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Spiced Rabbit Tagine

Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.

Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.

Spiced Rabbit Tagine.

Rabbit has definitely fallen out of favour as a source of protein. Hopefully, this rabbit tagine recipe helps convince at least one of you to try it!

If this site does anything it represents what I eat and I love rabbit, whether it is spicy or much more trad as in this rabbit cacciatore!

Farmed rabbit is a little a more subtle in flavour and a little more tender than a wild rabbit.

As a result of this, you can cook it a little quicker.

You do have to be careful as an overcooked rabbit is good to no one.

This rabbit tagine offers the perfect gentle way of cooking the meat. It almost steams in the juices from the peppers, onions and harissa.

Not only does it cook the rabbit gently but it also imparts a lovely flavour to the flesh.

Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.

Rabbit Recipes.

Of course, I am aware that rabbit may not be the easiest of meats to get your hands on but it is definitely worth it. I also love the idea of introducing people to something new.

Just like my recent venison stew or wild boar stew this recipe is all about planting a seed.

If just one person of the many thousands that read my recipes picks up on one of these ideas and says, ‘why not, I’ll give it a try’ I will be a really happy bunny. See what I did there?

And guess what if North African isn’t your mojo how about Italian? I have a rabbit ragu recipe and a simple pot roast rabbit pasta recipe.

I can even stretch my rabbit recipes to Spain with a very traditional paella recipe!

These meats are sustainable and fabulously tasty and as far as I am concerned they should be demystified. They are no more difficult to cook than beef, pork, chicken or lamb.

My rabbit tagine has been developed with a farmed rabbit in mind, wild rabbit is a gamier than farmed rabbit and can have a tendency to dry out really easily.

I would definitely not use wild rabbit for this dish so go visit your butcher and order yourself a farmed rabbit and put something new in your belly.

Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.

How to Cook Rabbit.

As you can tell from my rabbit recipes I very much favour longer slower cooking or steaming techniques for rabbit.

This is because the shoulder and leg cuts have a tendency towards drying out. Even more so with wild rabbit over farmed rabbit.

It should be cooked until the internal temperature after resting reaches 71°C.

If you are yearning for rabbit in a hurry you need to look for cuts of meat like the saddle or loin. As you may well imagine these cuts are small and require very precise cooking.

In general, a rabbit should be cooked on the bone to help protect against overcooking.

So no you are fully armed, off to the butchers you go!

Spiced Rabbit Tagine
Yield: 2 Servings

Spiced Rabbit Tagine

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.


  • 1 Whole Farmed Rabbit, Jointed ask your butcher to do this as it is much more difficult than a chicken
  • 2 Tbsp Sumac
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Large Onion, Cut in half and then in to half moons about 175g
  • 1 Small Red Pepper, Cut into 5mm strips
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Sliced
  • 100 g Dried Apricots, Cut in half
  • 50 g Blanched Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Harissa Paste, You can make it to your own recipe or buy store bought
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Honey


  1. Preheat your oven to 180° C.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of the olive oil with the sumac and massage into the rabbit and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan with a lid that is oven proof and heat over a medium high heat, then add the onion and cinnamon stick and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the garlic and red pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cumin, Harissa paste and honey before adding the almonds and apricots along with 1/4 tsp salt and 50ml water, stir and place the jointed rabbit pieces on top.
  6. Then add the lid to the pan and place in the oven for 25 minutes, the idea is to steam the rabbit so make sure it is a tightly fitted lid.
  7. I like to stir some of the vegetables through some simply cooked couscous and serve the rabbit on top.


The cooking time will vary depending on your rabbit but the internal temperature when checked with an instant read thermometer should be 67°C when you remove it from the oven and should be rested until the temperature reaches 71°C.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 834Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 682mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 13gSugar: 39gProtein: 37g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.
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Thursday 24th of May 2018

This looks lovely Brian, I haven’t had rabbit in years until a couple of years back and somehow I didn’t like that much anymore- we’ll, I can never say I was crazy about. This dish looks so amazing that I really want to give mr rabbit another try. I love the colours and the presentation of this dish. Superb as always.

Brian Jones

Friday 25th of May 2018

Rabbit is a funny meat done well it can be sublime but it is insanely lean and really needs to be cooked well to be edible.


Thursday 24th of May 2018

I haven't had rabbit for a while now, this is a good opportunity to try this recipe. In France, I have no problem in finding rabbits. Wild bore instead and the irony is that the forest right next to us is full of them and they have to kill them regularly as they overtake. Unfortunately, I don't know any hunters but when I go visit my sister the vet, I can get plenty. Hunters are very friendly with vets

Brian Jones

Friday 25th of May 2018

Haha, yes vets are the very best source of wild meat here too! I love cooking with rabbit!


Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Stunning photos! I love the lighting!

Brian Jones

Thursday 24th of May 2018

Thanks Amanda

Raney Brown

Saturday 6th of January 2018

How long would I cook this on top of the stove in my tagine?

Brian Jones

Monday 8th of January 2018

Hey Raney... I had to do some research on this for you and it looks as though around 40 minutes should be good but I would personally check after 30 minutes as rabbit can dry very quickly.

Cyril allen

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

A Tagline is not a regional dish, rather it is the name of the pot it is cooked in

Brian Jones

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

It is indeed, however the both the pot and flavours are very specific to a region making both notions correct, my cooking method aims to produce a similar 'steamed' approach to the food despite not using a tagine.