Rabbit Roast Recipe Original from Spain

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The Rabbit Roast Recipe, original from the Mallorquin Kitchen

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It was 38°C in the shade when I happened to stroll past Jorge’s barbecue kitchen in S’Alqueria Blanca after my shopping at noon in July, and an incomparably delicious smell came towards me.

Great, my stomach growl came back to my mind and I took a closer look.

Jorge turned chicken and rabbit at the openly fired, Spanish grill and braised under the grill in addition the potatoes.

We both got into conversation and I was allowed to try some of the rabbit in advance.

Wow, that was a pleasure!Of course I wanted to know exactly how to prepare something so delicious.

So I learned Jorge’s culinary rabbit secret, which I like to share with you here.

1. Recipe Rabbit Roast

Roast rabbit original Spanish

A guide, discovered, photographed and written down by professional chef and food photographer Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4
Calories 474
Total Time 90 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 60 Min.

Simple guide for preparing grilled rabbit.

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Rabbit roast recipe picture
Rabbit Roast Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Prepare Rabbit

1 pc Rabbit (Stall hare, disassemble as shown in article)
1 tbs Olive oil
Salt (I use Ursalz or Himalayan salt)
8-10 pinches black pepper
1 tsp Sweet paprika
1 pc Lemon
1-3 pc glove of garlic
1 bunch thyme (I’m using fresh herbs here!)
1 bunch Rosemary
250 ml dry white win (Only for the oven version)
1 tsp honey


300 g Potatoes


Rabbit cuts rabbit meat at a glance
Rabbit dismantled: released and tied back front left, forelegs in the middle above, hind legs right with liver.

Prepare meat

Prepare the rabbit parts as described in the article or prepare the rabbit rabbit whole.

You can use a roaster or a deep baking tray for the oven version or prepare it on your grill.

In the oven, a temperature of 180°C hot air has proved to be the best, pay attention to a strong starting temperature when grilling in the open air and then let the roast cook to the end comfortably with medium grill embers.

Finely dice the garlic.
Cut the garlic into fine cubes.

Prepare marinade

Mix olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon grater and fine garlic clove crushed with salt and rub generously into the roast.

Baked potatoes ingredients on a board.
Ingredients for baked potatoes

Side dishes

Cut the potatoes in half and cook either on the baking tray or on the grill rack.

Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.

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Rabbit in the grill
Rabbit in the grill, the roast is cooked whole!

Meat grilling

Place the prepared rabbit roast in a roaster in the oven or alternatively on the grill rack.

Put half of thyme and rosemary to the meat, so that the rabbit roast aromatizes excellently.

Rabbit legs with potatoes
The simplest side dish to this dish are potatoes that have been cooked in half.

Refine roast

Use the remaining thyme and rosemary to brush with the remaining marinade.

Alternatively, add white wine in the oven after 35 minutes and spread the gravy on the roast again and again.

Squeeze the lemons
Squeeze lemon juice yourself

Add Marinade

Squeeze the lemon and mix it with the honey, spread the honey marinade on the roast towards the end of the cooking time and add it to the meat.

Roast rabbit recipe picture
Preparing rabbits on the grill or in the oven as a whole, I'll show you in this post.


Trigger and arrange the roast according to taste, serve on warm plates.



2. Nutritional Values

3. Preparing Rabbit Roast – What you need for it

You can buy Roger Rabbit as a whole.

If your butcher doesn’t have a rabbit at the moment, you can buy frozen goods in the well-stocked supermarket.

First I’ll introduce you to Jorge cooking it all on the grill.

However, if you don’t have the luxury grill in the garden, you can also prepare the rabbit in the oven.

I would dismantle the rabbit in the kitchen for the roaster.

First release the hind legs and forelegs, then the back with kidneys and fillet, leaving the belly lobes on the back so that you can bind the rabbit roast to a kidney roast.

Cut up the rabbit: Triggered and rounded back front left, forelegs upper middle, hind legs right with liver lower right.

4. Prepare Rabbits whole on the Grill or in the Oven

4.1 Jorge’s Variant: All on the Grill

In the original version from Mallorca, the rabbit stays whole and is only freed from the innards except for the liver, kidneys and heart before the grilling, even the head stays on. Washing and dry dabbing does no harm. Then comes the most important thing: The marinade!

Jorge’s gonna be painting his roast with this. He now clamps the rabbit in a kind of grill and so it comes on or to the grill. The ingenious thing about it is that the potatoes stew in the drained brew. During the grilling Jorge brushes the marinade again and again on the meat. So it stays juicy and tender!

Rabbits in the grill, the roast is prepared whole!
Thyme and rosemary are typical herbs of Mediterranean cuisine.
Rabbits with head and innards ready grilled. The roast smells delicious and with this variation we become aware that it is a living being who has sacrificed his life. Thank you!
The grilled rabbit is professionally disassembled.
It remains to be noted that gourmets love the tender meat from the cheeks. As with fish, it is the best meat!

4.2 Oven Variant: Prepare Rabbit in the Roaster or on the Baking Tray

The variant for at home and in the oven goes as follows… Use a large roaster or a flat, high baking tray.

About 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, spread the roast with honey and lemon juice and flavour with it.

Fresh garlic in a bundle in spain

5. Which side Dishes go with it?

In the simplest variant, this dish is only served with potatoes. These simply cook with the grill or in the oven. This is very practical.

The simplest side dish of this dish is the halved potatoes. The glazed rabbit legs look magnificent!

Of course there are other side dishes to go with it, try a Ratatouille or the typical vegetables of the Balearic Islands, Tumbet…

Vegetable preparation of Mallorcan cuisine, known as tumbet. These are layered potatoes, courgettes, eggplants and tomato sauce.

Aioli – the traditional garlic mayonnaise with rollado – is a popular dish in Spain. Rollado is the delicious cold tomato sauce, seen in the middle of the picture.

Typical bread side dishes in Mallorcan cuisine are aioli, olives and rollado.

6. Further recommendations

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