Spicy salt duck
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Serves 8 to 10 as a starter
Cooks In45 minutes
Nutrition per serving
Calories 473 24%
Fat 36.2g 52%
Saturates 6.6g 33%
Sugars 1.2g 1%
Protein 31.9g 64%
Carbs 3.9g 2%
Of an adult's reference intake
- 2 x 200 g duck breasts, skin on, trimmed of excess fat
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds
- ½ teaspoon sichuan seasoning, plus extra to serve (see tip)
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large red chilli
- 2-3 spring onions
- 2 lemons
- 700 ml vegetable oil , for deep-frying
By Kylie Kwong
- Arrange the duck breasts, skin-side up, on a heatproof plate that will fit inside a steamer basket. Place inside the steamer and position over a deep saucepan or wok of boiling water and steam, covered, for 12 minutes or until the duck is half cooked.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, chilli powder, cumin, fennel, sichuan seasoning (see tip), ginger and 3 teaspoons of sea salt.
- Remove the plate from the steamer, transfer the duck breasts to a wire rack and set aside for 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely slice the chilli on the diagonal, then trim and julienne the spring onions. Halve the lemons.
- Toss the duck in the spicy flour mixture to coat well, shaking off any excess. In a wok, heat the oil until it shimmers slightly. Deep-fry the duck for about 2 minutes, or until just cooked through and lightly browned. Drain well on kitchen paper.
- Cut the duck on the diagonal into 1cm slices and arrange on a serving platter with a small bowl of sichuan seasoning.
- Garnish with the sliced chilli and spring onions, then serve immediately with the lemon halves for squeezing over the meat.
Sichuan pepper with salt is a seasoning that crops up in many Chinese recipes. You can buy sichuan (or szechuan) pepper in Asian supermarkets, Waitrose and Ocado. To make sichuan pepper and salt seasoning, dry-roast 1 tablespoon of sichuan pepper and 3 tablespoons of sea salt in a heavy-based pan. When the peppercorns start to pop and become aromatic, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, grind to a powder in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder. Store in an airtight container. Makes 4 tablespoons.