Chinese-Style Grilled Duck Breast?>

Chinese-Style Grilled Duck Breast

by Berkeley Wellness  

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)


  1. 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.
  2. Spray a grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the grill to medium. Lift the duck from the marinade, reserving any marinade.
  3. 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.
  4. When cool enough to handle, but still warm, thinly slice the duck across the grain.
Makes 4 servings.

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.