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Wild Game Recipe: How to Cook Quail Breast


Quail can be an excellent alternative to a wild game meal. Learn how to sauté quail breasts. 

Quail are delicious little birds, excellent for roasting and a great crowd-pleaser for folks who may be adverse to the idea of wild game (but not for long). Quail hunting is a favored pastime especially for new hunters experiencing their first time in the field with more seasoned sportsmen. Here's a nice blurb regaling the history of the sport:

Quail hunting is an honored tradition in many parts of America. The bird hunting choice of social gentleman who enjoy strolling through fields at a leisurely pace and discussing the issues of the day, quail hunting is not as popular as it once was. But quail hunting is a great way to start bird hunting for beginner hunters.

Texas Quail Farms

So, whether you are a seasoned hunter or brand new to the sport, go quail hunting!

Sautéed Semi-boneless Quail

  • 4 quail breasts
  • Heat a medium sauté pan over high heat
  • Season the quail (salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder or other seasoning)
  • Add butter to the pan, followed by the quail, breast side down
  • Cook the quail, without moving them, for about 5 minutes, then carefully flip the quail and baste very well with melted butter, spooning the butter over the breasts
  • Cook the second side for an additional 5 minutes, or until the quail is firm and tender

Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve with any side you so wish!

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Wild Game Recipe: How to Cook Quail Breast