What Is Rabbit Meat Called? Your Questions Answered.

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Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Marjon Ramos

Unlike other animals like cows (beef) and pigs (pork) where there are other names to call them, rabbit meat is simply called “rabbit meat” all over the world. This is due to the fact that rabbit meat is uncommon and somewhat rare to be eaten, so there are no culinary terms for it.

Beef originally came from the French word “boeuf,” while pork comes from the French word “porc,” which then morphed into today’s pork and beef. Both beef and pork were culinary terms used by the upper-class French in 1066.

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

What is rabbit meat called in a restaurant?

A cooked rabbit meat made in a restaurant

Most restaurants would just call it rabbit meat or would attach the word “rabbit” to their menu, like braised rabbit, fried rabbit, etc. But it would also depend on the restaurant and what country it’s from (e.g., Lapin, Conejo, and Coniglia).

Cooked rabbit meat can also be called hasenpfeffer or marinated rabbit stew in some restaurants, especially in Germany.

Can you eat rabbit meat?

Rabbit meat can be eaten and is highly nutritious due to the fact that it has more protein per serving than chicken, beef, and fish. Rabbit meat is also lower in cholesterol than any other widely accepted meat consumed by people.

Why is rabbit meat so uncommonly consumed in comparison to other meats?

The fact that rabbits are considered pets in most countries is the number one reason why rabbit meat is not popular for consumption. Also, consuming large amounts of rabbit meat could lead to what’s called protein poisoning.”

Rabbit starvation, or protein poisoning, mainly happens when a person consumes large amounts of rabbit meat exclusively. The reason for it is due to the fact that rabbit meat is very lean and low in fat.

What does rabbit meat taste like?

Rabbit meat is comparable to the taste of chicken due to the fact that both are white meat (chicken is a mixture of dark and white meat).

The most notable difference between rabbit and chicken meat is the texture. Rabbit meat is drier due to its low fat content.

Is rabbit meat healthy?

Yes, rabbit meat is healthy due to its low cholesterol and high protein content. Just make sure that you only consume rabbit meat in moderation. Rabbit meat is also low in fat and could lead to protein poisoning if eaten exclusively.


Rabbit meat is most commonly called “rabbit meat” due to the fact that it’s somewhat rare to be eaten, so people haven’t made a culinary name for it, unlike cows (beef) and pigs (pork).

But depending on the country, a restaurant might call rabbit meat in their language (French = lapin, Spanish = conejo, and Germany = hasenpfeffer). But for most English-speaking countries, rabbit meat would just be called “rabbit meat.”

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By Marjon Ramos

I’ve loved and cared for rabbits since I was 9 years old, and I’m here to share my passion for rabbits. My objective is to help rabbit owners give their rabbits the best life possible.