Spiced Quail

By September 12, 2022Recipes

Aromatic spiced quail are the ideal way to start a special meal.

Cook Time: 30 Minutes plus 3 Hours to Marinade |  Serves: 6


6 quail
½ tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cloves
1 tbsp allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
5 tbsp olive oil, divided


  1. Use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to remove the backbone from the quail and flatten out the bird with the palm of your hand.
  2. Add salt, pepper, and spices to a frying pan over medium heat. Toast spices, stirring frequently for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add toasted spices to a mortar with garlic and grind into a paste. Add 4 tbsp olive oil and then rub the mixture over the quail and leave to marinate for at least three hours.
  4. Preheat a grill pan or barbecue to high.  Drizzle remaining olive oil over quail and grill breast-side down for two minutes, until golden. Turn and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, until cooked to your liking.
  5. Serve with a green salad or rice.