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The Oldest & Most Original Way to Cook Rabbit

Updated on November 4, 2017

My First Rabbit

Having Second Thoughts

I have to admit. I wasn't sure if I could this. I mean, c'mon, it's a rabbit! It's not like chicken...right? I heard a few people tell me that it tastes like chicken but in my opinion - it does not. I discovered that without properly prepping the rabbit before you cook it will leave a "gamey" taste in your mouth. A taste that will not leave your taste buds for days, possibly for a week. Not to worry though, through trial & error I have a discovered a way that will eliminate this. However, I guarantee you that no matter how you prep your rabbit it will never taste like chicken.

My Local Butcher

719 Ridge Rd, Munster, IN 46321                     219.836.8000 - - Read James P.'s review of Howard & Sons Quality Meats on Yelp
719 Ridge Rd, Munster, IN 46321 219.836.8000 - - Read James P.'s review of Howard & Sons Quality Meats on Yelp

Preventing that Gamey Taste

Some people actually prefer the taste of "wild game", usually well experienced hunters saying that rabbit has an "earthy" taste. However, I do not and I am not alone. Many people like rabbit but do not like that (what some call) "dirty" taste. But that wasn't going to stop me from trying everything I could to prevent that taste of wild game and ridding that earthy flavor.

I prefer to marinate the rabbit in lemon juice overnight. The lemon juice will eliminate most of that gamey taste. The dirty and/or earthy taste will be eliminated also. Make sure that the rabbit is completely submerged in the lemon juice. You can also put two parts lemon juice to one cup of water for the marinade.

Fresh, Raw Rabbit

This fresh, raw rabbit weighed 1.93 lbs and cost $4.99 a pound.
This fresh, raw rabbit weighed 1.93 lbs and cost $4.99 a pound.

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The Oldest & Most Original Way to Cook Rabbit

Simple Instructions

Easy to Follow


  1. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place prepped marinated rabbit in a baking pot
  3. Rub the rabbit with more lemon juice and also olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle inside and out with a mixture of rosemary, parsley, cumin and *chopped onion (*) optional
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the shallots to the pan, and sauté until tender but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes
  6. After 30 minutes *add almonds on top of onions (*) optional
  7. Cover the pan and bake until the rabbit meat is tender and the leg joint bends easily, about 45 minutes
  8. Transfer legs to a plate and keep warm

The Final Dish

Read James P.'s review of Howard & Sons Quality Meats on Yelp
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Prep & Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: In one hour will make one succulent rabbit
  • 1 cup half/half - lemon juice & olive oil, rubbed
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • small onion, diced

Wild Hare


Nutritional Table

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 617
Calories from Fat225
% Daily Value *
Fat 25 g38%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 91 g182%
Cholesterol 259 mg86%
Sodium 186 mg8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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