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A beautiful whole roasted duck with fruited rice. Recipe on Photo courtesy of Maple Leaf Farms.
Chinese 5-Spice Duck Recipe:
Cooking duck does not take very long, since the meat should be rare. Kris Prasad, THE NIBBLE’s wine editor and consulting chef, recommends rolling two duck breasts in a paste:

  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A pinch chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  Duck breast
A second, very different, recipe idea: Serve duck
breast with potato pancakes, crème fraîche and a
garnish of green and red apples.


  1. Heat a heavy-bottom pan until it is quite hot. If you wish, you can spray it with oil, but it’s not necessary. Place the duck breasts skin side down and press on them until the skin sizzles. Maintain high heat and cook for about 5-6 minutes, or until the skin turns mahogany brown. Turn the breasts over and reduce the heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes more (total cooking time 8-10 minutes).
  2. Remove duck from heat; cover with foil and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. While the duck is resting, add parboiled, coarsely chopped potatoes to the duck fat in the pan, along with 2-3 garlic cloves and 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Fry the potatoes and discard the rosemary.
  3. Slice the breasts lengthwise into 5-6 thin slices. Sauce them if you wish, but no sauce is needed.

If you prefer using an oven:

  1. Broil the breasts about 10 inches from the flame, skin-side up, until the skin is dark (about 5 minutes).
  2. Remove the meat and let it rest. If the duck is too rare, place it in oven for another minute. Do not microwave.
  3. When cooking duck breasts, make sure the duck remains a bit pink—otherwise it may become too chewy.
  4. Serve with a root vegetable purée (we like sweet potato purée) or a side of carrots. A fruit-based chutney is a nice condiment.

There are additional recipes on the company website. With Maple Leaf Farms, there’s no excuse for not enjoying duck more often.

Maple leaf farms Duck Breasts, Duck Legs

  • Simply Duck Grilled
    Breast Filet
    6 ounces (photo at right)
  • Rotisserie Half Duck
    12 ounces
  • Duck Leg Confit
    32 ounces
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  Pre-Cooked Duck
Pre-cooked duck breasts in three flavors.
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Last Updated  May 2018

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