duck necks recipe

Five Spice Braised Duck Necks with Mandarin Orange, Chili & Sesame

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  • 3lb fresh duck necks, rinsed and patted dry Add to Cart »
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • 2oz Vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup five spice powder
  • 1 carrot, peeled, rough chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, rough chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 1 cup cognac or brandy
  • ¼ cup Chinese Black Vinegar, Rice Vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1qts duck stock or chicken stock
  • 2 mandarin oranges, zest removed & quartered (save zest for later)
  • 2 scallions chopped for garnish
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves for garnish
Spice Mix
  • 2tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1tbs Sichuan chili flake or red pepper flakes
  • 1tbs Mandarin orange zest
  • 1tsp five spice powder


Mix together loose ingredients


Evenly coat the duck necks with salt, pepper and five spice powder. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pan to high and sear duck necks on both sides. When golden brown remove and place in a shallow braising pan. To the pot add the vegetables and sauté on medium heat for 5-8 minutes stirring frequently until they start to soften. Next add the cognac and bring to a boil, reduce until almost completely dry then add the sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil then add the duck stock, bring to a boil and pour the entire mixture over the seared duck necks. To this pan add the oranges. Cover pan tightly with foil or a tight fitting lid and place into a 325°F oven. Cook in oven to 2 hours. Uncover and take each neck out and set aside. Strain and discard the solids saving the braising liquid.

To finish

Reduce the braising liquid until reduced by ¾ in a wide pan, add the necks and continue to reduce the liquid until the necks are glazed and sticky. Sprinkle the spice mix over the necks, toss to coat and serve

Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro leaves and serve with steamed rice.

Categories: Appetizer / Servings: Family Meal / Difficulty: Professional

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