Five-Spice Maple-Glazed Duck Breasts

Duck / Recipes with Maple Syrup / Recipes with Maple Vinegar

Preparation Time:
Cooking Time:
Cooling Time:
2 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 7 tbsp maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavour)
  • 7 tbsp soy sauce
  • 7 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/8 in piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp maple vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 tsp five spice powder


  1. Trim the duck breasts and make cross-cuts in the skin.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl. Add the breasts and marinate overnight.
  3. After 8 – 12 hours in the fridge, remove breasts from the marinade. Reserve the marinade.
  4. Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F).
  5. Place duck breasts skin side down in a skillet. Turn heat on low to allow the fat to melt and the skin to crisp, 8 – 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, reduce the marinade by half in a saucepan.
  7. Turn the breasts flesh side down for 2 minutes, then finish cooking them in the oven for about 5 minutes. During cooking, glaze with the marinade. Reduce the marinade by another one-third. If you find the reduction too salty, add a little water.
  8. After removing from oven, let the breasts rest for 5 minutes, then slice finely.
  9.   Serve with a spoonful of marinade.

Refregeration time: 8 – 12 hours

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

Recipes by Yves Lévesque


Duck Recipes

Recipes with Maple Syrup

Recipes with Maple Vinegar

More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.