Grilled quail with citrus salad and pistachio sauce

Serves 4



4 quails, cut down the middle of the backbone with scissors and flattened out
Citrus salad: segments of 2 blood oranges, ½ pomelo, 1 pink grapefruit, skin removed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
Sprinkle of dried rose petals (optional)


½ medium onion, grated
½ clove garlic, crushed to a paste with salt
1.5 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ level teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons olive oil

Mix all the marinade ingredients together and rub all over the quail. Place in a dish and marinate for at least 2 hours or in the fridge overnight.

Pistachio sauce


150g shelled pistachios, roughly blitzed
grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
grated zest and juice of ½ orange
1 tablespoon orange blossom water (optional)
1 heaped tablespoon shredded mint
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon caster sugar

Combine all the ingredients together and season with salt. Set aside.


To grill the quail rub the tiniest amount of olive oil on to the quail and place breast side up on the barbecue (or hot griddle pan or domestic grill). Cook for 5-8 minutes, depending on the heat, then turn over, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink but still juicy.  With a sharp knife remove the breasts and legs. Discard the carcass.

To assemble the salad, lay the segments out onto a serving dish, followed by the quail breasts and legs. Spoon over the pistachio sauce and finish with them fresh mint and rose petals if using.