This article was updated on the 12th of August 2023 for clarity and to improve text readability.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your rabbit dish, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for rabbit. No matter how you cook it.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with rabbit include fettuccine alfredo, polenta, paella, and roasted baby potatoes. Try serving ratatouille, celery root puree, and succotash for healthier options. You can also serve no-knead artisan bread, drop dumplings, and creamed spinach and mushrooms.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Serve pan-fried rabbit over a bed of creamy fettuccine alfredo for a fancy meal guaranteed to impress anyone.
You may be thinking this is an unusual combination, but rabbit meat tastes close to chicken, making it an ideal protein to pair with fettuccine alfredo.
The creaminess of the alfredo sauce complements the pan-fried rabbit like a dream. Plus, rabbit is healthier than chicken, so this food pairing won’t feel like a cheat meal at all!
Making rabbit stew? Keep it simple and scoop it over a bed of cheesy polenta.
It’s just like grits, but it’s silkier and smoother, making it excellent for soaking up the flavors of your rabbit stew And if you want to make it extra rich, Fusion Craftiness recommends adding cream or olive oil towards the end of cooking.
Psst… if you have any leftover polenta, you can keep them in the fridge and fry them up the next day.
Satisfy your cravings for rabbit meat with this Valencian paella.
It’s a version of the classic paella featuring rabbit and chicken meat instead of seafood. It’s a superb dish you can make, especially if you’re hosting friends who aren’t the biggest seafood fans.
You’ll need a 40-50 cm paella pan to make this, which is pretty big. Recipe creator Rick Stein recommends using 2 burners to make sure the paella pan heats evenly.
Ready to impress your friends? Invite them over for lunch and serve them this Valencian paella. And if you need more side dish ideas for paella, I’ve got you covered.
Roasted baby potatoes
Roasted baby potatoes are a great accompaniment to rabbit meat, no matter the preparation.
The great thing about them is that you can season the souds with your choice of herbs and spices. Posh Journal goes with a combination of rosemary and garlic, but I added thyme, sage, and marjoram to complement the rabbit meat better.
There’s really nothing fancy about these spuds, but who can resist lightly crisp baby potatoes with creamy, tender insides? So good!
Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew that features tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplants cooked down in a tomato sauce. It’s a warm, comforting dish that goes well with any protein, especially game meat like rabbit.
The great thing about this is everything is cooked in one pot, making clean up a breeze. Although A Couple Cooks recommends sauteing the veggies in two batches if your pot can’t handle them all at once. You’ll get better caramelization and flavor this way.
Enjoy this hearty stew with a side of pan-fried rabbit for a filling and nourishing meal.
Creamed spinach and mushrooms
Are you planning to serve rabbit for Thanksgiving? This creamed spinach and mushrooms dish is a traditional Thanksgiving side that works superbly with rabbit meat.
The earthiness of the mushrooms, combined with the creamy sauce is excellent for masking your rabbit meat’s gamey notes.
And the best part? You can make this a day ahead, ideal for the holiday when your kitchen gets busy.
Apple kale salad
Looking to add a fresh accompaniment to your rabbit dish? Skip the usual boring salads and try this apple kale salad instead.
All the elements are tied together with a tangy and umami-loaded miso-mustard dressing. It’s loaded with crunchy textures that contrast the tenderness of your rabbit meat. Plus, it offers a delightful combination of sweet, savory, and tangy notes that’ll delight your taste buds.
Pro-tip: don’t skip massaging the kale leaves. This extra step softens them up and also mellows out their bitter flavor.
No-knead artisan bread
This is the best bread recipe for baking beginners. It looks impressive, with its thick crust and soft, hole-y crumb. But would you believe it only requires five minutes of active time? The rest of the work is simply letting the dough proof overnight. It’s that easy.
Now, you’ll always have a slice of crusty bread that’s perfect for soaking up all the goodness from saucy dishes like rabbit stews.
Psst… let your bread cool down for about 10 minutes before slicing. This prevents the inside from being too doughy.
Celery root puree
Mashed potatoes are one of the best accompaniments to a rabbit dish, but you can swap it for celery root puree if you’re trying to be healthier.
It’s not as calorific as mashed potatoes, and it still boasts a similarly smooth, velvety consistency that’ll make you feel satisfied. And if you still want a bit of decadence, serve this puree with a knob of butter on top.
Rabbit stew screams comfort food, but you can try pairing it with these drop dumplings for an even cozier meal.
They’re light, fluffy, and excellent for soaking up the rich broth of your stew.
You can use boxed biscuit mix if you’re in a rush, but this homemade version only takes 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Plus, you likely have all the ingredients you need in your pantry: flour, butter, sugar, baking powder, and milk.
Brighten up your pan-fried rabbit with a side of vibrant succotash.
This classic dish combines sweet corn, lima beans, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs, all seasoned with a zesty lime and olive oil dressing. The combination of herby, mildly sweet, and zesty notes is exactly what you need to cut through the gaminess of your rabbit.
The Healthy Epicurean uses grilled corn for added smokiness, but you can also use boiled or roasted corn if you can’t fire up the grill.
This delicious summer succotash is ready to be served in 40 minutes.
What To Serve With Rabbit [33 Ideas]
- 1 portion fettucine alfredo
- 1 portion polenta
- 1 portion succotash
- 1 portion celery root puree
- 1 portion creamed spinach and mushrooms
- 1 portion apple kale salad
- … and more
- Prepare your rabbit according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: fettuccine alfredo, polenta, paella, roasted baby potatoes, ratatouille, creamed spinach and mushrooms, apple kale salad, no-knead artisan bread, celery root puree, drop dumplings, and succotash.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!