Curried Duck Legs

    45 minutes

    An excellent duck curry - a spicy Thai coconut curry sauce goes well with the duck legs. Serve with noodles as in this recipe or with rice.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 duck legs
    • 1 small onion, minced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 bird's eye chillies, seeded and minced
    • 1 (2cm) piece fresh ginger root, minced
    • 800ml coconut milk (about 3 small tins)
    • 3 tablespoons green curry paste
    • 2 kaffir lime leaves
    • 2 spring onions, minced
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 375g thin rice noodles
    • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves, coarsely chopped

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large frypan over a medium heat and place the duck legs fat-side down, searing them on both sides until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Remove legs from the pan and keep about 3 tablespoons of the fat.
    2. Place onions in the frypan with reserved duck fat and cook over medium heat until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chillies and ginger; cook for about 3 minutes.
    3. Skim the coconut cream from 1 tin of coconut milk and stir the cream into the onion mixture. Stir in the curry paste, and cook until fragrant, about 1 or 2 minutes.
    4. Stir into the frypan the additional 2 tins of coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, spring onions and fish sauce. Return the duck legs to the frypan. Simmer on low heat until just done, about 15 minutes. (If the curry sauce needs further reducing, keep the duck legs warm in a low oven and continue to cook the sauce over medium heat.)
    5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil, and cook the noodles according to packet directions. When done, drain, and run cold water over noodles. Set aside.
    6. Toss the noodles in the curry, and serve with chopped coriander.

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    needs veggies. flavor was good but meal was a bit boring... will add next time  -  29 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    We loved this! I used leftover duck so it was already cooked. I substituted lime juice for the kaffir lime" and did not add hot peppers. Also I used curry powder. I also added a bunch of veggies. This is a GREAT flavor for duck! The second time I made it I did it in a crock pot and I think it came out even better!  -  06 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was absolutely delicious! It's definitely a keeper. I'm afraid I couldn't find the kaffir lime leaves and I had to use green curry sauce instead of yellow. We also added some vegetables we had on hand, because it seemed like it would be lacking without. We added carrots, canned bamboo shoots, and some napa cabbage.  -  27 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)