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A Complete Handbook on Back-Yard and Commercial Rabbit Production (Peace Corps, 1982, 92 p.)[edit | edit source]

Cooking recipes[edit | edit source]

- Slaughtering and skinning:

The housewife or anyone (in-charge) should know how to dress the animal.

  • Cleaning the rabbit:

- rinse in cold water to remove hairs
- do not leave the carcass in water for more than 30 minutes
- remove the corn kernel-like scent glands behind the kidneys
-disjoint rabbit as preferred
- air the meat for a few hours or over night

Cooking the Rabbit:

- Rabbits may be cooked in the same manner as chicken or pork.
- The usual procedure is to boil in water to tenderize it then fry:

a) to prevent shrinkage
b) to allow for absorption of flour
c) to lessen unfavorable flavor

1. Sweet-sour rabbit:

(Ingredients depends on the supply or availability of desired ingredients) such as: green pepper, bamboo shoots, celery, bean sprouts, pineapple chunks (canned or fresh), cornstarch, vinegar, oil, salt, toyo, sugar and water.

2. Fried adobo - follow chicken adobo recipe.

Preservation of Rabbits:

- Rabbits are preserved to IMPROVE THE TASTE

1. Drying - smoke drying and/or sun drying.
Ingredients - salt and garlic

2. Tucino (for every one kilo of rabbit):

2 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. salitre (Saltpeter)

4 tbsp. brown sugar

pepper and garlic as desired


1. Mix ingredients together and rub on both sides of meat.
2. Place salted meat in a container and cover.
3. Keep in a cool place (can be cooked after 24 hours).

In drying or tucino, the bones of the rabbit should be removed to avoid raw centers since the salt cannot reach the center of the meat when rabbits are cured whole. The center does not dry as fast as the outer layer of meat so the meat closest to the bone may decompose and the bad odor may affect the rest of the meat under process. The winning feature of tucino is its "flavorful" taste.

Filipino recipes[edit | edit source]

Rabbit Estofado


1 kilo rabbit meat
½ cup oil
½ cup vinegar
4 segments garlic
1/3 cup wine (white)
1 bulb and 3 tubes green onion and onion bulbs
1 pkg. vetsin salt as desired
1 tbsp. flour sugar (brown) - as desired


1. Rabbit cut in desired sizes.
2. Marinate the rabbit meat in vinegar, wine, sugar, vestsin, toyo, sliced garlic, salt for 1 or 2 hours.
3. Fry the meat.
4. Boil the fried meat in the sauce where it had been soaked until meat is tender enough, drop the sliced onions (green and bulb).
5. Stir in the soaked flour in water.
6. Taste before taking it from the fire.

Rabbit Calderetta


½ cup margarine
/4 cup water
3 tbsp. flour
1 cup (coconut milk or can evaporated milk, 1 small can)
3 quartered onions
1 can tomato sauce (small can)
1 can (small) peas or green olives
4 potatoes (regular size) cut in cubes
1 piece laurel leaf
2 kg. rabbit - cut in serving pieces i/4 tsp. salt little vinegar
1 red sweet pepper 42 m. and two small hot peppers
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbsp. vetsin, little toyo


Marinate the rabbit meat with the little vinegar, salt and toyo and set aside. Saute the crushed garlic, onions and tomato sauce with margarine. Put in the rabbit meat and simmer until half done with the coconut cream or milk. Add the potatoes, laurel leaf and pepper until cooked. When done add the peas (crushed hot pepper) and vetsin. Add flour to thicken the sauce.



1 kilo rabbit
½ cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar salt to taste
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 small package vetsin, spices (garlic, onions)
1 tbsp. lard
1 green pepper
1 cup water


Brown the rabbit meat in a small amount of lard. Add water, vinegar, soy sauce, vestin and spices. Chop onions and green pepper. Simmer until meat is cooked. Serve all your friends!

Puchero Nga Cunejo


2 potatoes
¼ cabbage
1 eggplant
6 tomatoes
2 pieces “saba"
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
¼ cup lard
1/4 kilo rabbit (soaked in vinegar and water for 1 hour)


Saute garlic in lard, remove garlic.

Saute onions and tomatoes. Add rabbit and salt to taste, let cook for about 5 minutes. Add small amount of water and boil for 5 minutes. Add more water and diced potatoes and cook until potatoes and "saba" are soft. Then add chopped cabbage and quartered eggplant. Cook until vegetables are tender. Salt to taste. Serve hot.

Rabbit Snaffu


1 kg. cubed rabbit meat
1 clove garlic
1 medium sized onion
¼ kg. potatoes
1 medium sized can tomato sauce
3 spoonfull wine toyo or patis black pepper salt, water


Remove peelings of garlic, crush. Slice the onions to diced size. Cube potatoes. Fix all ingredients and cook until tender.

Barbecue Rabbit


1/3 clove of on ion small head of garlic black pepper
1/4 cup SON sauce
¼ cup vinegar
¼ kilo rabbit meat
1 tbsp. wine


Cut the onion into slices and then dice the garlic and pepper. Then prepare a clean basin and place the meat into it. Marinate the slices of onion, garlic, and pepper. Add the soy sauce and vinegar. Place the meat over an open fire.

International recipes[edit | edit source]

Rabbit Salad


2 cups diced cooked rabbit meat
¼ cup chopped sweet pickle
½ cup chopped celery
1 tbsp. chopped onion
½ cup diced cooked potatoe (optional)
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. sweet pickle juice
¼ cup mayonnaise


Mix ingredients and chill one hour to blend flavors.

Chinese Broiled Rabbit - (Hot Mustard Sauce)


2 tbsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. Salt
2 tsp. salad oil
1 tbsp. water tbsp. water tumeric


1. Mix mustard, salt and salad oil.
2. Combine cornstarch and water. Bring to boil. Heat and stir until thickened and clear.
3. Gradually add to mustard mixture. Mix well.
4. Add tumeric if a deeper color is desired.

Broiled Rabbit


½ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup butter
1 cup (8 oz. can) tomato sauce
3/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 kilo rabbit, cut in serving pieces


1. Cook onion in butter until tender.
2. Mix in tomato sauce, pineapple juice, lemon juice, brown sugar and seasonings.
3. Cook over low heat 15-20 minutes to blend flavors. Pour over rabbit. Let stand 1 I/2 - 2 hours.
4. Place rabbit pieces, meat side up, on rack in broiler pan 7 - 8 inches from heat. Broil 25-30 minutes. Turn. Broil 20-25 minutes longer or until rabbit is tender.
5. Baste every 8-10 minutes with sauce.
6. Salt before serving. Serve with Hot Mustard Sauce. Yield: 3-4 servings.

Rabbit Paprika


1 cup finely chopped onion
½ cup butter
1 tbsp. red paprika
1 kilo rabbit, cut in serving pieces
4 tsp. salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. caraway seeds
1/4 cup water
2 cups sour cream
3 tbsp. flour


1. Cook onion in butter until tender. Blend in paprika.
2. Rub rabbit with salt and pepper. Brown.
3. Add lemon juice, caraway seeds and water. Cover.
4. Cook over low heat 40 minutes or until tender. Remove rabbit and keep hot.
5. Blend sour cream, flour and 1 tbsp. paprika together thoroughly. Slowly mix into pan drippings. Heat and stir just to boiling.
6. Serve over Rabbit. Yield: 3-4 servings.

Royal Rabbit Scallop


1 kilo rabbit
2 stalks celery
1 medium onion, quartered
1 bay leaf
3 peppercorns, slightly crushed
1½ tsp. and 2¼ tsp. salt
3 medium potatoes
1½ cup coarsely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped celery, leaves
¼ cup and 6 tbsp. melted butter
2 cups (15½ oz. can) cut green beans, drained
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
¼ cup diced pimiento
6 tbsp. flour
¼ tsp. rosemary, ground
3/4 tsp. pepper


1. Cover rabbit, celery, onion, bay leaf, peppercorns and 1½ tsp. salt with water. Heat to boiling. Cover.
2. Cook over low heat 1½ hours or until rabbit is tender.
3. Add potatoes. Cook 20-25 minutes longer.
4. Strain broth and save 1 3/4 cups. Cut meat into small pieces.
5. Heat oven to moderate (350°F). Butter a 2-quart casserole.
6. Cook onion and celery leaves in l/4 cup butter until tender. Peel and thinly slice potatoes.
7. Layer rabbit, green beans and potatoes in casserole. Sprinkle l/2 the onion mixture and 1/3 the parsley and pimiento between each layer.
8. Blend flour, rosemary, pepper and 2 ¼ tsp. salt with 6 tbsp. butter. Gradually stir in saved broth. Heat and stir until thickened and boiling. Pour over casserole.
9. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and pimiento. Cover.
10. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover. Bake 10 minutes longer of until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

Ragout of Rabbit


1/2 cup and 3 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. salt
3/4 tsp. seasoned salt l/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 tsp. seasoned salt
1 kilo rabbit, cut in serving pieces i/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. ground caraway
½ cup white wine
1 cup chicken bouillon
1 i/2 cups sliced carrots
1 package (10 oz.) frozen green peas
½ cup sliced green olives


1. Combine l/2 cup flour, salt, seasoned salt, pepper and paprika. Dip rabbit pieces in milk, then in flour mixture.
2. Brown well in butter. Remove rabbit to a casserole or heavy sauce pan.
3. Cook onions in butter until tender. Add to rabbit with caraway, wine and bouillon. Cover.
4. Cook over low heat 10-15 minutes.
5. Add carrots. Cook 15 minutes.
6. Add peas and olives. Cook 10-15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Remove rabbit and keep warm.
7. Combine 3 tbsp. flour with a little cold water to form a smooth paste. Stir into gravy. Heat and stir until boiling and thickened.
8. Serve over rabbit. Yield: 3-4 servings!



¾ cup vinegar
¾ cup red wine
¾ cup water
3 medium onions, finely sliced
4 juniper berries, crushed (optional)
4 whole cloves
2 teas leaves, crumbled
2 tsp. and 2 tsp salt
½ tarragon, ground
¾ tsp. black pepper
1 kilo rabbit, cut in serving pieces
¾ cup and 3 tbsp. flour
½ cup hot water
½ cup hot water
5 tsp. sugar


1. Combine vinegar, wine, water, onion, juniper berries, cloves, bay leaves, 2 tsp. salt, tarragon and pepper.
2. Pour over rabbit, let stand for 24 hours at room temperature.
3. Combine ¾ cup flour and 2 tsp. salt. Dry rabbit pieces slightly and roll in flour mixture.
4. Brown well in butter. Drain.
5. Strain marinade. Add water and sugar. Pour over rabbit. cover.
6. Cook over low heat 40-45 minutes or until tender. Remove rabbit and keep hot.
7. Combine 3 tbsp. flour with a little cold water to form a smooth paste. Blend into gravy. Heat and stir until boiling and thickened.
8. Serve ever rabbit. Yield: 3-4 servings!