November 29, 2011

Sticky Roast Quail

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Its game season; my local butcher is crammed with pheasant, venison, boar sausages, woodcock and more. I should really return with my camera. A small purchase though of four little quail. Freshly plucked and locally reared and shot apparently, although I didn’t think to ask exactly where.

Recipe is a simple one, a take on a Nigel Slater, Hot and Sticky Roast Quail. A recipe that takes minutes to prepare and 25 or so to cook. Serve with rice and prepare to get your fingers sticky. Really sticky.

Recipe: Sticky Roast Quail

Sticky Roast Quail


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Sticky Roast Quail

Prepare to get messy! Eat this little sticky-sauced birds with your fingers.


  • 4 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4tsp grainy mustard
  • 4 oven ready quail
  • 2 tbs soy sauce


  • Oven needs to be hot, say 220C. Mix the garlic, crushed, with the oil, pepper, lemon juice, soy, salt and mustard. With the quail placed in a roasting tin (not touching) cover them with the sauce mix. Roast for 25 minutes with a basting midway through. Eat hot with your fingers with some rice on the side.

Sticky Roast Quail

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  2. Soma November 29, 2011

    Glad to finally step in. Cute little bird and an easy recipe. Really like the charred feel. I am no expert here, but wld. have really liked to see the kitchen towel behind the pan. It is taking away all the attention from the roasting pan. <3 the rest of the shallow DoF feel.

    • Andrew November 30, 2011

      you are probably right Soma; the idea was to give a ‘hot, hot, hot straight from the oven’ feel. The fact the food was stone cold by now is a different matter!

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