Rating: 4.79 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a classic French recipe that is easy to make and easy to scale. It makes a great gift for friends and family.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season the duck legs with kosher salt on both sides. Place them in a large resealable bag. Add the lemon zest and slices, garlic, allspice berries, juniper berries and fresh thyme. Seal, and massage the duck legs through the bag until all of the ingredients are evenly dispersed. Refrigerate for 24 hours to marinate.

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  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C).

  • Remove the duck legs from the marinade. Rinse them off and pat dry. Place the rest of the contents of the bag into the bottom of an oven safe dish just large enough to hold the legs in a single layer, preferably enameled cast iron or glass. Arrange the duck legs skin side down in the dish. Pour the duck fat into a small saucepan and warm over low heat until liquid. Pour over the duck legs until they are completely covered. If the legs are not covered, you can top it off with some olive oil. As the legs cook, more fat will be rendered from the skin. Cover the dish with a lid.

  • Bake for 6 to 7 hours in the preheated oven, until the meat pulls easily from the bone. Remove the duck legs from the fat and place in a sealable container. You may leave the bones in or remove them. Make sure there is room at the top of the container. Strain all of the solids from the remaining fat and discard the solids. Pour the fat over the duck in the container, covering completely. Seal and allow to come to room temperature. Once the jar is cool, place in the refrigerator and let the duck meat cure for 2 months. Reserve any leftover duck fat for other uses.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount duck fat. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

2521 calories; protein 20.1g; carbohydrates 9.5g; fat 270.5g; cholesterol 330.4mg; sodium 2988.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2009
Duck confit may be my favorite food and this recipe did not disappoint. I made it for a large dinner party and everyone cleaned their plate including those who had never eaten duck before. However this recipe leaves out a crucial step which this the final frying before serving - warm the jar until the fat melts so you can remove the meat pat it dry then put it in a frying pan over moderately high heat until the meat is crispy and golden. I also made this recipe with turkey thighs and it was a big hit - people who hated dark meat before couldn't get enough - I served it with Harry and David's cranberry relish. Read More
(59)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2009
Duck confit may be my favorite food and this recipe did not disappoint. I made it for a large dinner party and everyone cleaned their plate including those who had never eaten duck before. However this recipe leaves out a crucial step which this the final frying before serving - warm the jar until the fat melts so you can remove the meat pat it dry then put it in a frying pan over moderately high heat until the meat is crispy and golden. I also made this recipe with turkey thighs and it was a big hit - people who hated dark meat before couldn't get enough - I served it with Harry and David's cranberry relish. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2010
Really a great recipe wonderful with roasted garlis paste in the marinade rather than raw garlic.yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2008
This recipe is better than Cats! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2013
I used two whole ducks and cut them up to confit the breasts too. Fortunately it was a rainy Saturday so I had the whole day and kitchen to myself. Thank you honey. Make sure you buy fresh juniper berries. It really makes a difference. I would also slightly brown the duck pieces skin side only before putting in the fat and baking. The caramel color makes it more appetizing and keeps the skin on each piece better. This dish is worth the work if you have a little french brandy on hand too! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2011
Awesome. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2014
There is nothing I would change about this amazing dish. Duck might just be my #1 favourite food. It was amazing. I will definitely do this recipe every year. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2016
Hard recipe but so worth it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2019
Hands down one of the most flavorful marinades ever. Even though this is for duck I had leftover spices mixed up so I thawed some ground pork and it made amazing sausage. I adapted this recipe to my sous vide setup by cooking at 175F for 24 hours. It may have been possible to do it at a higher temp for a shorter time but it was silky and tender. Also only needed a spoonful of duck fat for each duck quarter. It still produced a fair amount of rendered duck fat which I strained and am using for duck fat potatoes to go with the duck. YUM YUM YUM. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2016
I really enjoyed this. I didn't have the berries this called for so I seasoned my duck a little differently. Next time I will try it with the recommend seasonings. Read More