Grilled Cornish Game Hens

READY IN: 14hrs 30mins
Recipe by ellie_

I came across this recipe while looking for grilling recipes that are interesting and a bit different from the ordinary. Prep time includes 12 hour marinating time. Recipe source: Gourmet (June 2005)

Top Review by Pokey in San Antonio

Great recipe. Didn't change a thing. I did use some mesquite wood chips and after I got some good grill marks on the skin side, I switched to an indirect heat method, covered and smoked them for 20 minutes. This one's a keeper.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan over med low heat cook shallots in the oil untl soft (4-5 minutes). Stir in garlic and ginger and cook two more minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in curry paste and cook 3 more minutes. Stir in coconut milk, brown sugar and salt and let simmer until reduced to 3 cups (30 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce. Reserve 1 1/2 cups sauce and refrigerate.
  2. Trim and discard any excess fat from the hens and then brush hens with curry sauce. Place hens in bowl or ziplock bags and marinate with sauce for 12-24 hours.
  3. Let hens stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  4. Prepare grill.
  5. Remove hens from marinade and discard marinade. Season hens with salt and then grill skin sides down on an oiled rack, turning occassionally until done (30- 45 minutes).
  6. Heat reserved curry sauce in a small saucepan and serve with hens.

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