Oven-roasted Quail


It's easy to prepare a juicy and tasteful small bird. Oven-roasted quail is ready in 15 minutes. Have you ever tried quail? No? Then now it's time you do!

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Oven-roasted quail
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2015-11-18, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 15 minutes.

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Updated at: 14-02-2023

15 minutes 4 people Main course
Oven-roasted quail


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  • 4 quails
  • butter
  • lemon juice
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • optional: 100 gram frozen spinach + 200 gram pasta and a green salad for serving
Oven-roasted quail ingredients
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  • oven dish or heavy pan suitable for the oven

Oven-roasted Quail

15 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparing the oven-roasted quail – 5 minutes

Pre heat theoven to the highest temperature possible. For our oven, that's 230 degrees celsius (450 degrees fahrenheit). At this temperature, you will notice the quails are done very quickly and all the taste and moist is still inside the quail because of the fast searing.

This way the small birds won't become dry. If you serve the quails with pasta, cook the pasta according to instructions on the package and make sure the spinach isn't frozen anymore.  

Meanwhile, you can start roasting the quails.  

Oven roasted quail
Oven roasted quail

Roasting the quail – 10 minutes

The roasting part is very easy. Use a little bit of lemon juice, pepper and salt to bring the birds to taste. Put a cube of butter on top of every bird. Now roast them in the oven for 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven.

If you had the wings still attached to the quail, you can choose to chop them off. It doesn't have much meat on it anyway, but you can use it for flavouring a sauce if you prefer.

Add them to the pan after you took them out of the oven. Set on high heat, add some more butter and lemon juice and let it cook a few minutes. There you have it, a very easy quail sauce.  

Oven roasted quail
Oven-roasted quail

Strain the pasta and stir in the spinach, squeeze lemon juice, pepper and salt. If the spinach has no moist at all, you can add a bit of olive oil to the pasta.

That's it, enjoy this lovely small bird with some of the lovely sauce!

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