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Basic Red-Simmered Duck

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 1 Duck; 6 to 7 pounds
  • Water to cover
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Or
  • 3 sl Fresh ginger root
  • 6 tb Soy sauce
  • 4 tb Sherry
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 2 ts Sugar


1. Wipe duck inside and out with a damp cloth. Place breast-side up in a
heavy saucepan, tucking wings under body. Add water to cover and bring to a

2. Meanwhile cut scallions in 3-inch sections and slice ginger root. Then
add both, along with soy sauce, sherry and salt. Simmer, covered, 1 hour.

3. Turn bird over. Add sugar and simmer until done (about 1 hour more).

4. Cut breast meat against the grain in slices 1/2-inch thick. Arrange on
a serving platter, reconstructing the shape of the breast. (Or chop duck,
bones and all, in 2-inch sections.) Serve hot, with or without gravy. The
gravy may be reserved for later use as a master sauce (see recipe). Or
serve cold.

NOTE: The duck is done when the meat is so tender it nearly falls from the


1. In step 1, use 1/3 stock, 2/3 water.

2. In step 2, add 5 dried black mushrooms (soaked) and 1/2 teaspoon
sesame oil.

3. Use 12 to 15 whole scallions (trim root ends, but keep stalks and
green leaves intact). Toss scallions in a mixture of 2 tablespoons soy
sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sugar, then place in duck cavity with the ginger
root. Bring to a boil as in step 1, then cook with seasonings as in steps 2
and 3. Serve bird whole with gravy.

4. For a smaller duck (3 to 4 pounds) use only 1 cup water, 2
tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sherry and 1 teaspoon sugar. Cook 1-1/2
hours, basting and turning for even coloring.

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