Duck Tataki – Seared duck with Sweet soy sauce 鴨のたたき

Duck Tataki 012Here is Duck ‘Tataki’ recipe again.  It is easy and tasty and useful for ‘Bento’ lunch box next day!

Duck Tataki - Seared duck with Sweet soy sauce 鴨のたたき
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
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Tasty cold dish
  • Duck breast x 2,
  • lemon ½
  • ice cubes (optional)
  • For sweet soy sauce:
  • soy sauce 4 tbsp
  • Sake 2 tbsp
  • sugar 2 tsp
  • spring onion 2
  1. Rub lemon on the duck breasts then put skin side down in a frying pan without any oil.
  2. Cook them with low heat without a lid on for about 5 minutes until duck oil from the skin comes out in the pan.
  3. While cooking the meat, prepare a small saucepan with the above ingredients to boil it up, and then turn it off.
  4. Slice the spring onions finely in sharp diagonal way then soak them in icy cold water for a few minutes while you are cooking.
  5. Take the meat out of the pan then dip it in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes. Rinsing them in icy cold water stops cooking the meat with the remaining heat and also gets rid of the fat and keeps the meat firm.
  6. In the meantime, wash the pan to get rid of the duck fat then wipe the pan dry.
  7. Take the meat out of the cold water and wipe them with kitchen paper.
  8. Place the other side of the meat on the pan this time for about 3 to 5 minutes with the lid on to steam cook it. If you like it rare, you can cook it without the lid.
  9. Take them out to dip in fresh cold water again. If the duck breasts are thick, please repeat the above method 2~3 times until they are cooked in the way you want. You can feel how much the meat is cooked inside when you dip them in cold water. If it’s too soft, it is very rare inside.
  10. When they are ready, slice them thinly from the crispy skin side with a sharp knife. You can marinade the sliced duck in a shallow dish for about 1 hour with the Sweet soy sauce which you’ve prepared beforehand; the meat will be cured and tastier with the sauce. Garnish with sliced spring onion before serving. It is also nice to eat with just a light soy sauce with Wasabi horse radish or grated ginger!

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