Demonstrated at the 2011 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.


  • 80g quince paste

  • 1 cup water

  • Squeeze of lemon juice

  • Extra virgin olive oil, for cooking

  • 50g unsalted butter

  • 12 jumbo quail (about 200g each)

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Melt quince paste with the water and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the mixture becomes smooth and lump-free. Take care not to burn the paste. Set aside.

  • 2.

    Preheat fan-forced oven to 220°C.

  • 3.

    Season the cavity of each quail with salt and pepper. Divide breadcrumb mixture equally between the quail and carefully fill each cavity. Tuck wings underneath the quail. If you want to, you can secure the quail legs together with a toothpick or tie with kitchen string. Season quail with salt.

  • 4.

    Heat the 50g of butter in a clean large frying pan over medium heat, then, when it’s foaming, add quail to the pan and gently brown on all sides. Place the quail on a baking tray, breast-sides up, then brush the quince glaze generously over each quail; if the glaze is too hard to spread, then gently reheat it over low heat.

  • 5.

    Roast the quail for 10–12 minutes or until cooked through; do not overcook. Leave to rest, breast-sides down, in a warm place for 10–15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 408kj
  • Fat Total 28g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Protein 35g
  • Carbohydrate 1g
  • Sugar 0g
  • Sodium 546mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

Powered by

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 0 0 0 0
Average Rating
1 comment • 0 ratings
Please login to comment
Posted by Report
Where is the recipe for the crumb mix pls?