Wok-Seared Duck Salad

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Wok-Seared Duck Salad
Milisa Armstrong

Wok-Seared Duck Salad

Thai food is really stepping out there for me, especially because I'm sick of my hamburgers-every-night-for-dinner routine. This was the first time I had ever tried duck, and I have to say it was amazing. 

 

Recipe from Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders by Emeril Lagasse.

4
Servings
310
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

For more of Milisa's delicious and family-style recipes, visit her blog Miss in the Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh red Thai bird chile
  • 1 1/2 Pound domestic duck breasts
  • 1/3 Cup minced shallot
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 Cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 Cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 Cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 Cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 medium head red leaf lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Cups bean sprouts
  • 1 Cup julienned red bell pepper

Directions

Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add the rice. Toast the rice, shaking the wok constantly, until all of the grains have turned golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer the rice to a mortar and set aside to cool. Once the rice has cooled, grind it using a pestle until it reaches a sandy consistency. Alternatively, grind the toasted rice in a clean spice grinder. Place the rice in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Place the chile in the wok over medium-high heat and cook, shaking the wok, until lightly colored and fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Remove the chile from the pan and add to the bowl with the rice.

Using a paring knife, score the fatty side of the duck breasts by making shallow cuts in a diamond pattern; this allows the fat to render more easily. Place the duck breasts in the wok, fatty side down, and cook over medium heat until the skin is golden brown and slightly crisp, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the duck breasts to a cutting board, slice them into thin strips, and return the strips to the wok. Add the shallot and ginger and stir-fry over medium-high heat until the duck is just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the duck from the wok to the bowl with the rice and chile and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, lime juice, orange juice, and sugar and mix well. Pour the mixture over the duck and toss until well coated. Add the cilantro, mint, basil, lettuce, bean sprouts, and julienned red pepper and toss to combine. Serve the salad immediately.
 

Duck Shopping Tip

Take a break from the usual chicken dinners and pick up a duck from your local butcher. Though it may not have as much meat as a chicken, the flavor of duck is unique and well worth a try.

Duck Cooking Tip

Like with all poultry, make sure you wash everything the meat touches with hot water and soap!

Duck Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
12%
Sugar
9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
12%
Cholesterol
131mg
44%
Protein
39g
78%
Carbs
20g
7%
Vitamin A
417µg
46%
Vitamin B12
1µg
23%
Vitamin B6
1mg
74%
Vitamin C
87mg
100%
Vitamin E
0.9mg
4.5%
Vitamin K
147µg
100%
Calcium
89mg
9%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
156µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
177µg
44%
Folic acid
13µg
N/A
Iron
11mg
63%
Magnesium
112mg
28%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
8mg
39%
Phosphorus
408mg
58%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
998mg
29%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
43.2%
Sodium
1542mg
64%
Sugars, added
1g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.9mg
59.7%
Zinc
2mg
14%

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