Five-spice powder is a blend of spices—usually cinnamon, ground cloves, fennel seed, star anise or anise seed, and Szechuan peppercorns— mainly used in Chinese cooking. Combined with brown sugar and used as a rub, it lends a wonderful sweet and spicy flavor to grilled duck.
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
- 1½ teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 4 skinless, boneless duck breast halves (5 ounces each)
- In a shallow pan or pie plate, combine the soy sauce, five-spice powder, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Add the duck breasts and turn them to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray a grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the grill to medium. Lift the duck from the marinade, reserving any marinade.
- Place the duck on the grill and brush with the marinade. Grill the duck 4 inches from the heat,turning over once, for 6 to 7 minutes for medium-rare, or 8 to 10 minutes for medium.
- When cool enough to handle, but still warm, thinly slice the duck across the grain.
Nutrition per serving: 170 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 150mg cholesterol, 0g dietary fiber, 3g carbohydrate, 30g protein, 380mg sodium.
A good source of: niacin, riboflavin, selenium.
Also see Duck Cooking Tips and Recipe Ideas.