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How to Cook Wild Rabbit for Juicy and Tender Meat

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Succulent wild rabbit

Succulent wild rabbit

Cooking Wild Rabbit

Cooking wild rabbit can be a challenge. Any animal that lives in the wild and feeds directly from nature will have meat that is lean and tough. Using the proper technique is key to getting a tender and tasty meal. This recipe will teach you how to cook wild rabbit in order to achieve the juiciness and tenderness you are looking for. Perfectly cooked rabbit can compete in tenderness even with chicken meat.

For the best possible outcome, I recommend following this recipe carefully. Bon appétit!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

2 hours

2 hours 30 min

4 servings


  • 1 to 1.5 kg wild rabbit meat
  • 4 to 5 onions, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 glass red wine or any type of beer
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 to 4 whole peppercorns
  • salt plus any other spices of your choice
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of dry oregano


  1. To a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and meat. Fry for a few minutes. Add the chopped onions and stir gently.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes. Lower the heat and keep stirring.
  3. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the glass of wine (or beer), whole peppercorns, bay leaf, salt, and any other spices you like. Add enough water to cover the meat completely.
  4. Cover the saucepan and let the meat boil for 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Add dry oregano and keep boiling for 20 more minutes.
  6. The dish is ready when the meat separates from the bones. Without using wine (or beer), it will take at least 3 hours to cook the rabbit, and you will need to add more water from time to time. Generally, tenderness and softness are achieved when you are using beer, wine, or vinegar (I prefer beer).

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve wild rabbit with boiled rice, mashed potatoes, or salad.

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