Magret of Duck With Ginger and Green Onions

“Magret is the boneless breast meat of a domestic duck and are meaty and plumper than the breast you'll find on an ordinary roasting duck and can be found in gourmet shops...that being said, you can still use a regular duck breast for this recipe.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, including green parts, cut in pieces
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil or 1 pinch ground red pepper
  • 1 large duck breast, about 3/4 lb., boneless, cut in half and skin left on (magret)


  1. Heat the oven to 350°.
  2. For the glaze, combine the ginger and green onions in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped; add the hoisin sauce, mirin, soy sauce and chili oil; process until pureed; adjust seasoning with soy sauce and chili oil, if desired.
  3. Crosshatch the skin of the duck breast with the point of a knife, cutting very close to the meat but DON'T cut into the meat or you'll lose precious juices in the cooking process!
  4. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat; fry the duck breast until the skin is thoroughly brown and crisp, about 5 minutes; turn, brown the other side for about 3 minutes; pour off excess fat.
  5. Transfer the duck to a shallow baking dish; pour the glaze over to coat the meat, roast until it feels resilient to the touch, for medium, about 12 minutes (I don't like red in my duck so I roast 2 minutes longer); transfer the duck to a shopping board and let it rest 5 minutes.
  6. Carve on the diagonal; transfer to a platter or plates and spoon the pan juices over.

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