Pan-Fried Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce

Pasture-fed rabbit is dusted with Cajun-seasoned sprouted spelt flour, then shallow-fried in duck fat until golden brown.  Served in a sauce of stock, fresh cream, champagne vinegar, thyme, oregano and bay with creole mustard, bell pepper, celery, onions and garlic.  A delicacy, sautéed liver and kidney are served as an accompaniment..

Pan-Fried Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce

For the Rabbit

1 fresh whole rabbit with giblets
1 cup sprouted spelt flour
2 tablespoons Cajun-style seasoning
2 teaspoons half-sharp paprika
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
rendered duck fat

Cut up rabbit into serving-size pieces (2 forelegs, 2 back legs and 2 thighs), reserving the loin for another recipe.  Rinse in plenty of cold, fresh water, then pat dry.  Season liberally with salt and pepper, wrap in butcher paper and refrigerate 2-4 hours.  Remove from refrigerator and wipe away salt, pepper and any accumulated moisture.  Dust with flour mixed with Cajun-style seasoning and paprika, shaking off any excess.

Melt duck fat to a depth of about 1/2 inch in a heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add rabbit to the pan and fry as you would chicken, turning frequently until golden brown and the juices run clear.  Transfer to a side dish, then sauté liver and kidneys in the same pan.

For the Sauce

1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup celery, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, slivered
1 tablespoon duck fat
1/2 teaspoon champagne vinegar
2 cups light game, chicken or vegetable stock
1 sprig each of fresh bay, thyme and oregano, tied in a bundle
1/2 cup fresh cream
2 tablespoons Creole mustard
sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Melt the duck fat in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and celery and sweat until slightly softened.  Moisten with champagne vinegar, then add stock and herb bundle.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until reduced by about a third.  Add cream and mustard and continue to simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.  Discard herb bundle and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Eco-friendly and sustainable, pasture-fed rabbit is a very good source of Protein (63%), Niacin, Iron and Vitamins B6 and B12


This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays!

13 thoughts on “Pan-Fried Rabbit with Creole Mustard Cream Sauce

      1. I live in western Massachusetts. I moved here a few months ago and although there are many local farms, they all seem to be for vegetables and the occasional heritage goat or chicken.

  1. YUM!
    Like Sustainable Eat, I’ve tried to convince hubby we should raise rabbits. But then he reminds me that we have dozens of wild rabbits running around. Next year when rabbit season is here we will have met our state residency requirement and the rabbit tag will be a reasonable price. Thanks so much Ren for always showing such great recipes.

  2. Dang Ren, them’s some fine eats. Had grass-raised and finished calves liver and onions tonight. My brain feels tanked up!

    Everytime I see a rabbit recipe, it puts me in mind of the movie Roger and Me…remember that scene with the scruffy-looking woman standing by the “rabbits for sale – for pets or for meat” sign? she was onto something. ;-)

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