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Duck Cooking Tips
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Cooking duck is easier than you think.
Here are several popular cooking techniques for duck. These are general guidelines. For specific dishes, please follow the recipe’s cooking instructions. In addition, we have videos that you can view online to see how you can quickly prepare duck.

How-To Cooking Tips

Read Step-By-Step Instructions:
How to Cut Up a Whole Duck »
  Technique Videos

In these technique videos, Maple Leaf Farms will teach you how to roast a whole duck, properly cut up a whole duck and score a duck breast like a pro.

Ideas & Inspiration

Quick Tip:
By properly cooking duck, you can eliminate up to 70% of the fat, which leaves a delicious, crisp skin.

Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page for more on cooking with duck »
  Cooking with Duck
  • Make something old, new! Just take your favorite recipe and use duck in place of pork, beef or chicken. Duck's flavor can stand up to any spice, seasoning or ethnic profile.
  • Confit duck comes from an old method of preserving meat by seasoning it and slowly cooking it in its own fat. The cooked meat was then packed into a crock and covered with its cooking fat which acted as a seal and preservative. This method produces a particularly tender meat.
  • Duck cracklings can be easily made by cutting duck skin into thin strips and frying them until they are crisp. They are great on duck dishes or salads.
  • Duck, like all meats and poultry, should rest after cooking to allow the juices to settle in the meat.
  • Don't be afraid to serve duck with everyday sides, like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad or broccoli with cheese.
  • If you like to grill over wood, cherry wood is an excellent choice for duck.

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