Baked Rabbit Recipe – Rabbit in Tomato and Apple Cider Vinegar Sauce

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The domesticated rabbit is definitely not a common food for most Americans.

You might even have never tried any baked rabbit recipe as it is not something you got used to eating every week.

However, in Europe rabbits are quite a common food.

The rabbit meat is rich in protein and is a great alternative to chicken or other larger animal’s meat.

Did you know that at a certain point (for example, during World War II), the government encouraged the raising of rabbits to cover the shortage of the beef?

Nowadays the domesticated rabbit can be found on the shelves of most of the grocery stores.

It is sold fresh or frozen.

Even though the domesticated rabbit is still not that popular food at the dinner tables of most of the Americans, people become more and more aware of the benefits of the rabbit meat.

It is a great source of protein.

Also, it is very popular among people who would like to lose extra inches and are looking to vary their meals. The meat of the rabbit is lean and very low in fat.

The baked rabbit recipe will be a great start to familiarize yourself with that valuable source of protein.

The Benefits of The Rabbit Meat

Not a lot of people know that the rabbit meat provides you with a numerous amount of benefits such as:

Baked Rabbit Recipe1. Great Source of Protein

The rabbit meat is a great source of protein. A 3-oz. serving of rabbit meat contains approximately 28 g of protein. It is more than in beef or chicken (1).

2. May Help With The Weight Loss

It contains a very low amount of fat that makes it not only a great source of protein but also great meat for people who wants to lose extra weight.

One kilogram of rabbit contains only 350 calories!

So it is a great protein source if you are on a low-calorie diet or count your calories diet.

3. Important Source of Iron

The rabbit meat is a great source of important minerals, specifically, it is a concentrated source of iron.

The meat is also rich in Vitamin B12, phosphorus, potassium, niacin and selenium.

4. May Improve High Blood Pressure

The rabbit meat is a great food option for people suffering from hypertension.

The rabbit meat contains a very small amount of sodium that makes it a perfect suit for people with high blood pressure.

Safe to Eat

The USDA regulates rabbit meat with a grading system similar to that applied to poultry processing (2).

The Food Safety and Inspection Service inspects and approves the rabbit meat.

After the meat is approved, a grade is applied to it based on its texture and quality. The grades for rabbit meat, in descending order of quality, are grade A, grade B, and grade C.

Ways To Cook The Rabbit Meat

The meat of a young rabbit is tender and has a mild flavor.

In cooking, it usually used a substitute to the young chicken meat. It is great baked with spices or in recipes like pasta. The rabbit pieces can be fried and served with rice and white sauces.

The mature rabbit meat is darker and firm with a stronger flavor. It requires longer cooking and considers as a great substitute for the red meat. It suits perfectly to casseroles, meat pies and stir-fries recipes.

Rabbit in Tomato and Apple Cider Vinegar Sauce

Rabbit in Tomatoe and Apple Cider Vinegar Sauce

The domesticated rabbit meat is not a very common food for an average American family. However, the meat contains a lot of nutrients and is a great source of protein and iron. The meat is low in fat and calories and is suitable for any low-calorie diet. Baked rabbit recipe will add a variety to your menu.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 338 kcal
Author Anna


  • The whole rabbit cut into pieces
  • 2 cup of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 celery stick
  • 0.5 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 0.5 cup of apple cider vinegar with 'mother;
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 Tsp of rosemary
  • 1 Tsp of salt
  • 1/2 Tsp of pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C)

  2. Season the pieces of rabbit with 0.5 Tsp of salt and 0.5 Tsp of pepper on all sides

  3. In a medium bowl coat the pieces of rabbit with the nutritional yeast on all sides

  4. Heat on high 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a heavy skillet, once heated decrease the heat to medium and fry the pieces 3-4 pieces at a time until it's lightly brown on the undersides (approximately 5 minutes per side)

  5. Transfer the rabbit pieces to the baking pan and set aside

  6. In the same skillet heat on medium 1 Tbsp of olive oil, add onion and stir well until the onion turns transparent

  7. Add celery and cook for about 5 minutes

  8. Turn the heat to high and add apple cider vinegar, once start boiling reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes

  9. Turn the heat to high and add crushed tomatoes, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once start boiling reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes

  10. Cover the rabbit with tomato sauce, cover the baking pan with the foil paper

  11. Bake for 40 minutes


2 thoughts on “Baked Rabbit Recipe – Rabbit in Tomato and Apple Cider Vinegar Sauce

  1. Very interesting, I just had to check out your post. A friend of mine went to a food festival over the weekend and he told me one of the biggest/hottest items were rabbit tacos. I was a little horrified, thinking they were eating Thumper :(. I didn’t even realize this was an actual new trend. I am very intrigued. Where do you buy rabbit? My wife and I love to try new food, so I would have to say this is definitely something I want to try. Can you buy it at the meat counter in a grocery store? Thanks for sharing, I would love to try this recipe!

    • Hi Steve,
      Thank you for your feedback. I have not heard about the new trend of eating the rabbit meat, honestly speaking. I do agree, that here on the American continent the domesticated rabbit meat is not as popular as, saying in Europe. However, the meat is very tender and delicious. It contains more nutrients than chicken.
      I have not seen the fresh rabbit meat around, but you can check the frozen meat section (that is where I usually buy it).
      Hope it helps and let me know how will you like the recipe!

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