Crispy, Lacquered, Tender, Smoky Duck Recipes (PHOTOS)

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The argument could be made that duck is the best poultry of all the poultries. The duck is in possession of the most fat, the most forgiving meat and possibly the most flavor per square inch of any other fowl. It's also one of the only birds we've all agreed we feel safe eating at medium-rare.

For some insane reason, despite all of those things being true, a lot of home cooks are still reticent to try duck recipes. Like in most cases, when we push into the wild unknown, there are great things to be had.

The thing that is best about duck is also the thing makes people get all weird about it: all that glorious fat. There are whole recipes just devoted to duck fat. The real trick is just to make sure you render the fat, which is accomplished just by cooking the duck slowly enough that the fat can melt into the meat and let the skin crisp up. When you get ready to cook a duck, you have a few options. Check out the best duck recipes the internet has to offer. And let us know your favorite way to cook duck in the comments.

Easy Duck Confit
Simply Recipes
Get the Easy Duck Confit recipe from Simply Recipes
Roasted Duck With Chinese Steamed Buns
Steamy Kitchen
Creamy Peppercorn Duck Rillette
Mandy @ Lady and pups/Food52
Roasted Duck Breasts With Apple, Maple Syrup And Apple Vinaigrette
Slow Roast Duck
Sarah Shatz/Food52
Get the Slow Roast Duck recipe from Food52
Duck Burgers
Mimi Thorisson/Food52
Get the Duck Burgers recipe from Manger
Shaved Asparagus, Blackberry And Seared Duck Breast Salad
Slim Palate
Crispy Duck & Pineapple Salad
Steven Joyce
Tea-Smoked Duck Fettuccine
Maple Lacquered Duck Breast
James Ransom/Food52
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Savory Blackberry Sauce
A Spicy Perspective
Honey Roasted Duck With Saffron Almond Rice
Adam Macchia
Tea Smoked Whole Duck With Plum Wine Sauce
Adam Cohen
Duck Confit Tacos
Quentin Bacon
Confit De Canard
Mimi Thorisson/Manger
Get the Confit de Canard recipe from Manger

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Duck Fries

Duck Fat Recipes