Grilled Cornish Game Hens made Easy


When you have an urge to grill Cornish Game Hens, do it! It’s a very easy and delicious Sunday dinner. I recently served them with grilled vegetables, fresh corn, and a salad. It was a perfect meal.

I learned from my mother to be very fussy when cleaning poultry, and I recommend you are too. Spice your hens up however you like. I chose lemon and garlic for my Sunday dinner.


Grilled Cornish Game Hens



2 Cornish Game Hens

Olive oil

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 lemon, sliced

4 garlic cloves, sliced

2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons thyme

Seasonal vegetables (to complete the meal)


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Split the hens, cutting on the backside to butterfly the birds. Place sea salt in the cavity for about 10 minutes, before thoroughly rinsing the hens.

Place the birds in a large bowl of water, adding sliced lemon, sliced garlic cloves, sea salt, 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, 1/4 cup chopped basil, 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, and 1 tablespoon thyme.

Refrigerate for two hours to let the hens become flavorful.

Heat grill to medium. Drain hens and pat dry.

Rub olive oil on the breast of the hens. Season with remainder of chopped basil, rosemary, pepper, and thyme.

Place hens on grill, breast side up.  Grill covered, turning every ten minutes, for about 35 – 45 minutes. Juices should run clear from hens.

Place some seasonal vegetables in a grill pan and season with fresh herbs and garlic.  Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Plate the grilled hen with your vegetables.





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