Roasted Squab

Cyd Converse

This delicious recipe for roasted squab, also known as pigeon meat, is a simple, traditional recipe perfect for Sunday night dinner.

If you are looking for new inspiration for a special dinner, roasted squab is a unique and delicious dish.

Roasted squab, also known as pigeon meat, has a rich gamey flavor and tender texture. Once you try it, you'll love it!

Pigeon Meat Photo

Tips for Choosing and Cooking Squab

You will commonly see farmed pigeons referred to as squab pigeon. These pigeons are never older than one month. When buying suqab, it's worth noting that the time of year can affect what is available.

You can find squab all year round, but wild pigeon meat is at its peak between September and November. For that reason roasted squab also makes a great alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving.

If you are planning to use pigeon meat in a recipe in which it will be cooked quickly, such as pan frying, look for squab that has quite a pale flesh color as it tends to darken with age. Fresh squab will fry better.

Squab that has been farmed will have a less gamey flavor and very tender meat. Wild pigeon, on the other hand, provides a much more intense gamey flavor.

When buying wild pigeon meat, look for plump breasts and fat beneath the skin, which will help with flavor while cooking.

Pigeon Meat Picture

How to Cook and Serve Squab

When it comes to serving, squab breast makes a great appetizer while a whole bird makes a lovely entree.

Unlike certain kinds of meat, pigeon does not need to be cooked until well done, so if you are pan frying, do so until it is pink and then rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

To roast squab, brown the meat on all sides before covering in butter and then roasting in the oven for about 10 minutes. There are so many ways to serve squab, so you can get creative. 

What to Serve with Squab

If you have never tried squab and can’t imagine what you should serve with it, here are some ideas:

You can also create a stuffing to go inside the cavity. We find a mushroom stuffing loaded with herbs pairs perfectly with squab.

Do be mindful that squab can dry out quite quickly, so make sure you baste them - you can even lay some bacon over the breasts while baking to help keep them moist. 


Roasted Squab

      1 Servings


  • 1 Squab
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the entire bird, ensuring the inner cavity is well cleaned. Pat dry.
  3. Over medium heat, heat oil in a heavy pan.
  4. Season the squab with salt and pepper.
  5. Place the squab breast-side down into the oil, turning to sear on all sides.
  6. Place the squab, breast side up, into a roasting pan and roast for about 10-12 minutes. Halfway through, baste the bird.
  7. Allow the squab to rest for 5 minutes before serving. 


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Author: Cyd Converse
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 408
Calories 596

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 86mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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