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Fried quail on plate with dip

Southern-fried quail with blue cheese dressing

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus at least 6 hrs marinating
  • More effort
  • Serves 4

Try a more refined type of fried chicken using quail with an indulgent blue cheese dipping sauce. These golden-brown bites are perfect party food

Nutrition: per serving


  • 100ml buttermilk
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 3 quails , split in half through the middle so you have six halves
  • sunflower oil , for deep-frying
  • celery leaves , to serve (optional)

For the dressing

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp buttermilk
  • 40g soft blue cheese , crumbled
  • pinch celery salt

For the spiced flour

  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp onion salt
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes


  • STEP 1

    Mix the 100ml buttermilk, cumin and a large pinch of salt together in a bowl. Put the quail halves in the buttermilk mix so they are completely covered, then chill for at least 6 hrs or overnight.

  • STEP 2

    To make the dressing, beat the mayonnaise, buttermilk, cheese and celery salt together – don’t worry if it’s not totally smooth. Keep chilled.

  • STEP 3

    When ready to cook, mix all the spiced flour ingredients together. Heat a deep-fat fryer or a deep pan with sunflower oil to 175C. Remove the quail from the fridge, then dip each half in the spiced our and carefully drop them in the fryer.

  • STEP 4

    Fry for about 6 mins until golden and crisp, then drain on kitchen paper and leave to rest for 2 mins or so. Pile onto a large serving plate, put the blue cheese sauce on the side for dipping, and scatter over the celery leaves, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2019

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