Topic Title: how to cook cornish hens
Created on August 6, 2008 at 07:31 PM


I have a couple cornish hens in the freezer that need cooked.
So I figured what better way to cook them than on my Holland grill.

Trouble is, I am not sure how to do it.
Should I put them directly on the grill or put them on something like a roastin post. I dont have the roastin post and I think the diameter would be too large. I thought mabey an empty beer bottle, but figured that it may break with the high heat.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for any help.


For the first time, keep it simple. I spray or rub with butter, season with Holland Carolina seasoning (or your favorite), lay them in the center of the cooking grid & close the lid.(Preheated grill of course)
I can't give you a cooking time, but check them when they are golden brown.(30 minutes +-)
You can get fancy in the future, but I do all my chickens this way & they are great.


I cooked some last week. I just put them on the grill and used spay butter and a little seasoning and they turned out great.


I'm cooking several Cornish hens for family gathering. I've got the Holland Grill recipe; but, it says nothing about adding water to the drip pan or using drip pan just to catch drippings. I presume this means no water for faster cooking of poultry. Did you guys use water in drip pan or just the plain grill sans water?

Grill Man

@ JR - No water needed! That will just slow down the cooking and add time needed to cook. They will come out tender and juicy and golden brown without water in the pan. Just turn and rotate about half way thru!