A person who simply cannot stand wild game will learn to like it after a taste of this unusual dish. And no, it doesn't have to be a squirrel from Belgium, it will just taste like one!

Recipe Summary

40 mins
2 hrs 5 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Clean squirrels, making sure that all shot is removed. Burn away with a candle any fur that clings. Rinse the meat though several changes of water and pat dry. Cut squirrels into serving pieces.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add squirrel pieces and fry until browned on all sides, but do not cook through. Remove the squirrel pieces to a large Dutch oven or oven safe crock. Add onions to the butter in the skillet; cook and stir until tender and browned. Pour the onions and butter into the pot with the squirrel. Fill with enough water to almost cover the meat. Mix in the vinegar and season with thyme, salt and pepper. Cover and place in the oven.

  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Remove the pot from the oven and add the prunes. Return to the oven and reduce the heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Continue baking for another 45 minutes.

  • Remove the pot from the oven. Mix the flour and cold water together in a cup. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat and prunes to a serving dish. Set the pot on the stove and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour and water and simmer, stirring constantly, until the gravy is thick enough to coat a metal spoon. Serve meat with a lot of gravy.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 30.1g; carbohydrates 19.8g; fat 19.9g; cholesterol 154mg; sodium 222.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
I'd just like to say that we normally don't eat squirrels in Belgium. Rabbit, pheasant, maybe even pigeon, but I never ate squirrel in my life. The recipe looks fine as it is, but I would substitute the water with a nice dark Belgian beer. Greetings from Belgium Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe. You can also substitute rabbit for squirrel. I add a little red wine as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had eaten squirrel before but not for years. This dish was fabulous! Thank you so much for submitting it. It's one we will make again and again. I want to try it with some red wine like one reviewer did; see which way I like it best. Thanks again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I never ate squirrel before and was leary...This is a very good recipe. I would double up on the flour though Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I did not have dried prunes so I worked with what I had which was dried medjool dates. I used fresh thyme and only had 1 squirrel so I cut everything by 1/3 with the exception of still using 18 dates which I forgot to reduce to 6. I added a bit of black pepper as well. This was the first time I have ever cooked or eaten squirrel and I thought the recipe was phenomenal! I will definitely try this with rabbit as well. I would be interested in trying it with the wine substitution but I thought it tasted excellent as is. I think my mistake of not reducing the dried fruit added a hint of sweet to the gravy and I love the fresh thyme along with that slight sweetness. I will definitely make this again if I have a squirrel to cook up. I think this would be excellent served with a jasmine date rice for a side, or garlic mashed potatoes, along with roasted parsnips, carrots and beets. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Turned out great. I was cooking for 6 people so I adjusted the amount up for 9 squirrels and added large 3 sliced apples. Kept everything else the same. The timing on it is just right for everything to be tender. Read More