A spicy jerk marinade takes quail to a whole new level.
A sweet and spicy mango salsa helps balance the heat and a scallion crema tames things down.
Jerk Quail with Mango, Lime, and Habanero Salsa
You'll never settle for simply roasting a quail again.
- olive oil
- 4 quails
- 4 tablespoons mango lime & habanero salsa
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 bunch of burnt spring onions scallion crema
FOR THE SCALLION CREMA
- 2 bunches spring onions scallions
- 1 cup crema or sour cream
FOR THE MARINADE
- 1 tablespoon allspice berries
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 bunch of thyme leaves picked
- 5 spring onions scallions, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- juice of 2 limes
- sea salt
FOR THE GLAZE
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 teaspoon jerk marinade
FOR THE MANGO SALSA
- 1 mango cut into small cubes
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 habanero chilli
- a handful of coriander cilantro leaves, chopped
- a handful of mint leaves chopped
- a pinch of sea salt
- a pinch of sugar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Make the Jerk Marinade
- Crush the allspice and peppercorns and blitz to a paste with the rest of the marinade ingredients. Set aside a teaspoon of the paste for the jerk glaze, then rub the rest of the paste into the quails and marinate for 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.
Make the Jerk Glaze
- Combine the honey and sugar in a pan and cook until it has the consistency of syrup. Add the garlic and the jerk marinade and remove from the heat.
Make the Mango Salsa
- Mix all the ingredients together and store in the fridge until needed. Makes 1 cup.
Make the Scallion Crema
- Clean the spring onions and trim the root and tips. Use a griddle pan, or better still a barbecue, and get it nice and hot. If using a griddle pan, wipe the surface with some plain cooking oil (rapeseed works well), and place the spring onions on a medium to high heat. Let the onions sit so that they get nicely blackened, turning them from time to time.
- Once the onions are ready, blitz them with the crema or sour cream and you’ll have a lovely complement to some of our more savory tacos, such as the short-rib or the mushroom. Makes 1 cup
Make the Quail
- When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 200ºC (400ºF / Gas 6). Heat a slick of olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan, add the quails and sear until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Brush the quails with some of the glaze and continue to cook for another 3 minutes, then place in the oven to finish for 5 minutes.
- When you’re ready to serve, arrange the quails on a serving board and loosely drizzle some more glaze on them, followed by 1 tablespoon of the mango salsa per bird. Serve with tortillas and burnt spring onions (scallion crema).
Used with permission from breddos Tacos by Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney, Quadrille Publishing, 2017. Photo: Kris Kirkham.