How to Cook Duck With Apple Sauce

by Stefanie Liew

This recipe only requires 4 key ingredients and it's really easy to make at home for any occasion.


  • 3 Duck legs / breasts
  • 2 Large apples (cut into thin wedges)
  • 4 Tablespoons Caster sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 Bunches Fresh thyme (garnishing)
  • Salt and pepper to marinate
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • 5 Tablespoons Water (for apple sauce)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Prepare ingredients

    Step 2

    Using a sharp knife, score the skin of each duck leg / breast in a diamond pattern or diagonally. Marinate them with salt and black pepper. Set aside until you're done cooking the apple sauce.

    Step 3

    Cook the apple in a cleaned pan, stirring for approx 5 minutes.

    Step 4

    Add sugar & juice; cook until wedged apple is fully wilted and turned into brown colour. (Note: you may need to adjust the flavour with sugar, water and lemon to your liking)

    Step 5

    Once done, the sauce should look like apple jam (see picture). Set aside

    Step 6

    Heat a pan or a griller with canola oil. Place duck, skin side down first, cook for 10mins or until skin is golden and crisp. Turn duck over; cook for another 3-5 mins. Then remove from pan.

    Step 7

    Serve the duck with a dollop of mashed cauliflower, a side dish such as pear salsa (see my previous guide), and the apple sauce with 2 sprigs of fresh thyme for that extra contrasting flavour. Enjoy.