If you’re looking to mix up the type of proteins you cook at home, introducing duck to the equation is a great way to open yourself up to a variety of new, exciting options. Not only is it a good source of protein, it’s easy to cook to the temperature of your choosing, similar to beef. The best part about duck is that each part of the bird can be prepared in a different way, providing lots of cooking techniques that are fun to experiment with but also easy to learn.
Whether you’re looking for a seared duck breast with a super crispy skin, duck legs with crackly crisp skin, or even a duck ragu to serve over your favorite noodles, there are virtually no limits when it comes to making duck a versatile and exciting part of your dinner routine. Check out our guide for 11 of the best duck recipes and get ready to make your meals a whole lot more exciting.
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Savory Blackberry Sauce
While a perfectly pan-seared duck breast is a thing of beauty, the real star here is the blackberry sauce. Cooked slowly with bourbon and shallots, this savory sweet sauce complements the richness of the duck breast.
40 minutes 320 calories Easy
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach
One of the benefits of searing a duck breast just right is all the drippings you get from the fatty skin. Use the reserved duck fat to make a rich, luscious pan gravy that pairs beautifully with the sweet potatoes and spinach.
30 minutes 485 calories Easy
Crispy Chinese Duck Breast
Marinading your duck before you cook it is key to infusing the meat with flavor while also keeping the meat tender during cooking. Serve this with some sauteed veggies on the side or go big and serve it Peking style.
40 minutes 190 calories Easy
Duck Confit Ravioli
Duck confit sounds complicated and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. This entire recipe comes together in about 90 minutes, meaning you have an elegant meal that doesn’t take a whole day to put together.
1h 25m 450 calories Easy
Balsamic and Honey Glazed Duck Breast
The sticky sweet balsamic honey glaze on these duck breasts is so deeply flavorful you’ll want to put it on every protein you cook.
25 minutes 730 calories Easy
Jalapeno Duck Poppers
Duck adds a fun and slightly elegant twist to this classic party appetizer. Marinading the duck overnight ensure a tender piece of meat that is also bursting with flavor.
40 minutes 250 calories Easy
Duck and Prosciutto Ragu Pasta Bake
Make your weekly pasta dinner a far more exciting one with this duck and prosciutto ragu, which is made all the more luxurious with brandy, dried porcini mushrooms, and stracchino cheese.
2h 00m 350 calories Easy
Crispy Duck with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce
The blueberry pan sauce gives some necessary sweetness to this rich, crispy duck, which looks beautiful when topped with a few glazed blueberries before serving.
30 minutes 300 calories Easy
Roast Duck Pizza with Figs and Arugula
Rich duck is cut with sweet figs, spicy arugula, and a savory sweet hoisin drizzle for a perfectly balanced pizza that you won’t believe you can easily whip up at home.
4h 00m 400 calories Easy
Ginger Scallion Noodles with Pan-Seared Duck Breast
Believe it or not, this super flavorful duck and noodle dish comes together in about 20 minutes. The ginger scallion sauce is a light, bright contrast to the spiced duck breast.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
Honey Sriracha Duck Legs
Duck breasts tend to get all the attention, but duck legs have plenty to love. These legs are roasted in a honey sriracha sauce that results in crispy, crackly skin and tender, juicy duck meat.
2h 50m 380 calories Easy