Five-Spice Duck Breasts

Inspired by the flavors of Peking duck, here marinated duck breasts get lacquered with a soy-honey glaze before slicing.

Five-Spice Duck Breasts
Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce plus 1 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine

  • ¾ teaspoon five-spice powder

  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 ½ pounds boneless duck breasts

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons hoisin sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons plum sauce


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce, rice wine, five-spice powder and ginger in a small bowl. Pat duck dry and trim the skin from the sides, leaving skin (and fat) just on top. Place the duck in a shallow glass baking dish and baste with the sauce mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine the remaining 1 teaspoon soy sauce and honey in a small bowl and place next to the stove.

  3. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, score the duck skin in a crosshatch pattern. Sprinkle both sides of the duck with salt. Place, skin-side down, in a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cook, undisturbed, until some of the fat is rendered and the skin is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer the duck to a clean plate and carefully pour out the fat from the pan. Return the duck to the pan, skin-side up, and brush with the honey mixture. Transfer the pan to the oven.

  4. Roast the duck until an instant-read thermometer registers 150°F, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Combine hoisin and plum sauces; brush over the duck and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

To make ahead

Marinate duck (Step 1) overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
15g Fat
4g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3 oz.
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 193mg 64%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Potassium 11mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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