Farm to fork duck breast bowl

Duck Recipes For All Skill Levels

Duck is a popular protein throughout many parts of the world.

However, here in the United States, it is often relegated to holidays or the kitchens of adventurous cooks. Although duck meat is readily available, both online and in local stores, the intimidation factor remains.

It doesn’t have to.

Let us show you how easy and fun cooking duck can be. The best way to get started is to follow a recipe. Here at Maple Leaf Farms, we have a library of hundreds of recipes for you to choose from. The toughest choice will be deciding which one to start with.

Duck Recipe Terms

First, it’s important to remember that recipes call for different types of duck meat. In general, the most popular cuts include:

And second, as you browse duck recipes, there may be some words you're unfamiliar with. As a quick reference, here are short definitions of a few key terms:

Confit - a slow cooking process in which the duck meat is cooked in its own fat

Cracklings - a delicious side dish or snack made from leftover duck skin

Render - to melt and clarify duck fat for use in cooking

Score - to cut criss-cross lines into the duck skin (not the meat), which speeds up the rendering process

Scored Boneless Duck Breast Raw styled
Who Duck Recipes Are For

Duck is for everyone. Whether you are a culinary professional or a curious home cook, we have recipes you will enjoy. With options ranging from easy to expert, you are guaranteed to find something that matches your skill level.

With its growing popularity, duck is a great option for distributors as well as retailers. When more duck meat is on more shelves, families can enjoy this delicious, healthy protein.

Duck Cooking Tips

You don’t need to spend hours looking for the best duck cooking tips. From both the culinary industry and our very own Research & Development kitchen, we have compiled a list of “quack hacks” that will elevate your cooking experience.

Here are a few quick tips for Duck Breast:

  • Start with a cool pan and put the duck breast skin-side down

  • Heat on medium low to make the skin perfectly crispy

  • Score and render the duck breast to remove up to 70% of the fat

  • Save the rendered duck fat for side dishes like roast vegetables or mashed potatoes

  • When grilling, use cherry wood for a flavor that’s smokey and savory

If you want to learn more and explore tips for different cuts, you can browse additional expert tips or watch instructional videos like this one.

Recipes Categories

Know exactly what you’re looking for?

Want to browse around and see what catches your eye?

Either way, our recipe categories will help you navigate the many options. To find your next delicious meal, visit our recipe page and filter.

If you want to take your mouth on a trip around the globe, browse recipes from different parts of the world.

Duck Breast Recipes

If you are new to cooking duck, one of the easiest places to start is with duck breast:

Tuscan style stuffed duck breasts
Breast of duck with lime sauce
Duck Fat Recipes

Delicious duck fat is a welcome addition to numerous meals:

  • Duck Duck Poutine is our twist on the Canadian classic. It’s a mix of savory and tangy flavors.

  • Duck Fat Toast is a simple snack that will keep you full. You’ll also love experimenting with different jams and spreads.

  • Duck Chili is a hearty meal that is packed full of flavor. Add or subtract ingredients to really make this chili your own.

Duck Main Dishes Recipes
Roast Half Duck al Orange
Thai bbq duck kabobs
Jalapeno duck burgers

By substituting duck into family favorite meals, you can make them feel new and fresh again. If you need some inspiration to get started, here are a few main dishes that won’t disappoint:

  • Duck a l’Orange offers a great combination of savory and sweet. This roast duck recipe features a homemade flambeed orange sauce that gives the meal its unique flavor.

  • Thai BBQ Duck Kabobs pair delicious meat with whatever vegetables happen to be in season. The whole family will love this marinade.

  • Jalapeno Duck Burgers add just the right amount of heat. If you’re tired of putting the same burger patties on the grill again and again, give this recipe a look.

Duck Side Dish & Appetizer Recipes

Whether you’re entertaining or simply looking for a quick snack, there are plenty of side dish and appetizer recipes to consider. Here are a few favorites:

  • Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes add a new spin to an old favorite by packing a flavorful punch. It’s a simple recipe you’ll want to make again and again.
  • Duck Charcuterie Board allows you to be as creative as you want to be. Pair your favorite cheeses and wines with candied duck bacon, crispy duck breast, duck cracklings, and even duck liver mousse

  • Duck Meat Balls are an easy option for any social event. By combining ground duck and duck bacon, you’ll get a snack that is full of flavor.

Duck Salad Recipes

When you pair duck meat with a bed of greens, you have the beginnings of a healthy and delicious meal. To prove that salads can be anything but boring, here are a few unique options:

  • Cherry Glazed Duck Breast Salad was created specifically for Maple Leaf Farms by Chef Ted Cizma. With just nine ingredients, it’s a simple recipe that offers plenty of flavor.
Cherry glazed duck breast salad
Duck bacon and spinach salad
Duck Soup Recipes

Soups are a great meal to match your busy life. By including duck, you have the makings of a delicious and healthy soup:

  • Ginger and Leek Duck Chowder is packed with ingredients for a complex and satisfying taste. Chances are your family has never tried a soup like this.

  • Wild Mushroom Duck Soup is balanced well between the flavor of mushrooms and the tang of red wine. With just eleven ingredients, it’s a simple soup to make.

  • Duck And Tasso Gumbo is a filling soup that is full of both protein and vegetables. It’s the perfect meal choice on a cold day.

Duck Dessert Recipes

Desserts don’t just pair well with duck. Delicious duck meat can be a key ingredient in the desserts themselves. Many of these recipes use duck bacon in fun and creative ways. Here are a few of our favorites:

Duck bacon chocolate truffles
Duck bacon caramel ice cream
  • Duck Bacon Chocolate Truffles are the perfect blend of sweet and savory. This helpful recipe guides you step-by-step in making 48 melt-in-your-mouth truffles.
  • Duck Bacon Caramel Ice Cream was a student finalist in the 2015 Chef Recipe Contest. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen who loves seeing all the components come together, give this one a try.

  • Savory Duck Confit Cannolis are a unique blend of flavors that will be remembered long after the last bite is eaten. It’s the perfect option if you’re tired of the same old desserts.

Common Duck Cooking Questions

You have duck questions. We have duck answers. Here are some of the most common. If your question is not listed here, browse our FAQs page or contact us.

Can You Fry Duck?

Absolutely. Frying duck can give you a crispy, delicious meal. Watch this video to learn the step-by-step process, from preparation to the actual frying.

Can I Freeze Fresh Duck Meat?

Yes. Be sure to freeze before the sell-by date and the products should be good for up to two years.

Are Maple Leaf Farms Duck Products Gluten-Free?

Although a majority of our products do not contain gluten, our processing facility is not certified gluten-free. In addition, some of our appetizer products do contain gluten. If you have questions about a specific product, please call 800-348-2812.

How Do I Defrost Duck?

It is best to defrost your duck in the refrigerator. Frozen breasts can thaw overnight, but whole ducks can take two days or more.

What Breed Of Ducks Do You Sell?

Here at Maple Leaf Farms, we only offer White Pekin Ducks. Why? This particular breed is known for its mild flavor compared to other breeds which can be considerably gamey.

Where You Can Buy Duck

Find A Store

Does your local grocery store carry Maple Leaf Farms duck products? There’s an easy way to find out. Choose the product or products and then enter your location.

Shop Online

If you’d rather have your next meal shipped directly to you, browse our online store. You’ll find a variety of products that will quickly become favorites in your house.