If you’re wondering what to serve with your quail, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for quail.
There are filling options, light options, rich options, refreshing options… you get the idea.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for quail include Greek lemon potatoes, coleslaw, and curried Waldorf salad. For a more Asian-themed side dish, go for something like miso aubergine, Thai noodle salad, or yang-zhou fried rice. If you want a healthier option, try serving the quail with a simple citrus salad.
Ready? Let’s get started.
Slow roasted Greek lemon potatoes
This is a classic dinner party staple with a Greek twist.
The potatoes are cooked in a flavor-packed broth to give them a soft and pillowy inside and a slight crunch on the outside.
A hint of lemon brightens up the dish and means it pairs perfectly with quail.
Check out Sprinkleandsprouts recipe to find out exactly what goes into the broth.
Stuffed portobello mushrooms
These stuffed portobello mushrooms are easy to make and pack a ton of flavor.
You can stuff them with all sorts of things, but I like Eatwell101’s iteration with breadcrumbs, scallions, and cherry tomatoes.
Plus cheese. Adding cheese is non-negotiable.
Other tasty fillings include spinach, fresh herbs, chopped nuts, or bacon bits.
To make the mushrooms gluten-free, simply skip the breadcrumbs.
After something light and easy? Then this is the side dish for you.
Just mix the dressing with your chopped-up vegetables and you’re good to go.
It’s fresh, healthy, and helps to brighten up the quail.
The best part? You can make the coleslaw a few days in advance to save you time.
Try out Valentina’s coleslaw recipe. She uses a classic mayo dressing, but if you want something with more zing go for a vinegar-based dressing instead.
Cheesy asparagus bake
A rule of thumb, if it looks too green, just add cheese!
This dish is a great option if you’re going to have some fussy eaters at the table.
The crunchy asparagus matched with the gooeiness of cheese is just heavenly.
Place a few slices of quail on top and you’ve got a moreish dish that’s guaranteed to fill you up.
This cheesy asparagus bake is topped off with bacon bits, crispy onions, and some spicy pepper flakes.
This Asian-inspired baked aubergine is one of my favorite ways to cook the popular side.
The sticky glaze makes a great organic lipstick!
Jokes aside, napkins are a must when eating this dish.
Its sweet, smokey, and umami notes complement the woody notes of quail perfectly.
Hungry already? You’ll need around 40 minutes to prepare sixhungryfeet’s miso-glazed aubergine.
Tip: serve the dish with some red wine to wash it down.
Simple citrus salad
You know what they say, everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
This salad is the definition of simple, but it still tastes and looks amazing.
You can whip it up in 5 minutes!
The tangy flavors are refreshing and will make it feel like summer, even if it’s the middle of winter.
Try out this citrus salad with fennel and avocado, the bold flavors work well with the gaminess of quail.
Truffle mashed potatoes
If you’re serving gravy or sauce with your quail, mashed potatoes are a must.
The buttery, smooth mash can soak up all the quail juices, maximizing the yum factor.
And adding truffle takes it to a whole new level.
Your meal will be rich, creamy, and indulgent – but we all deserve a treat once in a while!
Danielle uses Yukon gold potatoes in her recipe because they have the fluffiest texture.
Tip: sweet potatoes work well with this recipe too.
Off the top of my head (Disney movie pun intended) this is one of the tastiest side dishes I’ve tried.
It’s a classic French dish that’s hearty, rich, and comforting.
The sweetness of the tomato sauce works in harmony with the earthy flavors of the quail.
Serve them both with some crusty bread on the side so you can wipe the plate clean.
Chefduhome’s ratatouille is visually stunning! We eat with our eyes first after all.
Thai noodle salad
The only thing you have to cook for this side is the noodles.
The rest of the ingredients are fresh-cut veggies (plus the secret ingredient – orange juice, which adds some acidity).
It’s a great salad for potlucks or summer barbecues.
Just make sure to prepare enough because people will be coming back for seconds!
And keep some of the dressing back to drizzle over your quail.
feastingathome’s recipe has some peanut sauce alternatives for anyone with a nut allergy.
Yang-zhou fried rice
Whole fried quail is a popular dish in China, and it’s so tender that you can eat the bones!
The traditional side for whole fried quail is yang-zhou fried rice.
It’s rice mixed with egg, Chinese sausage, carrots, peas, and shrimp – so tasty.
Devour Asia’s recipe is the closest to authentic Chinese yang-zhou fried rice I could find. You won’t be disappointed.
Another rice dish I think deserves an honorable mention is this cilantro lime black bean rice, great if you’re looking for more of a Mexican theme.
Curried Waldorf salad
The curry powder gives this salad an earthy taste, which offsets the sweetness of the fruits and veggies.
You can serve this as an appetizer before the quail (it will certainly wake up your tastebuds!), or you can swap the chicken in the recipe for quail and serve it as a main.
What are you waiting for?!
Head on over to theviewfromgreatisland to find out what to do with leftovers (if you have any).
Best side dishes for quail
- Slow-roasted Greek lemon potatoes
- Stuffed portobello mushrooms
- Creamy coleslaw
- Cheesy asparagus bake
- Miso aubergine
- Simple citrus salad
- Truffle mashed potatoes
- Thai noodle salad
- Yang-zhou fried rice
- Curried Waldorf salad
- Roasted broccoli
- Sweet potato fries
- Chunky bread sauce
What To Serve With Quail
- 1 portion quail
- Prepare your quail according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: slow roasted Greek lemon potatoes, stuffed portobello mushrooms, creamy coleslaw, cheesy asparagus bake, miso aubergine, simple citrus salad, truffle mashed potatoes, ratatouille, thai noodle salad, yang-zhou fried rice, curried Waldorf salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.