I thought the only good way to cook rabbit was in the crock pot, that is until I made this fried rabbit recipe. We have raised rabbits for 4 years, and for the longest time they only way I would cook it was in the crock pot. I tried a few different methods in the beginning, and they all left the meat tough. Slow cooking was the winner for me.
We made the hard decision to butcher all of our rabbits before Summer started. The heat is hard on them, and we have plenty of other areas on the farm that need our attention right now. My husband requested 1 thing before they were gone, cook the rabbit a different way. WHY would you fix something that isn’t broken? “It won’t taste good,” I told him. Well, I was wrong. (Did you hear that babe?) Fried rabbit CAN be awesome!
2 Tips for Cooking Rabbit on the Stove
- Let the meat rest. 48 hours minimum. After the rabbit is butchered, wrap it up, or package it and let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple days before cooking, or moving it to the freezer.
- Soak the meat in buttermilk or whey. I skip this step when slow cooking, but when frying or cooking on the stove, you need to do it! Soak it overnight before cooking. The lactic acid tenderizes the meat, and will neutralize any gamey flavor.
If you do both of those things, you can cook the rabbit many different ways and it will still taste great.
So onto my awesome, and juicy fried rabbit leg recipe.
- 2 lbs of rabbit legs
- 2 cups buttermilk or whey
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp thyme
- ½ tsp chipotle powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups lard or coconut oil for frying
- Let the meat soak overnight in the buttermilk.
- Heat the lard in a large frying pan to 350 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.
- Drain the whey from the meat and dry off the legs with a towel.
- One at a time, dip the legs in the egg, and then in the dry mixture.
- Place in the pan and fry on each side for 3-4 minutes until slightly brown, and then place them on a sheet pan.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- When all the legs are finished frying, put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
Meat rabbits are an awesome animal to raise in a subdivision or HOA. Chickens are often against the rules, and rabbits are a good alternative. They make little to no noise, and they reproduce and grow fast. We will definitely bring rabbits back to our homestead someday soon. If you want to get started with rabbits here is a book I recommend.