Cooking rabbit. Rabbit meat is delicious and can be either roasted, cooked in a Dutch oven or even in an air fryer. Whatever you choose, we’ll help and provide cooking times and temperatures. Translation in French: lapin.


How do I cook rabbit?

What to pair rabbit with?

Serve rabbit with roasted carrots, parsnips, or potatoes. Lightly sautéed spinach or Swiss chard also make excellent companions. Additionally, fruits like apricots, prunes, or figs can provide a sweet contrast to rabbit. Pairing rabbit with the right wine can enhance its flavors. Opt for a earthy red wine, such as Syrah or Merlot. If you prefer white wine, a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay can be delightful choices.

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Preparing rabbit

You will need to prepare rabbit meat for the best results: Start by thoroughly rinsing the rabbit pieces under cold water. Pat the meat dry with paper towels to ensure a better sear. Consider marinating the rabbit for a few hours for additional flavors. A combination of herbs, garlic, olive oil, and a touch of lemon juice works wonders.

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Cooking rabbit in an oven

Cooking rabbit in an oven. Roasting rabbit gives it a beautiful golden crust while remaining juicy and tender inside.
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Place the seasoned rabbit pieces in an oven-safe dish with oil, salt and pepper. A great way to dive rabbit extra flavor is to coat the pieces with mustard.
3. Cook for 50 minutes (turn the pieces halfway through + basting). Your rabbit should be golden and caramelized on each side.

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Cooking rabbit in a Dutch oven

Cooking rabbit in a Dutch oven. Cooking rabbit in a casserole or a Dutch oven is great (think rabbit stew if you add vegetables like potatoes, mushrooms or carrots)
1. Preheat the oven to 480°F (240°C).
2. Place the rabbit pieces in your cast iron casserole or Dutch oven with 1 tbs of olive oil (+ salt and pepper). Optional : coat the rabbit piees with mustard. Roast for 10 minutes (turning the pieces halway through).
3. Add 1 cup of vegetable broth and thyme and put the lid back on. Cook for an extra 50 minutes, making sure to turn the pieces every 10 minutes.

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Cooking rabbit in an air fryer

Cooking rabbit in an air fryer
1. Marinate the pieces of rabbit meat (from half a rabbit) for 3 hours with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic powder and parsley.
2. Preheat the air fryer to 370°F (190°C), use parchment/cooking paper to cover the bottom and sides of the air fryer basket
3. Transfer the marinated pieces from the refrigerator to the air fryer basket.
4. Cook for 30 minutes turning the pieces halfway through.

Rabbit meat is very lean and tender. It is similar in taste to chicken (but different!). The meat is low in fat and cholesterol. Rabbit is rich in protein, vitamins B12 and B3, and minerals like iron and phosphorus.