claim that you have delicious grilled rabbit is no small feat. Since they feel that confident in their recipe, it is definitely one worth trying.

Try this rabbit recipe.

17. Rabbit Sausage

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This is another rabbit sausage recipe. This time the rabbit is left in patties instead of being formed into links.

So if you love a good sausage patty, then you’ll want to give this recipe a chance. Especially if you can raise the meat to make it for a lot less money than raising a pig.

Try this rabbit recipe.

18. Grilled Marinated Rabbit with Lemon and Rosemary

This sounds like a recipe that will dance all over your pallet. It begins with marinating the rabbit. Then you’ll get a nice smokey flavor from the grill.

Finally, the lemon and rosemary will show up and give a very aromatic taste to the dish. So if this sounds like a pallet wonderland to you, then you’ll want to try out this dish.

Try this rabbit recipe.

19. German Rabbit Stew

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The rabbit stew that you may be accustomed to is usually cooked with different vegetables and forms a darker broth.

However, German rabbit stew is a little different. This stew is a little more creamy because they do use a sour cream base along with a few other extra ingredients that isn’t quite as common in the American version of rabbit stew.

Try this rabbit recipe.

20. Rabbit Gumbo

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As soon as I saw this recipe, my mouth began to water. We are big gumbo people around our house. Rabbit is a milder meat like chicken.

So the vegetables, spices, and sausage really help to spice this dish up and bring it to life. Again, if you like a spicier dish then you’ll probably like this one.

Try this rabbit recipe.

21. Rabbit Curry

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This is another recipe that will absolutely have your mouth watering as soon as you look at it. If you are a fan of curry, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a gander.

So it actually seems pretty easy to make and uses mostly basic ingredients that most people would have on hand in their pantry.

Try this rabbit recipe.

22. Rabbit Side Bacon or Jerky

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My kids and husband love bacon and jerky. We make it a lot from deer. So when I realized I could take our rabbit and provide a second type of bacon or jerky, I got really excited.

So the recipe is actually really simple and rather frugal (which is a rarity for homemade jerky.) Plus, the tutorial includes a good amount of pictures to help you through the process.

Try this rabbit recipe.

23. Braised Rabbit Recipes

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I love this recipe. Not only does it appear simple, fresh, and not use any off the wall ingredients (in my opinion.)

But it also teaches you how to make some delicious rabbit stock. I’ve done this in the past and love rabbit stock. So any recipe that teaches me how to make more than one thing at a time, I’m a fan!

Try this rabbit recipe.

24. Orange Rabbit Recipes

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Do you like orange chicken? Our family eats a variety of flavors. Orange chicken happens to cross our table regularly.

So when I found this recipe for orange rabbit I was elated because even though we raise chickens, rabbit are just a faster meat source which means I usually have more of it available.

Try this rabbit recipe.

25. Wild Rabbit and Dumplings Southern Style

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This is another recipe that is apparently good for using wild rabbit. Again, usually the only difference between farm raised rabbit and wild rabbit is that wild rabbit has a gamier flavor.

Also, it usually requires more of them per recipe because obviously they aren’t as big since they live strictly on foraging. So if you are looking for a delicious recipe to utilize any type of rabbit, then give this one a glance.

Try this rabbit recipe.

26. Rabbit Cacciatore

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Are you unfamiliar around the kitchen? Then you might want to stop your rabbit cooking adventure right here. The reason is because this recipe only requires a few basic ingredients and has only three steps in completing the whole dish.

So don’t be intimated by cooking rabbit. Start with a simple recipe (like this one) to gain confidence in your cooking skills.

Try this rabbit recipe.

27. Southern Fried Rabbit Nuggets

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Do you have people in your life that are a little leery about eating rabbit? Or maybe children that are rather picky eaters?

Well, if either of these is true for you then you might want to start with this recipe. It shows you how to fry up rabbit in a way that is very similar to chicken nuggets.

Try this rabbit recipe.

28. Rabbit Ligurian Style

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This is an Italian recipe that would most likely only be used on special occasions. I say that because the recipe itself claims that it is a difficult dish to make and it is a little on the costly side to make as well.

But I think it is good to have delicious meals like this in your back pocket for special holidays and celebrations.

Try this rabbit recipe.

29. Grandma Braised Rabbit Recipes

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This dish is a little different from the other braised rabbit recipes I’ve already mentioned. The reason is they claim it has a New Orleans flare to it.

So if you like Cajun cooking, then your rabbit recipe would probably be more enjoyed if it packed that Cajun flare with it.

Try this rabbit recipe.

30. Braised Rabbit Ravioli

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My family loves ravioli. So when I came across this recipe for homemade ravioli that is stuffed with braised rabbit, I had to share it with you guys. I figured anyone else that loved pasta or had kids that loved pasta would probably want to give it a try.

So they add to the flavor of the ravioli by adding a jus and caramelized shallots. It sounds divine!

Try this rabbit recipe.

31. Rabbit Stifado

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If you are unfamiliar with a stifado, it is a Greek stew. We’ve covered the American version of rabbit stew. Then we covered the German version of rabbit stew.

Now, we are on to the Greek version of rabbit stew. The recipe appears very simple but also very delicious.

Try this rabbit recipe.

So for those of you all that are considering raising meat rabbits but weren’t really sure what you’d do with them, I hope that these 31 rabbit recipes have now inspired you in your culinary efforts.

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31 Delicious and Easy Rabbit Recipes You Need to Try (2024)

FAQs

What is the best way to cook rabbits? ›

The best way to get tender rabbit meat is by butchering them around the 12-week mark (depending on the breed) and cooking them low and slow. A crockpot is a fantastic way of cooking rabbit for tender, fall-off-the-bone meat.

What color is cooked rabbit meat? ›

Rabbit meat will have a similar appearance to skinned chicken thighs. It will be pink, slightly shiny, with creamy colored fat. It also has a similar flavor to chicken, although slightly gamier.

How many ways can you cook rabbit? ›

Rabbits are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. With a few minor adjustments, you can basically cook them all the ways you can do a chicken: roasted, sautéed, poached, grilled, stewed, braised, shredded, and the list goes on. Laszlo and I served buttermilk-fried rabbit at our wedding.

How to cook rabbit from scratch? ›

Add rabbit; cook in hot oil until brown on all sides. Place in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine onion, water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, and garlic in a medium bowl; mix well, then pour over rabbit. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven, basting frequently, until very tender, about 90 minutes.

How do you cook rabbit so it's not tough? ›

If you've got liquid in the crock pot with the rabbit, you can continue to let it cook on low heat for several hours and it will continue to tenderize. In the pan, young rabbit can be pan-fried on medium or high heat with care that it is well-coated in oil or fat, and not left on the heat any longer than necessary.

Why do you soak rabbits before cooking? ›

A Brine Keeps the Rabbit Moist

And while the combination seasons the rabbit nicely, the buttermilk and salt give you a little wiggle room to ensure that the cooked rabbit doesn't dry out.

Why don't we eat more rabbit meat? ›

Rabbit's low popularity also stems from the agricultural industry as a whole. Many farm animals had dual purposes or were low maintenance to raise and breed, making them staples of the agricultural industry. Chickens provide eggs, pigs live off waste products and scraps, and cows provide milk.

What goes well with rabbit meat? ›

Flavours commonly paired with rabbit include garlic, rosemary, sage and prunes as well as other meats such as salty ham and pancetta. It can also be enlivened by a tangy mustard dressing, and suits cider and cream-based sauces very well.

Is rabbit meat good for you? ›

Rabbit and hare meat are excellent sources of iron. Iron helps make healthy blood that flows through our bodies, giving us energy to be active and to grow strong. Healthy blood keeps us from getting tired. Rabbit and hare meat are excellent sources of the B vitamins B12 and niacin.

Should rabbit be marinated before cooking? ›

Marinating the rabbit for 2 hours is actually ideal since the marinade will have more time to permeate and flavor the meat. Preheat the oven to 425º. Prepare an ovenproof frying pan by adding the butter to it and warming it over medium-high heat.

How do you know when rabbit is done cooking? ›

For safety, the United States Department of Agriculture recommends cooking rabbit to an internal temperature of at least 160 °F (71 °C). The use of a food thermometer is recommended.

Why do you soak rabbit in milk? ›

The milk/vinegar mix (similar to buttermilk) will help to brine/pre-season the meat and impart moisture, while keeping the meat tender.

What are the cooking techniques for rabbits? ›

Roast rabbit on the bone for flavour and to keep it moist. Cook young meat quickly in the oven, pan fry or on the barbecue. Slow cook older meat with bacon or chorizo. Be careful not to let rabbit dry out.

How do you prepare rabbit for meat? ›

Steps to butchering rabbit:
  1. Remove anything from the inside cavity.
  2. Remove the front legs at the shoulder joint.
  3. Remove the hind legs through the thigh joint.
  4. Cut away the thin meat that hangs off of the ribcage.
  5. Cut away excess bones around the tenderloin.
  6. Cut off the tenderloin.
Apr 6, 2023

How do you tenderize a rabbit before cooking? ›

Serves 4 to 6
  1. Marinating the rabbit in buttermilk for two to eight hours helps to tenderize the meat and add flavor and moisture to the finished product. ...
  2. Dredge the rabbit in the seasoned flour mixture. ...
  3. A well-seasoned cast-iron pan is perfect for frying rabbit.

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