Sous vide 'crispy' duck legs

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This recipe was an experiment to try and replicate the typical Chinese crispy duck takeaway meal ands I have to say it was an astounding success! The result was tender and succulent with lovely flavours and not at all greasy. The duck meat was almost like liver!

Sous vide 'crispy' duck legs
Servings:Serves 2
Calories per serving:208
Ready in:20 hours
Prep. time:10 hours
Cook time:10 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:18th November 2022

Best recipe review

Very nice


Sometimes duck legs can be tough, this was perfect, and nice flavours too.

The Judge


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe


  1. Grind all of the spices apart from the star anise to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle
  2. Coat the duck legs with the spice powder
  3. Pop the duck legs, sliced ginger and dark soy sauce in to a Lock and Lock box, cover and shake well
  4. Refrigerate the spicy legs for 10 hours or until you're ready to cook them
  5. After 10 hours, drain any excess liquid and seal the duck legs in a vacuum seal bag
  6. Cook in a sous-vide bath for 10 hours at 82°C (179.6°F)
  7. After cooking, discard the star anise, pat the legs dry and crisp the skin with a Map Gas blow torch
  8. The Map Gas torches do not taint the food, which some blowtorches do
  9. Serve!

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