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Duck Confit, the Right Way

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Duck confit takes a while to prepare properly but is well worth the effort. This melt-in-your mouth duck treat will become a favorite. I buy whole ducks and then remove legs/wings whole and breasts from the bone. Always keep the skin on duck! You can easily double this recipe if you're having a dinner party. I learned this method from Chef Uriah of the Columbian Cafe of Astoria, Oregon. The breasts become pan roasted Muscovy duck (see my recipe) and the legs/wings become confit. Never roast a Muscovy duck whole: the breast comes out dry, musky, and bitter tasting."
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1 d 3 h 13 m servings 554
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine shallot, sugar, salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme in a small bowl. Rub all over duck legs, thighs, and wings.
  2. Arrange duck parts skin side-up in a dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the seasoning is well absorbed, 24 to 48 hours.
  3. Rinse off the seasoning and pat the duck dry. Arrange duck in a single layer in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Let duck stand until it reaches room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).
  5. Melt duck fat in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbles begin to form, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour duck fat over the room-temperature duck.
  6. Bake duck in the preheated oven until tender and the juices run clear, 2 to 3 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C). Pour off the duck fat.
  7. Brush a grill pan with some of the used duck fat and heat over medium-high heat until smoking. Add baked duck; cook in batches until skin is crispy, about 90 seconds per side.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Regular white sugar can be substituted for the cane sugar.
  • If not serving right away, let duck cool completely after baking and store in its cooking fat. Fish it out of the fat and gently warm the duck in a pan prior to crisping the skin.
  • Never serve wobbly-skinned confit; the crispy duck skin makes the dish absolute heaven! You can substitute the grill pan with a stainless or cast iron pan, but not a nonstick pan.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of duck fat. The actual amount of duck fat consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 554 calories; 47.2 5.3 23.5 138 3103 Full nutrition

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Ok, so it takes a bit of work to make--it's not hard by any means, just takes a while. But it's definitely delicious! The flavor is just fantastic! I halved the recipe and it worked great. Took ...