Cooking Coturnix Quail 101: Three Simple and Delicious Recipes

If you’re looking to switch up your protein options and try something new and exciting, coturnix quail might be just what you need. These petite birds have a mild, tender flavor and are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Whether you’re grilling, baking, or stir-frying, there are many ways to prepare coturnix quail that will leave your taste buds satisfied.

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In this article, I will share three easy recipes that will help you master cooking coturnix quail in your own kitchen. So let’s dive in and discover the delicious world of coturnix quail!

Grilled Coturnix Quail


  • 4 whole coturnix quails, cleaned and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  • Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Rub the mixture over 4 whole coturnix quails.
  • Grill the quails, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with your favorite side dishes.

Baked Coturnix Quail


  • 4 coturnix quails, cleaned and patted dry
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Season 4 coturnix quails with salt and pepper, and place them in a baking dish.
  • Drizzle 1/4 cup of melted butter over the quails.
  • Bake the quails for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Serve hot with roasted vegetables or a salad.

Coturnix Quail Stir Fry


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 coturnix quails, cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Note: You’ll also need a large skillet or wok to cook the stir fry, and rice or noodles to serve as a base for the stir fry.


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  • Add 1 chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves to the skillet, and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 4 chopped coturnix quails to the skillet, and stir fry for 5-7 minutes, or until browned on all sides.
  • Add 1 sliced bell pepper and 1 sliced zucchini to the skillet, and stir fry for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.
  • Pour the mixture over the quail and vegetables in the skillet, and stir fry for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve hot over rice or noodles.

There you have it, three easy and delicious ways to cook coturnix quail that will add variety to your weekly meal planning. From the simplicity of grilling to the ease of stir-fry, there’s a cooking method for everyone to enjoy. Coturnix quail is an excellent source of protein, and these recipes show how versatile and delicious it can be.

Whether you are looking for a quick and easy dinner option or a new and exciting protein to try, these recipes will not disappoint. So, go ahead and give these recipes a try – your taste buds will thank you!


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