Quail



Cooking quail can seem intimidating—the small birds are delicate and full of tiny bones. Even Bobby Flay steers clear of them on his shows: "If I do something like grilled quail, it has less appeal because people think to themselves, 'I don't even know what quail is!' or 'Where can I get quail?'" But cooking this little bird is actually quite easy. Quail usually only need to be roasted for about 10 minutes to cook the meat completely with all the juices locked in. If you've had bad, dry quail, it was probably overcooked. Our Food & Wine guide provides plenty of great quail recipes with ideas for marinades, stuffings and rubs.

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Grilled Quail with Sweet-and-Sour Plum Glaze 

Plums and blackberries form the backbone of this sweet-savory glaze from Top Chef Season 17 winner Melissa King; it's perfect for quail but also delicious with bone-in chicken thighs or pork chops. Serve alongside a crisp and refreshing Arugula-Radish Salad with a tangy lime-sesame dressing for the perfect summer meal.

Quail Recipes

Quail is a delicately flavored game bird that can be roasted, broiled or fried. The secret in cooking quail is in the cooking time and when done right, it is easy and delicious. Try these recipes that include roasted quail with corn bread stuffing and port-orange sauce tea-marbled quail eggs with dipping salts.
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