What Does Rabbit Meat Taste Like?

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Cooked rabbit meat in a white plate.

Last Updated on June 29, 2021 by Rei

Rabbit meat tastes a lot like chicken due to the fact that both of them are white meat. The biggest difference between the two is the texture, rabbit has less fat compared to chicken so it’s drier.

Chicken also wins a little when it comes to flavor because it’s a mixture of dark and white meat compared to rabbit meat whose mostly white meat.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain the article in more details:

Does rabbit meat taste good?

A man cutting a rabbit meat to be cooked What Does Rabbit Meat Taste Like?
“Preparing Meat Rabbits” by Chiot’s Run

The taste of rabbit meat would depend on the age of the rabbit. The general consensus is, the younger the rabbit the better it tastes. Older rabbits, especially wild rabbits tend to develop a strong smell making it hard to eat if cooked wrong.

Rabbit meat is comparable to chicken and would take on whatever spices you put on it(spicy, curry, savory..).

How does rabbit meat compare to other meats?

Compared to other meat like chicken, pork, beef, lamb, veal, and turkey, rabbit meat has more protein per serving, the lowest in fat, and the lowest in calories per serving.

It’s also more environmentally friendly to consume rabbits due to how fast it is to raise one for meat consumption and how little space it needs.

What does domestic rabbit meat taste like?

Domestic or farmed rabbit has more fat in it due to the fact that rabbit farms would mostly feed their rabbit pellets to grow them as fast as possible.

Because of this, farm rabbits have a milder taste compared to wild rabbits whose meat has more aroma due to the variety of their diet. Also, farm rabbits have pinkish meat due to higher concentrations of fat in their muscles making them tenderer.

What does wild rabbit meat taste like?

Skinned wild rabbit meat. What Does Rabbit Meat Taste Like?
“”Lakeland wild rabbit” by Andy Roberts

The biggest difference between wild rabbit meat compared to domestic rabbit meat is its aroma. Wild rabbits have a more earthy aroma due to their abundance of choices when it comes to their diet.

But, as wild rabbits get older, that aroma could lead to an unpleasant smell making them hard to consume. So if your planning on eating wild rabbits make sure that it’s still young.

Wild rabbit meat is also redder than farm rabbits due to its low-fat concentration.

Are wild rabbit meat better than domestic rabbit meat?

The only advantage of wild rabbit meat compared to domestic rabbit meat is its aroma. But, wild rabbits also have considerably less meat compared to farm rabbits making them a less popular choice due to the effort required for less meat.

The aroma of wild rabbits’ meat would also depend on the season, age, and the food available for them. So for most people, domestic farm rabbits are better than wild rabbits due to their negligible advantage.

Conclusion

Rabbit meat tastes a lot like chicken because both of them are white meat. The biggest difference between the two is their texture, rabbits are drier because of their low-fat concentration.

The only difference between wild rabbit meat and domestic farm rabbit meat is their aroma. Wild rabbits have more aroma due to their diet.

But, wild rabbits also have less meat in them and the aroma they produce would get worse the older they get making them harder to eat. So if your planning on eating wild rabbits, make sure that it’s still young.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 15, 2021) What Does Rabbit Meat Taste Like?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/rabbit-meat-taste/.
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