Asian Marinated Duck Breast with Noodles

Crispy Asian Duck

Duck | January 18, 2015 | By

I was always afraid to cook duck. Firstly, I wasn’t even sure I liked it as I had only previously had it in takeaways. Secondly, once I had decided to try it, I came across so many articles telling me what I could do wrong! Duck isn’t as difficult to cook as you think and, with the help of a timer, you can get it consistently right with this recipe. Be warned however that the timings are particularly important in this recipe.

Asian Duck Breast with Noodles
Serves 2
Crispy duck breast marinated in an Asian sauce served on a bed of noodles.
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Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
For the Duck
  1. 2 Duck Breasts, skin on
For the Marinade
  1. 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  2. 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  3. 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  4. 1 tbsp Honey
  5. 1 tbsp Peanut Oil
  6. 1 tbsp Chinese 5 spice (or Thai 7 spice)
  7. 1 tbsp chilli flakes
To serve
  1. Noodles of your choice
To Prepare
  1. Put all the marinade ingredients into a jar and mix well. Transfer to a small dish so you can marinade your duck in it.
  2. Cut some criss-cross slits into the duck fat, being careful not to pierce or cut the flesh. Add to the marinade and turn well to coat. Cover and put in the fridge for at least an hour. Take out of the fridge 30 mins before cooking to allow to get to room temperature. Also preheat the oven to 180ªC.
Cooking the duck
  1. Reserve the marinade in a saucepan and place the duck skin-side down into a cold, dry frying pan. Place over a medium heat. After about 9 minutes the skin will be crispy. Keep an eye on the duck as it's very easy to burn it at this stage.
  2. Remove the fillets from the pan and drain away the majority of the fat that has collected in the pan. Return the duck to the pan flesh side down and cook for 3 more minutes.
  3. Place the duck skin flesh side down on a rack and place either in the oven for 14 minutes.
  4. Remove the duck from the oven and cover with foil and allow to stand for about 8 minutes.
Sauce and Noodles
  1. Put the marinade on the hob and bring to the boil. Lower the temperature and allow to simmer. It will get a syrup-like consistency.
  2. Cook noodles according to the packet instructions. For extra flavour stir fry the noodles for one minute with a spoon of the duck fat from earlier.
To Serve
  1. Slice the duck and serve on a bed of noodles topped with the marinade sauce.
Worried about the marinade?
  1. Seriously, I've made this recipe 5 times and I've never gotten sick! The sauce is boiled and then simmered, killing off any potential bacteria in it. So don't worry!
How well done?
  1. Following this recipe exactly will give you duck cooked medium. For rare reduce the time in the oven by 2 minutes and for well done, increase it by 2 minutes.
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