Tea smoked duck with a spiced plum sauce

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Tea Smoked Duck with Spiced Plum Sauce Canapes It’s the party season and if you are doing a party at home, kick off the party with a delicious zing with some tasty anapés. Here, I have made a very simple Tea Smoked Duck with a Spiced Plum Sauce canapé served on some Chinese soup spoons.

Smoking food at home is not as hard as you might think. I did a smoked fish recipe a while back and it took about 15 minutes. All you need is a steel wok, some fragrant tea leaves, some spices and a good lid. Don’t be afraid of cooking with duck.

This tea smoked duck recipe is for a simple but impressive canapé, just in time for your Christmas party. I used duck legs as I prefer the flavour but you can use duck breasts instead.

To serve, I used slices of duck but you can shred the duck meat instead. It’s all a matter of presentation. If you use duck breasts, you can take the skin off after smoking, cut into strips and deep fry. This will produce some very crispy duck crackling which you can use to sprinkle on top of your canapés.

The final result is a mouthful of smoky duck with a tangy spicy plum sauce and a hint of freshness with the slice of plum of top. If you don’t want to make canapés, you can assemble the ingredients into a salad instead. A very versatile recipe.


Tea smoked duck with a spiced plum sauce and crispy duck crackling


  • 2 duck legs or breasts if you prefer
  • Soya sauce
  • five spice powder
  • Lurpak cooking liquid
  • Long red chillies sliced thinly }
  • Spring Onions julienned }For Garnish
  • 2 plums thin slices }

For smoking

  • some rice
  • tea leaves
  • sugar
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 stick cinammon

For the plum sauce

  • 450 g Victoria plums stoned and quartered
  • 150 g dark brown or muscovado sugar
  • 30 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 5 cm ginger grated
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 red chillies optional


  • Marinate the duck with the soya sauce and five spice powder for at least 30 minutes
  • Make the plum sauce by simmering all the ingredients for about 15- 20 minutes until the plums are soft.
  • Leave to cool, remove the star anise and blitz using a hand blender or putting it into a blender.
  • Meanwhile, line a wok with foil.
  • Add the ingredients for smoking, the rice, tea leaves and sugar.
  • Heat the wok on a high heat until the ingredients start to smoke. Then turn it down to a medium heat.
  • Place a metal rack on top of the smoking ingredients and place the duck,skin side up.
  • Cover tightly and don't let the smoke seep out or everything will smell.
  • Leave it on a medium heat.
  • Smoke for about 15 minutes. (don't open the lid).
  • Remove from the rack.
  • Heat a wok or big pan and pan fry the duck skin side down in some Lurpak Cooking Liquid, about 10 mins or depending how well you want the meat to be done.
  • The remaining fat on the duck skin will render and make the skin crispy.
  • To serve,shred the duck and arrange on individual canape or Chinese soup spoons.
  • Drizzle with some of the spiced plum sauce and decorate with a slice of plum, slivers of chilli, some spring onions and coriander leaves.
  • Serve.

This recipe used the Lurpak Cooking Liquid and was developed for Lurpak Cooks Range.

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