Rabbit is a mild flavored meat that’s not quite “white” but certainly isn’t gamey. By cooking the shredded meat in a rich, traditional-style teriyaki sauce, I’ve created a nightshade-free dish that’s almost reminiscent of BBQ pulled pork: tender, juicey, sweet & savory.
The first time I made Teriyaki Shredded Rabbit it was a resounding success (one bite & Wonderhubs looked me in the eye, all-serious-like, and told me to “post this.”) It’s been the only rabbit recipe I’ve made since.
The first step to making this recipe is to cook up a whole rabbit. I haven’t found another way to purchase rabbit (which is also usually sold frozen) so that’s how this recipe starts. Rabbit is lean meat that’s best suited to slow cooking methods that involve added liquids. My favorite way of cooking whole rabbit is in my Instant Pot, because gahh, its just so easy.
RECIPE FOR INSTANT POT WHOLE RABBIT:
2️⃣ Set “Manual” to 40 minutes. Let self release.
3️⃣ Check the internal temperature. It should be 170 F.
4️⃣ Tada! Its done! Once the rabbit has cooled enough to touch, pull the meat from the bones & shred it. If you make bone stock, save the bones for making some.
Wait, what? You don’t have an Instant Pot? Well there’s an easy way to remedy that. Click THIS link & you can order one. However, if you have a slow cooker I’ve got a recipe for that too.
RECIPE FOR SLOW COOKER WHOLE RABBIT:
1️⃣ Cut a whole defrosted rabbit (about 2 lbs) in half and place the two sides in the bottom of your slow cooker.
2️⃣ Add 2 cups water & 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set to cook on “Low” for 5 hours.
3️⃣ Test the doneness with a fork & if the meat pulls away easily it’s done. If not continue to cook, adding more water if needed until tender.
4️⃣ Check the internal temperature. It should be 170 F.
5️⃣ Once the rabbit has cooled enough to touch, pull the meat from the bones & shred it. If you make bone stock save the bones for making some.
AND cuz I don’t want anyone to feel left out, I’ve tracked down a recipe for whole cooked rabbit that doesn’t require any fancy kitchen gear. Click HERE to check it out. Please note: I haven’t tried this recipe so if you use it please let me know how it works out!
Okay great, now that you’ve got cooked rabbit meat, let’s move on to the really tasty part: making my Teriyaki Shredded Rabbit!
I N G R E D I E N T S :
💚 8 oz cooked, shredded rabbit meat
💚 2 medium sized shallots, peeled, sliced 1/8″ thick. A mandolin makes this easy-peasy & that’s what I use, just watch those fingers!
💚 2 tablespoons oil such as avocado, coconut, or mild flavored olive oil. I use olive oil mostly because I always have it on hand.
💚 1/2 teaspoon salt
💚 1 tablespoon honey
💚 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
💚 1/2 cup water
💚 optional: 2 scallions, chopped for garnish
Batch Cooking Tips: This recipes calls for 8 oz cooked & shredded rabbit meat because that’s how much fits in a 12″ skillet for making this recipe as directed. If you want to make a double batch, please cook the batches separately.
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
1️⃣ In a large skillet (mine is 12″ so that’s what this recipe is based on) heat the oil on medium heat.
2️⃣ Add the thinly sliced shallots and stir to coat them with the oil. Continue to stir the shallots every minute or so until they’ve become golden. Shallots burn faster than onions so keep on eye on them. They’re sneaky.
3️⃣ Once the shallots are lightly caramelized, add in the shredded rabbit meat and mix well.
4️⃣ After a couple of minutes of cooking while stirring to add a little color to the rabbit meat, add the salt, honey and coconut aminos. Best approach: mix the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl in advance. But honestly, when I’m tired I just dump the ingredients straight into the pan.
5️⃣ Stir the rabbit mixture in the pan continuously as it cooks for an other minute. It’s okay if some of the rabbit sticks to the bottom of the pan at this point.
6️⃣ As soon as the sauce has cooked down, appears glossy & starts smelling yummy, add the water (it takes about a minute.)
7️⃣ Okay, now turn the heat up to high & continually stir the rabbit. Using your spatula/spoon, break up/further shred any larger pieces of meat using the same motion you’d use to scramble eggs. Also scrap up any bits of meat that stuck to the bottom of the pan, cuz every last bit of this is tasty.
8️⃣ Continue to cook & stir until the liquid has fully cooked off & you first start to hear little “sizzles.”
9️⃣ Remove the pan from the heat & start serving. Optional: Top with thinly chopped scallions for extra yum & a flash of color. Aw yeah, that’s fancy!
🔟 Congratulate yourself on trying a new recipe & rocking it. You’re awesome.
F I N A L N O T E S :
🔹 Soak the pan right after plating up to make clean up easier. I’m all about working smarter, not harder, in the kitchen!
🔹 This recipe is also delicious served cold as leftovers so its a great protein option for packed or no-cook lunches.
🔹 You can freeze this recipe if you’d like to make multiple batches. To reheat after defrosting, put the meat in a large skillet on medium heat, add a bit of water & stir-scramble like in the cooking instructions.
🔹 I usually freeze the leftover meat from the whole rabbit in 8 oz portions & defrost some each time I make this recipe, however…
🔹 Rabbit is mild and works well as a substitute for chicken in many recipes (think soups, salads, stir fries & tacos) so feel free to get creative with the leftover meat!
F O O D F O R T H O U G H T :
It’s true. I was a protest sign carrying PETA activist + hardcore vegan for over 2 years. Now, obviously, I include meat in my diet, but I strive to be mindful of my choices & to choose organic, humanly raised animals as much as my budget allows.
One of things I’d always wanted to do as a meat eater, was to participate in the actually killing of an animal. As gruesome as that might sound, I felt it was necessary in order to fully understand my actions as an omnivore.
Last year I got that chance when my friend, who’s an urban homesteader, invited me to help “harvest” her rabbits. It was a powerful experience. Taking the life of an animal is intense, but I learned that when it’s done right it’s also a sacred experience. Now I carry that sense of sacred sacrifice into my meals by honoring the life of the animal I’m about to eat & thanking it.
The prayer I say over my meat usually goes something like this: ” I give thanks to the spirit of the (rabbit), who gave its life that I might be nourished & healed.”
Using whatever words feels right for you, I invite you to adopt a similar practice that acknowledges the life of the animal. Doing so increases our connection to our food & also our gratitude.
May you eat WELL, live WELL & enjoy a New Wellness.
Chopsticks & hugs, Xx Kat
“For the meal we are about to eat, for those that made it possible, and for those with whom we are about to share it, we are thankful.” ~ From the humanist benediction
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