Rating: 4.75 stars
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Crispy, succulent duck, aromatic spices, and savory sauce come together to make these extraordinary lettuce cups. Since this is something that can be made well ahead of time, it works nicely for large groups. Just simply reheat, and crisp up the skin before serving.


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20 mins
3 hrs 10 mins
10 hrs 30 mins
14 hrs
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  • Place duck legs in a large bowl. Drizzle with vegetable oil. Sprinkle with salt, Chinese 5-spice, and black pepper. Mix ducks legs so all surfaces are coated with oil and seasonings.

  • Sprinkle large pieces from 3 green onions into a baking dish large enough to hold the duck legs in a single layer. Place duck legs skin side up on top of the scallions. Scatter garlic clove halves over the duck legs. Place a piece of parchment paper directly on top of the duck legs to help retain moisture. Tightly cover the entire baking dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake duck legs in preheated oven for 3 hours. Turn off the oven, open oven door just a crack, and let baking dish rest in oven for 1 hour; do not uncover dish during this time. Remove dish from oven and let it cool to room temperature. Baste duck legs with some of the rendered fat. Place the parchment paper back over the duck legs and re-wrap the dish in foil. Refrigerate overnight.

  • Mix hoisin sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil, and hot sauce, and together in a bowl.

  • Remove bones from chilled duck legs; leave the skin on. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

  • Place a tablespoon of rendered duck fat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir 1/2 of the cubed duck until pieces are brown and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the second 1/2 of the duck pieces and cook and stir until duck is just heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped green onions.

  • Fill lettuce cups with a generous spoonful of the duck; drizzle serving sauce over the top. Garnish with diced cucumber, chopped green onions, and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts

280 calories; protein 25.1g; carbohydrates 11.6g; fat 15.1g; cholesterol 98.8mg; sodium 1256.5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
It was quite good and quite easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic - family loved it. Didn't have lettuce leaves so I wrapped into Chinese pancakes. I call it Peking Duck Wraps. Read More