Grilled Quail by Kent Wang

Grilled Quail by Kent Wang

California Quail is one of the state symbols of California, specifically the California State Bird. It is also known as Valley Quail, San Lucas Quail, Santa Catalina Quail Warner Valley Quail, and Californian Quail.

According to the California State Library:

The California Quail (Lophortyx californica), also known as the valley quail, became the official state bird in 1931. A widely distributed and prized game bird, it is known for its hardiness and adaptability. Plump, gray-colored and smaller than a pigeon, the California quail sports a downward curving black plume on top of its head and black bib with white stripe under the beak. Flocks number from a few to 60 or more in the fall and winter months, but in the spring break into pairs. They nest in hollows scratched in the ground and concealed by foliage, and their eggs, 6 to 28 in number, are creamy white and thickly spotted with golden brown.


This simple method of preparation is perfect for weekend hunting trips and excellent for many other types of small game birds such as dove, chukar, pigeon, snipe, etc. The number of birds needed to serve four persons is dependant upon the size of the birds and the appetite of your guests. Serves four.

Ingredients for Marinated Grilled Mountain Quail

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  • 8 each Quail, cleaned and split lengthwise
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 each Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Sage, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper, freshly ground

Directions for Marinated Grilled Mountain Quail


Baste and grill over hot coals. Note: The birds may be basted with the marinade for the first several minutes if desired, after which, basting with the marinade should be avoided. This is to prevent possible contamination from the previously marinated meat.


Recipe courtesy of Chef Kirk Williams, CEC, CCE

Smaller game birds are always roasted at higher temperatures, like 425° F to achieve browning, while larger birds such as turkeys are roasted at lower temperatures like 300° F to prevent burning and excessive moisture loss.

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Marinated Grilled Mountain Quail With Fresno Herbs. (2017, February 13). In Coast2CoastRecipes. Retrieved 13:00, September 21, 2017, from http://coast2coastrecipes.com/2010/03/marinated-grilled-mountain-quail-with-fresno-herbs/
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