Quail with honey-orange glaze

This post is yet another result of my binge-watch of Masterchef Australia series. Quail is one of the most used ingredients across all the seasons of Masterchef and surprisingly enough, Masterchef is also the reason I got to know about quails in the first place. I have heard the contestants speak about how tricky it is to de-bone the quails, observed the judges drool over it, learnt how there is a very thin margin to prepare a perfectly cooked quail, and I knew that this is one of the innumerable food, I would definitely like to give a try.

Quails are cute little birds jam-packed with flavor and once combined with the right ingredients, makes a generous meal. They make a great substitute for chicken and is loaded with essential nutrients. They can be however a little tricky to eat with a knife and a fork, so make sure to use your hands while savoring these delicacies.

So, after months of watching it only on the TV, when I found out that I could procure the bird locally, I jumped to my heart’s content and recalled all the episodes I have watched, the different techniques and the different cuisines. And here I am, with an unusual preparation of “quail in a honey-orange glaze” using a classic combination of chinese spices. The sweetness of the honey, the sourness of the orange juice, the saltiness of the soya sauce and the spicyness from the cinnamon makes the marinade a perfectly balanced one which when combined with the meatiness of the quail, makes the dish a treat for the palate.

Quail with honey-orange glaze

Quail in a tangy sauce served best with herbed rice
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Honey, Orange, Quail
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Anindita Das


  • 2 quantity quail
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste


  • Mix all the ingredients except the quail in a mixing bowl to prepare the marinade.
  • Marinated the quails with the marinade and leave it aside for 30 mins.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the quails for 15 mins or till cooked through. Baste the quails with the marinade in between as well.
  • Serve it with herbed rice.

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