Fresh Herb Grilled Squab

With Toasted Orzo

Herb grilled squab. Take your grill game up a notch with a flavorful, herb packed rub. Fresh mint, cilantro, and orange combine for a simple but impressive dish.

Active Time: 30 MIN
Total Time: 60-90 Mins
Serves: 4



  • 2 King Cal Whole Squab, Halved


Spice Rub:

  • ¼ cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Finely grated orange zest
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt



  • 1 ¼ c Orzo
  • ¾ c. water
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of kosher salt


Fresh Herbs for garnish.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the kosher salt and puree until smooth. Transfer the rub into a large baking dish. 


Step 2

Rinse & pat the squab dry and season the squab with kosher salt and place on to the rub, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and let the squab stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling. 


Step 3

In a skillet over low-medium heat, add olive oil.


Then add the uncooked Orzo, and mix well to coat the pasta in the oil.  Stir continuously until the pasta is lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Next, whisk in the water or broth, and bring to a low boil.


Then reduce the heat to low, cover and let simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.


Step 4

Prepare a grill for medium heat. Grill the Squab till medium rare. 


Place grilled squab breast over cup of orzo. Use fresh herbs to garnish. Serve & Enjoy.

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