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Confit Duck

Confit duck is one of our favourite ways to eat duck in a restaurant. Tender duck legs slowly cooked in their own fat makes them utterly delicious. They are also super simple to make at home. The preparation and cook time is also very simple if a little lengthy.

Confit Duck is a two step recipe. The first step is to marinade the duck legs in salt which draws out moisture from the legs. Aromatic herbs such as thyme, bay leaves and black pepper add flavour to the duck. This typically is done overnight. The second step is cooking the duck legs in duck fat. This is done at a very low heat so that the legs slowly cook. Over time they become golden and crispy as well as so soft that they just pull off the bone.

Confit duck is great eaten on its own or made as a confit duck ragout (recipe coming soon). When we made this confit duck we also added the duck wings and used the extra meat to make the ragout.

Confit Duck Legs
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Tender fall of the bone duck confit
Cuisine: French
  • 2 (or more) duck legs
For the Marinade
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 5-6 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 bay leafs
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper corns
To cook the legs
  • 200g Duck or goose fat
Marinade the duck confit legs
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients into a bowl
  2. Rub over the duck legs
  3. Lay the duck legs skin side down on top of the marinade
  4. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours
To cook the duck confit legs
  1. Place the duck legs (skin covered side down) into a saucepan and add over the duck fat
  2. The duck fat should cover around half of the legs (they will release more as they cook)
  3. Turn on the heat to the lowest possible and leave to gently simmer for around 4 hours (turning occasionally)

And here is the duck ragout with pasta.

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