Wild rabbit cassoulet

This rabbit recipe is healthy, full of flavor and easy to make at home. A lovely one pot dish! The cheesy crust on top gives a nice texture to the dish.
Wild Rabbit cassoulet, close up picture pinit

Tender rabbit meat slowly cooked in a flavorsome bean casserole with smokey bacon, garlic, fresh herbs and a hint of spice from the pepperoni. This easy rabbit and bean casserole is warming and comforting, perfect for a chilly day!

Rabbit and bean casserole in a large oven dish
wild rabbit cassoulet with cheese crust
Wild rabbit cassoulet

How to make this cassoulet

  • Soak the beans over night.
  • Cut the rabbit up. First removing the front and back legs, then de bone the rest of the meat from the carcass and cut in to pieces.
  • Fry the rabbit until golden then put it in a casserole dish or baking tray. Add the carrots, cooked onions, garlic and bacon.
  • De glaze the skillet with white wine, reduce and add it to the casserole dish with the tomatoes, herbs, pepperoni, bay leaves and cover everything with chicken stock.
  • Bake in the oven for 3 hours or until the meat and beans are tender.
  • Mix the crust ingredients together and spread on top of the casserole. Put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until golden.
  • Enjoy!
Rabbit pieces frying in acast iron skillet pan until golden brown

Wild rabbit meat

Rabbit meat is very tasty and very good for you and it works a treat in this dish instead of poultry meat which is traditionally used in a cassoulet.

Skinned rabbit and a knife on a chopping board. Rabbit meat in two trays next to the chopping board

The lean, healthy white meat is rich in protein and delicious to eat. It has a mild flavor and can be seasoned to taste and used in many dishes. The taste and texture is very similar to chicken, and it makes a great chicken substitute in many recipes.

What beans to use?

Beans are an important ingredient in a good cassoulet recipe.

Dried beans soaked overnight are the best. I use white black eyed beans in this recipe simply because that’s what I had at home and it worked perfectly. However cannellini beans, butter beans or any other dried white beans are also great.

This is a hearty cassoulet that is easy to make and the rabbit meat is fall-apart tender. It has a lot of flavor and only simple ingredients. Which makes it a great family dinner recipe. Serve it with a dressed leafy salad and crusty bread for a light meal.

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Try this healthy cassoulet recipe at home. I’m sure you will love it!

Left over cassoulet will enhance it’s flavors overnight and it taste even better when you reheat it the following day.

You might also like my Wild rabbit in tomato and saffron for another great rabbit recipe.

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Wild rabbit cassoulet

Wild rabbit meat works well in this rabbit cassoulet which is traditionally made with poultry.

Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 4 hour Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 6 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Rabbit cassoulet

Rabbit cassoulet

Cheesy crust topping


  1. Rabbit cassoulet
    • Put the oven on 150 C.
    • Soak the white beans overnight or a couple of hours
    • De bone the rabbit (a part from the back legs which I keep the bone in)
    • Dust the rabbit pieces in seasoned flour
    • In a heavy skillet fry the rabbit until golden then put it in a casserole dish or baking tray
    • Fry the onions in the same pan until soft and the bacon until crispy. Add the garlic and carrots cook for another minute. Put in the same dish as the rabbit.
    • De glaze the pan with the wine. Reduce by half then pour over the cooked rabbit
    • Add the tomatoes, drained beans, herbs, pepperoni, bay leaves and cover everything with chicken stock.
    • Cover the dish with a lid or tRabbit pieces frying in acast iron skillet pan until golden brownin foil.
    • Bake in the oven for 3 hours or until the meat is tender
    All the ingredients for wild rabbit cassoulet in a baking tray ready to go in the oven
  2. Cheesy crust topping

    Tun the oven up to 180C

    • Mix all the ingredients together and spread evenly over the top of the rabbit cassoulet.
    • Put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the crust is golden and crispy.
    • Enjoy warm with a side salad and/or crusty bread
    wild rabbit cassoulet with cheese crust


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  1. this recipe looks really interesting. I’m not really sure where i can find rabbit, is it ok to use pork or chicken?

    1. Hi Nancy, Yes absolutely! I started off using this recipe with duck and that work great, chicken would be fine too!

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