sweet duck legs recipe


  • 4 fat legs of duck
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons five-spice
  • a handful of star anise
  • ½ a stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1–2 fresh chillies, deseeded and sliced
  • 16 plums, halved and destoned
  • 2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Cooking Instructions

Place the duck legs in a sandwich bag with the soy sauce, five-spice, star anise, cinnamon stick and olive oil and let them marinate for a minimum of 2 hours. To really get the flavours going, you could keep this in your fridge to marinate for up to 2 days. Then get yourself a pan, casserole or high-sided roasting tray that snugly fits the duck legs. Place the chillies, plums and sugar in the bottom of the tray and then pour the marinade from the bag over the top. Mix it all up using your fingers, and place the duck legs on top.

Place the tray in a preheated oven at 170°C/325°F/gas 3 for 2 to 2½ hours until the meat falls away from the bone. Remove the star anise and cinnamon stick, then taste the sauce to see if it needs to be seasoned with a little more soy sauce. It’s now down to you how you would like to serve it. You could have it as a starter with some of the little Chinese pancakes that you can buy, or served simply with rice or noodles and the chunky, jammy plum sauce that the duck has cooked in.

03 Mar 2011     1380 views     NON-Vegetarian       Poultry > Duck

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