Spicy Peking Duck Recipe
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Getting the crispy skin on the duck is the key. It's the textural contrast of the crispy, citrusy cracklins against the tender fullness of the duck meat that makes this dish make you wanna slap yo' mama it's so dang good! Also, the reason for the low sodium soy sauce is that I much prefer to adjust the salt content of the marinade myself, rather than depending on the soy sauce manufacturer.
Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner, Leftovers
Cuisine: Asian, Poultry
Serves: Serves 3-4
  • 1 4­ to 6­ pound duck (fresh or frozen/thawed)
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp 5 ­spice powder
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 orange, zested and cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Gojujang
  • 1 2 ­inch piece of ginger, thickly sliced
  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Prepping the Duck:
  2. The day before cooking, place the duck on a strainer or baking rack over the sink. Boil 2 quarts or water. Slowly pour the boiling water over the duck in order to help tighten the skin. Dry the skin of the duck thoroughly.
  3. Mix together the kosher salt, 5 spice, allspice, orange zest, ginger and garlic. Rub the duck cavity and skin generously with the mix. Place duck in the refrigerator for 24 hours, uncovered, to allow the skin to continue drying.
  4. Cooking the Duck:
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Insert orange wedges in the duck cavity and place the duck breast side up (wings tucked under) on a baking rack.
  6. In a sauce pan, prepare the marinade by adding all ingredients and bringing to a simmer. Continue to simmer until reduced to a viscous, slightly syrupy consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Check the duck every 30 minutes for color and skin crispness. Use the rendered duck fat to baste the breast. At about the 60 - 90 minute mark, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh to check temperature.
  8. As the duck approaches 150° - 155°F, begin thoroughly basting with the marinade and continue to roast. Remove from oven and re-baste approximately every 10-15 minutes in order to achieve that layered, lacquered finish on the skin. Pay close attention that the marinade does not start to burn and turn black during this phase.
  9. When the duck reaches 165°F at the the thickest part of the thigh, remove from the oven and allow to rest 10-15 minutes. Carve, serve and Cheers, my friends!
Recipe by The Foodie Whisperer at https://www.thefoodiewhisperer.com/2017/01/16/spicy-peking-duck-recipe/