Crispy-Skin Steamed Duck

Crispy-Skin Steamed Duck
Cook Time
1h 40 min
8 servings

Try this delicious crispy skinned duck steamed to perfection!



1 4
lb(s) duck
tsp vermouth
tsp brandy
cup coarse salt
cup fine salt
cloves garlic, smashed
Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
tsp coarsely grated pepper
sprigs fresh rosemary
Tbsp maple syrup


Step 1

Rinse duck well and thoroughly dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Rub inside and out with brandy, then salt, distributing evenly.

Step 3

Place in large dish and cover with plastic wrap.

Step 4

Refrigerate for 1 to 3 days, turning daily.

Step 5

Rinse salt off duck under cold running water; dry with paper towels.

Step 6

Pull off excess fat in cavity; cut off tail bone and excess neck skin.

Step 7

Using metal skewer or toothpick, prick skin all over on angle, especially in fatty areas, being careful not to prick underneath meat under fat.

Step 8

In small bowl, combine garlic, chopped rosemary and pepper, mashing slightly with fork.

Step 9

Rub inside duck cavity.

Step 10

Using vegetable peeler, peel off strips of lemon rind; set aside.

Step 11

Place 2 inches (5 cm) water in wok or large pot. Add all but 4 strips of the lemon and
2 of the rosemary sprigs; bring to boil.

Step 12

Place duck, breast side up, in large bamboo steamer; lay remaining lemon rind and rosemary sprigs on top. Place on top of wok.

Step 13

Reserving 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 mL) lemon juice, squeeze remaining juice over duck.

Step 14

Cover and steam over medium-high heat for 70 minutes, adding more boiling water to wok as necessary.

Step 15

Remove duck from steamer; carefully pour out excess liquid from body cavity. (Make-ahead: Cool slightly at room temperature; transfer to glass dish and refrigerate until completely cooled. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)

Step 16

Discard rosemary and lemon rind.

Step 17

In small bowl, mix maple syrup and reserved lemon juice; lightly brush over bottom skin of duck.

Step 18

Place duck, breast side down, on rack in roasting pan.

Step 19

Roast in 425°F (220°C) oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

Step 20

Turn duck over; brush all over with remaining maple syrup mixture.

Step 21

Roast for about 15 minutes or until well browned, watching carefully in final minutes to avoid burning.

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