Rabbit in a Wine and Garlic Sauce

Rabbit with red wine sauce

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Prep: 3 hrs
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1440 Calories
88g Fat
33g Carbs
124g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1440
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 88g 113%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 341mg 114%
Sodium 795mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 124g
Vitamin C 130mg 648%
Calcium 180mg 14%
Iron 12mg 66%
Potassium 1700mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Admittedly, rabbit is not a mainstream meat in the USA. For those of you new to this meat, or are willing to try this recipe as an introduction, you are probably wondering what rabbit tastes like.

Rabbit is much like chicken. However, it does carry a slightly gamy flavor. Some people say it also has a slightly sweet essence flavor to it as well. 

It is also worth noting that farmed raised rabbit will taste different than wild rabbit, which will have darker meat and carry a more gamey flavor. There are methods to reduce this flavor, so look online and you might be surprised at what some suggest.

Either way, give this recipe for kouneli me aspri saltsa (in Greek: κουνέλι με άσπρη σάλτσα, pronounced kou-NEH-lee meh AHS-pree SAHLT-sah) a try and introduce some new flavors into your kitchen. Think of cooking rabbit as a way to level up in the kitchen. It is a fun experience and one you will not forget.

This dish requires three hours of marinating before cooking. The tastes in this dish are remarkable, and since most of us don't cook rabbit on a daily basis, this is an excellent recipe that shows off the best of all tastes: rabbit, white wine, garlic, and fresh herbs. However, if you are interested in other flavors, try a hearty rabbit stew with vegetables.


  • 3 1/2 pound rabbit, skinned and gutted, cut into serving size pieces

  • 2 inches red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 12 to 15 cloves garlic, cut in slivers lengthwise

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 to 3 sprigs rosemary

  • 2 lemons, juiced

  • 1/3 cup white wine

  • 2 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place rabbit pieces in a pan and marinate in enough vinegar to cover half-way.

  3. Soak on one side for 1 1/2 hours, then turn and soak on other side for 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Discard vinegar.

  5. In a large skillet, sauté marinated rabbit in hot oil until well-browned. Add garlic, and when lightly browned, pour in white wine.

  6. Transfer everything from frying pan to a stew pot with a tight-fitting lid, and heat to a boil. Stir in salt, pepper, rosemary, and bay leaf.

  7. Stir in water slowly, trying not to break boil.

  8. Cover tightly and simmer (lowest heat to maintain a very light boil) for 1 hour. 10 minutes before cooking is done, add lemon juice and shake pot gently to distribute.

  9. When cooking time is up, turn off heat, cover, and leave pot on stove for 10 to 15 more minutes.

Note: Do not uncover the pot during cooking, until time to add the lemon juice. Then cover again tightly.

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