Pheasant may not be as popular as chicken or turkey but it sure is tasty. All you need are delicious recipes to make dishes that you, your family and friends will love.
You may think of pheasant as something you can only get in high-end restaurants, but this is not the case.
You can make world class, delectable pheasant dishes in the confines of your home, whether they are for special occasions or a weeknight meal with the family.
When first trying pheasant breast, you will be struck by how similar it is to chicken. After all, it is a lean bird like chicken with a high protein content and similar texture.
Overall, though, pheasant has a more gamey flavor.
Moreover, its flesh is much healthier than either chicken or turkey (see also “Best Turkey Tenderloin Recipes“), despite its somewhat unwelcoming darker color.
Fancy trying some pheasant recipes? You’re in the right place. Today, we are going to guide you through 15 of the best pheasant recipes to try at home today.
Let’s dig in!
Delectable Pheasant Recipes
1 . Pheasant Tacos
Pheasant tacos are much tastier than they sound. If you love shredded chicken tacos, you will love pheasant tacos. You essentially follow the same recipe and processes as making a chicken taco but the end flavor is quite unique.
This pheasant is slightly caramelized and with the addition of mango salsa, the flavors truly come to life. Sweet and spicy, this pheasant taco recipe is one to savor.
This has to be one of the very best pheasant breast recipes we have tried. The honey glaze gives the dish a certain gooey nature, helping the meat become sweeter and juicier with every bite.
This is a savory-sweet dish with one of the tastiest pheasant marinades going. Once you try it, we’re pretty sure it will become a staple in your home.
Although similar to a pheasant and apple casserole (that’s coming up), the pheasant Normandy is closer in resemblance and taste to a thick stew.
A perfect dish for the colder days of fall, this recipe calls for apple brandy and apple cider that shine through the vast flavors on show. The pheasant tastes remarkable as it melts in the mouth.
A recipe to treat the whole family to!
Like your mushrooms? Well, this recipe calls for four different kinds so you’ll definitely get your mushroom fix when enjoying this dish!
With a delectable wine sauce, this creamy pheasant dish pairs beautifully with potatoes and a crisp green beans side.
Best of all, the recipe is very quick and easy and with a topping of Parmesan and some olive oil, it brings a certain Mediterranean flare to your home.
Try something different this Thanksgiving. Rather than the usual oven baked turkey, try this oven roasted pheasant recipe.
If you adore succulent, tender white meat with a well-seasoned, crispy skin, then you have to try this.
This pheasant is wonderfully garlicky and its flavors are extraordinary. When eaten alongside parsnip sticks, a fresh garden salad, and chorizo, you have yourself a meal worthy of champions.
Pheasant wrapped in bacon is one of the most delicious meta combinations we have ever tried. And, served with an orange sauce, the combination of all three is to die for.
The orange sauce provides a tangy, bright taste, complimenting the savory flavor of the perfect crispy bacon. This recipe can be prepared in just 15 minutes so you won’t have to stay hungry for long.
This pheasant pot pie recipe is truly comforting and an ideal dish for when the weather is rainy and cold. You use ready-made pie crusts to save time with this easy and quick recipe.
Appetizing and warm to the core, this apple pot pie is filling so you and your family can enjoy it as a weeknight main meal after a busy day.
If you love Asian cuisine, then this garlic and wine pheasant recipe is a must-try. Simple to make, you only need six basic ingredients and a dash of salt and pepper for extra seasoning.
Red wine, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and pheasant are all you need for this light meal. Citrusy and garlicky, that’s something we can get behind with every meal!
Just look at this soup! It’s a true sight to behold and our mouths are watering already. The pheasant flesh falls off the bone with ease and melts in the mouth with every bite.
This hearty soup is ideal for lounging next to the fire and the nutty chestnut dumplings pair beautifully with the pheasant drumstick meat. Absolute perfection.
Sometimes, all you need is mac & cheese to fill that hungry belly. But, mix it with pheasant meat and you may have your new favorite mac & cheese dish.
Made with three kinds of cheese, this recipe is so flavorful. The roasted green chili flavors shine through transforming this classic dinner-time favorite dish into something more adventurous and tasty.
This simple recipe can be done in just 20 minutes. All you need is pheasant breast, milk, white vinegar, saltine cracker cracks, and a splash of oil to fry the meat until golden brown.
Yum! Ever fried chicken? Well, this is practically the same thing but with pheasant. In other words, it’s more elegant and a nice change from the usual chicken dishes we’re all so used to.
We’re all about simple recipes at Mangoes and Palm Trees and this pheasant and raisin sauce offering doesn’t come much easier. It is light and bursting with citrus and herb flavors to wow your taste buds.
This is a main dish that will go with just about anything, including carrots, potatoes, salad, soup, and bread. All you need are 12 ingredients, with half being herbs and spices.
The remaining ingredients are butter, white wine, bacon, raisins, an orange, and, of course, pheasant. Try it today!
If you have ever tried a mustard pheasant breast before, you may not have had the best experience as it is known for being an acquired taste.
However, this mustardy pheasant breast recipe will change your mind and take pheasant cuisine to the next level.
We tried this with trepidation but were amazed by the rustic, yet spicy sauce. This is one you have to try this week!
We love casserole and this pheasant casserole recipe is one of our favorites. Quick and easy to make, the ingredients are simply poured into a baking dish and baked in no time at all!
Although pheasant can be quite gamey, you can reduce its gaminess by soaking the meat in buttermilk overnight. The buttermilk will also make the pheasant more moist.
Use wild game pheasant for the most flavorful dish and you will enjoy every mouthful.
This pressure cooker pheasant recipe is ideal for anyone who hasn’t cooked this meat before. The recipe is super easy to follow and the end result is a delicious dish that will impress even the fussiest of eaters.
All you need to do is bread the pheasant with flour mixture and an egg wash and brown the meat with some oil.
Then, simply cook the pheasant for 25 minutes and voilà, it’s done and ready to enjoy! Finish off with a topping of buttery sauce for the most magnificent pairing.
How Do You Cook Pheasant?
Pheasant can be cooked using the same methods as when you cook chicken. Whether you roast, grill, slow cook, or boil pheasant, it is always extremely tasty.
The recipes above include various cooking methods so try them out to see which you prefer.
Is Pheasant Like Chicken?
Pheasant meat is similar to chicken in terms of taste and texture, but there are some differences. For instance, pheasant has a stronger, gamier flavor and is typically leaner and tougher than chicken meat.
It also has a slightly darker color that can put some people off, but marinades can transform its texture and appearance to make it more appealing.
Pheasant meat may not be as popular as chicken or turkey but it is just, if not more, as tasty. Above are 15 of our favorite pheasant recipes that we believe will wow you, your friends, and family.
Enjoy and let us know what recipes you loved the most.