Barbecued quail


1 quail per person

1/4 lemon per quail

1/2 teaspoon paprika per quail

olive oil

Spatchcock the quails – cut along the breast bone and flatten out the whole bird.  Marinade for a couple of hours in the juice and grated zest of the lemon and the paprika.


When the barbecue fire is hot, pour a little olive oil over the birds and grill for about 15 minutes, turning over to ensure both sides are cooked.  We used a double-sided fish grill to make turning easier, but you can just put the quails onto the barbecue grill and turn them carefully.

Serve with a green salad and a glass of wine.  This isn’t a polite dish and it’s often easier to eat them with your hands rather than a knife and fork!


2 responses to “Barbecued quail

  1. Pingback: Harvesting garlic and barbecuing quail | olivesandartichokes

  2. I’m crazy for quail. I attended a rather fancy do a few years ago where they were served as one dish in a buffet line and no one else knew what they were or was willing to take a chance. I ate rather a lot of them that night… mmmm! I usually do them stove top stuffed with thyme and a garlic clove, but this looks awfully good!

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