Prepare Rabbit Roast in two Variations, genuine Mallorquin, an original Spanish Recipe

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The recipe Rabbit Roast, original from the Mallorquin Kitchen I present to you in this contribution.

It was 38°C in the shade when I happened to stroll past Jorge’s barbecue kitchen in S’Alqueria Blanca after my shopping at noon in July, and an incomparably delicious smell came towards me. Great, my stomach growl came back to my mind and I took a closer look.

Jorge turned chicken and rabbit at the openly fired, Spanish grill and braised under the grill in addition the potatoes. We both got into conversation and I was allowed to try some of the rabbit in advance. Wow, that was a pleasure!

Of course I wanted to know exactly how to prepare something so delicious. So I learned Jorge’s culinary rabbit secret, which I like to share with you here.

1. Preparing Rabbit Roast – What you need for it

You can buy Roger Rabbit as a whole. If your butcher doesn’t have a rabbit at the moment, you can buy frozen goods in the well-stocked supermarket. First I’ll introduce you to Jorge cooking it all on the grill.

However, if you don’t have the luxury grill in the garden, you can also prepare the rabbit in the oven. I would dismantle the rabbit in the kitchen for the roaster.

First release the hind legs and forelegs, then the back with kidneys and fillet, leaving the belly lobes on the back so that you can bind the rabbit roast to a kidney roast.

Rabbit cut up and prepared for grilling or roasting or braising.

Cut up the rabbit: Triggered and rounded back front left, forelegs upper middle, hind legs right with liver lower right.

2. Prepare Rabbits whole on the Grill or in the Oven

2.1 Jorge’s Variant: All on the Grill

In the original version from Mallorca, the rabbit stays whole and is only freed from the innards except for the liver, kidneys and heart before the grilling, even the head stays on. Washing and dry dabbing does no harm.

Then comes the most important thing: The marinade!

  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • lemon abrasion
  • paprika
  • finally honey with lemon juice

Jorge’s gonna be painting his roast with this. He now clamps the rabbit in a kind of grill and so it comes on or to the grill. The ingenious thing about it is that the potatoes stew in the drained brew.

During the grilling Jorge brushes the marinade again and again on the meat. So it stays juicy and tender!

rabbits in the grill rack

Rabbits in the grill, the roast is prepared whole!

Pluck the herbs and prepare them on a heap.

Thyme and rosemary are typical herbs of Mediterranean cuisine.

Grilled bunnies

Rabbits with head and innards ready grilled. The roast smells delicious and with this variation we become aware that it is a living being who has sacrificed his life. Thank you!

Cut rabbit roast into pieces

The grilled rabbit is professionally disassembled.

roast rabbit head

It remains to be noted that gourmets love the tender meat from the cheeks. As with fish, it is the best meat!

2.2 Oven Variant: Prepare Rabbit in the Roaster or on the Baking Tray

The variant for at home and in the oven goes as follows… Use a large roaster or a flat, high baking tray.

  • Preheat oven at 190°C.
  • Prepare the marinade as described in the instructions below.
  • Massage the pieces of meat with the marinade.
  • Place all the meat in the roaster or point it at the deep baking tray. Add half the herbs as a whole.
  • Add well washed and halved triplets or new potatoes and season with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.
  • Now put the preparation in the oven. Reduce the temperature to 180°C.
  • After 30 minutes pour on with a little dry white wine.
  • Rub all meat parts again and again with the stock, bind the remaining herbs to a brush.
  • Depending on the oven, the cooking time is approx. 60 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the meat with the broth every 15-20 minutes.

About 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, spread the roast with honey and lemon juice and flavour with it.

Garlic fresh in a bundle

Fresh garlic in a bundle in spain

3. Which side Dishes go with it?

In the simplest variant, this dish is only served with potatoes. These simply cook with the grill or in the oven. This is very practical.

Rabbit legs with potatoes

The simplest side dish of this dish is the halved potatoes. The glazed rabbit legs look magnificent!

Of course there are other side dishes to go with it, try a Ratatouille or the typical vegetables of the Balearic Islands, Tumbet…

tumbet delicious vegetables

Vegetable preparation of Mallorcan cuisine, known as tumbet. These are layered potatoes, courgettes, eggplants and tomato sauce.

Aioli – the traditional garlic mayonnaise with rollado – is a popular dish in Spain. Rollado is the delicious cold tomato sauce, seen in the middle of the picture.

Aioli, rollado, olives and bread

Typical bread side dishes in Mallorcan cuisine are aioli, olives and rollado.

4. Rabbit Roast Recipe Mallorcan Style

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4.94 from 16 votes
Roast rabbit according to original Spanish recipe
A guide, discovered, photographed and written down by professional chef and food photographer Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Mediterranean Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 4 Persons
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Prepare Rabbit
  • 1 pc rabbit Stall hare, disassemble as shown in article
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt I use Ursalz or Himalayan salt
  • 8-10 pinches black pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 pc lemon
  • 1-3 pc glove of garlic
  • 1 bunch thyme I'm using fresh herbs here!
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 250 ml dry white win Only for the oven version
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 300 g potatoes
  • Prepare the rabbit parts as described in the article or prepare the rabbit rabbit whole. You can use a roaster or a deep baking tray for the oven version or prepare it on your grill. In the oven, a temperature of 180°C hot air has proved to be the best, pay attention to a strong starting temperature when grilling in the open air and then let the roast cook to the end comfortably with medium grill embers.
    Kaninchen zerteilt Kaninchenfleisch auf einen Blick
  • Mix olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon grater and fine garlic clove crushed with salt and rub generously into the roast.
    Knoblauch fein in Würfel schneiden.
  • Cut the potatoes in half and cook either on the baking tray or on the grill rack. Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.
    Ofenkartoffeln Zutaten auf einem Brett.
  • Place the prepared rabbit roast in a roaster in the oven or alternatively on the grill rack. Put half of thyme and rosemary to the meat, so that the rabbit roast aromatizes excellently.
    Karnickel im Grillrost
  • Use the remaining thyme and rosemary to brush with the remaining marinade. Alternatively, add white wine in the oven after 35 minutes and spread the gravy on the roast again and again.
    Kaninchenkeulen mit Kartoffeln
  • Squeeze the lemon and mix it with the honey, spread the honey marinade on the roast towards the end of the cooking time and add it to the meat.
    Zitronen auspressen
  • Trigger and arrange the roast according to taste, serve on warm plates.
    Kaninchenbraten Rezept Bild

5. Nutritional values and calories

Nutrition Facts
Roast rabbit according to original Spanish recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1775mg77%
Potassium 1550mg44%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 39g78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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