Simple Squirrel Recipe (Hillbilly squirrel & gravy over rice)

This squirrel recipe is an easy and delicious way to prepare squirrel. Don’t let the long cook time intimidate you: most of it is the simmering required to make the meat tender.

The only question is: What wine do you pair with squirrel? Since it is still a game meat, and a dark meat at that, a red wine would work best – especially with this heavier dish of gravy and rice. But really, even a great Chardonnay would go well with this dish. Try Michael David Winery Chardonnay.

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Simple Squirrel (Hillbilly squirrel & gravy over rice)

A simple yet delicious way to prepare squirrel. Try it paired with red wine.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: squirrel
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 squirrels cut into 6 pieces each
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 oz vegetable oil +/-
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cooked rice white , brown , wild chose your favorite


  • Mix flour salt pepper in bag.
  • Drop in squirrel parts 6 at a time and shake well.
  • Heat oil in # 8 cast iron firing pan.
  • Brown/sear squirrel well over med-high heat 4 minutes per side. Remove to paper towels (will cook through during simmer).

Make gravy with pan drippings

  • Add flour from bag to oil in pan just enough to absorb most oil. Stir well (can remove some oil if necessary).
  • Add milk to pan, stirring a lot (can be thin/watery for gravy, can add water to thin).
  • Season with salt & pepper as necessary.
  • Add squirrel and simmer with on low approx. 2 hours with lid (until tender).
  • Cook rice as directed.
  • Place squirrel back leg over rice spoon gravy over...EAT !

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