How To Cook Duck With Illustrations

By ckoetke, Feb 17, 2010 | |
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    /imgs/articles/duck_imgs/cooking.gifServing medium rare to medium slices of duck breast has been the rage in restaurants from coast to coast for years. But how many times is this same duck served with a thick layer of tough fat crowning each slice? I imagine the response might be "very often" . Maybe you thought that duck (or rather the skin) was naturally chewy and best trimmed from each slice prior to consumption.

    About 10 years ago, I met Burt Culver, CEO of Culver Duck Farms. Burt has always had a mission to teach chefs how to cook duck breasts so that the meat remains medium rare to medium while still developing a beautifully crispy, and non-chewy skin. The whole secret is to cook the breast slowly on its skin so that the fat has a chance to render, or melt out of the skin. Once the skin has lost much of its fat, it will not only shrink in size, but will then become crispy. Patience is indeed a virtue.

    Medium / High
    Salt and pepper skin

    Skin side down
    -approximately 12 - 14 minutes
    Drain off excess fat as desired, until skin is crisp and rendering stops.

    Option A or B:

    A. Grill
    Grill 1 Minute Skin Side
    Grill 1 Minute Meat Side
    (or as desired)

    B. Pan
    Cook Meat Side Down
    - 45 Seconds for Medium
    - 60 Seconds for Well Done

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