Looking forward to pheasant season? Similar to chicken but gamier, this fine bird makes for a fantastic meal when paired with seasonal ingredients like chestnut, apple, squash, celeriac, and mushroom. If you have a young pheasant available, roasting is the best way to cook it. Otherwise, older fowl are great for pies, pot roasts, and casseroles.
The best thing about this list of pheasant recipes is that each item can also be adapted to other poultry like chicken or turkey. You’ll find something for every occasion, whether it’s a weekday dinner or celebratory lunch with friends.
In this recipe, juicy and tender game meat is cooked with mushrooms in a gorgeous wine reduction sauce. Once you sear the pheasant, add in your mushrooms, onion, and garlic followed by red wine and broth. Simmer for about 20 minutes and serve. This recipe is perfect for mushroom lovers!
This Asian-inspired recipe is finger-licking good! The secret? Marinading the pheasant in a tangy, sweet, and savory sauce made from soy sauce, honey, garlic, vinegar, and onion. Brown the pheasant and cook it in chicken broth. Serve over rice or noodles for a filling meal.
The pressure cooker is probably the best way to prepare pheasant — you’ll be getting some tender meat bursting with flavor. You first brown the pheasant in an egg batter and then cook it with some chicken stock. Make sure you don’t skip the paprika because it lends a beautiful spicy taste. Serve with a rich butter sauce!
Nothing beats the smell of a bird roasting in the oven, especially when it’s smothered with spicy chorizo garlic butter. Brining your pheasant overnight is always a good idea but make sure to wipe it dry prior to roasting. Serve this dish along with some parsnip sticks and a side salad.
#5. Pheasant Stew
You can’t go wrong with a warm and hearty dish like this pheasant stew. This one-pot meal involves cooking the bird with bacon, onions, apples, cabbage, cranberries, thyme, apple cider vinegar, and chicken stock. The result is incredibly tender meat that’s practically falling off the bone and flavored to perfection.
This 30-minute recipe is inspired by chicken Marsala, a traditional Italian-American dish. While the classic version does not include cream, this recipe beautifully blends pheasant, Marsala wine, cream, and mushrooms to create a meal that will not disappoint. For the best result, use fresh or dried mushrooms instead of canned soup.
Don’t be put off with the long ingredient list for this recipe; we promise that it’ll be worth your while! Let your meat cook slowly in a carrot, celery, and onion wine sauce along with a host of aromatic herbs and spices. Once the pheasant is tender, serve it over pasta.
This recipe delivers strips of pheasant that have a beautifully sweet and spicy flavor. You will need to cook your strips until golden brown and crispy. After that, coat them in a sauce made from honey and butter-based wing sauce, and bake. If you’re serving this to kids, you can always adjust your spice levels accordingly.
Use simple staple pantry ingredients to whip up a pheasant dish to impress. All you need to do is dredge your meat in flour and onion powder and brown it in melted butter. Prepare the honey-butter sauce that you’ll pour over the pheasant. Pour it over the pheasant and bake until the juices run clear, and enjoy!
#10. Pheasant Pesto Pasta
Baked pheasant breasts that are coated in white wine will turn your regular pasta meal into something incredible. The sauce features onion, mushrooms, spinach, cream, wine, and pesto, which coats the pasta brilliantly. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for added richness.
A hearty recipe, this braised pheasant dish will warm up the family on cold evenings. Your bird will cook slowly with bacon, aromatic sloe gin, and chestnuts to absorb some wonderful flavors. Garnish with more bacon, chestnuts, and a sprinkle of parsley. This dish will pair well with mashed potatoes or seasonal greens.
Simple, easy to make, this delicious meal can be cooked in just 20 minutes. Season your pheasant and brown it with oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare your sauce of onion, garlic, broth, lemon juice, mustard, and marjoram. Add that to your meat and simmer until juices run clear. Serve over a bed of warm rice!
This easy recipe delivers a meal that’s perfect for special occasions. The bird first needs to be brined for about 6 hours in a mix of sugar, salt, bay leaves, peppercorn, berries, and cloves. Then you roast it with butter and sage. Serve your dish with pancetta, root vegetables, and a fragrant marsala sauce.
Bring out the rich flavor of this game bird with cider and apples. Allow the pheasant’s juice to run through the cream to produce a fantastic herb sauce. This dish contains a healthy amount of veggies like celery, onion, and cabbage. Serve with mashed potato for a wholesome meal.
If you have a love for pheasant and vegetables, this recipe is for you. Savor the delicious taste of Mediterranean veggies like pepper, tomato, zucchini, red onion, and eggplant. Then, roast all veggies and the bird in the oven, and drizzle with spiced butter. Serve over a side of couscous or rice.
#16. Pheasant Ragu
A hearty take on your classic ragu, this meal is ready to serve in 30 minutes. It features vegetables like carrots, celery, and onion cooked in a broth enriched with the earthy taste of shiitake mushrooms. The pheasant absorbs all the flavors from the veggies, pancetta, herbs, and wine, resulting in a rich and intensely flavored meal.
For this recipe, you’ll need pheasant, butter, orange, white wine, bacon, raisins, and a whole lot of herbs and spices. All these ingredients combine beautifully, delivering warm citrus and herb flavors. Serve with roast potatoes or other root vegetables — this is a great option for dinner.
Use up your pheasant leftovers to create a dish that features flaky puff pastry enveloping finely chopped pheasant meat. The pheasant is cooked with bacon, thyme, mushrooms, and shallots followed by a decadent crème fraîche and sherry. Roll this filling into the pastry dough, bake until golden, and serve!
To create this stunning dish, you’ll need to prepare a pheasant stock and start marinating a day in advance. The marinating allows the gamey flavor to take center stage and is beautifully tied together with herby butter. Present your ballotine on a sage bread sauce garnished with seasonal greens.
Rösti is of Swiss origin, generally made from potatoes, and resembles hash browns. This recipe is a flavorsome take on the classic with celeriac and parsnip. The tender pheasant is pan-fried, paired with golden-brown crispy fritters, and covered in a creamy cider sauce.
#21. Pheasant Pot Pie
When you want something warm, comforting, and filling, you can’t beat a pot pie. Use refrigerated pie crust for a beautifully crisp golden-brown result. The pheasant is cooked with a variety of veggies in a creamy and delectable sauce and baked to perfection.
Put a twist on your regular mac and cheese by adding pheasant, green chilies, onions, garlic, and three different types of cheese into the mix. This scrumptious recipe also requires a breadcrumb topping that adds a bit of crunch to the dish.
A phenomenal take on your classic pizza, this easy recipe is perfect for a family meal. You’ll need pizza crust, spicy barbecue sauce, pheasant breast, red onion, and Gouda cheese. The combination of pepperoncini peppers with cilantro also adds wonderful flavors that elevate this pizza.
This recipe for a traditional shepherd’s pie allows the gamey pheasant meat to shine in a burst of flavors. This recipe features wild mushrooms, bacon, onion, garlic, parsley, port wine, and chicken stock, all infusing your meat with incredible flavors. Bake the pheasant covered with mashed potatoes and prepare some veggies to go along.
#25. Pheasant Tacos
If you think tacos with chicken are good, wait till you try one filled with shredded pheasant. The caramelized meat is made even better with the star of the show — mango salsa. This recipe delivers a tantalizing balance of sweet and spicy flavors that you can’t resist.
#26. Green Chili Pheasant
Time to go south of the border to Mexico and whip up a pheasant recipe with hot pepper sauce, onions, cumin, green chilies, cheese, and chili powder. Your bird will be packed with flavorful spices that’ll make your tastebuds come alive! Serve these baked pheasant-breast rolls with a spicy tomato sauce.
This incredible culinary delight is a treat for the senses. Use a rub of garlic, thyme, olive oil, salt, and pepper on your pheasant. Place rashers of bacon on the pheasant breast and roast with sprigs of thyme and butter. Served with baked grapes and buttered cabbage for an enticing dish.
This filling, festive recipe is a fantastic way to bring out the pheasant’s gamey flavor. Cook the bird and white beans with cloves and bay leaves to make a casserole the whole family will appreciate. Maple syrup and sugar add a level of sweetness unlike any other.
This recipe combines basic flavor components to create a delicious grilled pheasant meal. You’ll be flavoring your meat with wine, citrus, and garlic. If that doesn’t set your taste buds alive, wait till you smell that pheasant on the grill. Serve your dish with roasted vegetables.
A flavorful, spicy gumbo, this is a simple recipe that lets all its ingredients shine. Pheasant, oysters, and spicy andouille are cooked with aromatic spices like Creole seasoning and filé powder to thicken the stew. You can also adjust the spice level by using a milder sausage like kielbasa. Serve with rice for a wholesome meal.
#31. Pheasant Crumble
Bring out this beautiful meal at your next dinner party. It features braised pheasant, bacon, garlic butter, vegetables, and a gorgeous cheesy crumble topping. The herby flavors are wonderfully balanced out by the sweet potatoes. Serve with some grilled veggies or rice.
For this recipe, you’ll first marinate the pheasant with garlic, rosemary, thyme, herbes de Provence, sugar, and salt for a day and then baked. The shredded pheasant meat is then used to make the best salad ever — a beautiful mix of green, fennel, scallions, and tomatoes topped with a citrusy-mustard vinaigrette and Marcona almonds.
Celebrate autumn with this rich, gamey pheasant dish brought together with bacon, juniper berries, and a delicious red wine sauce. This comforting recipe requires only 15 minutes of prep time. Your bird will taste fantastic served with the sauce, some creamy mash, and green vegetables on the side.