Duck Confit Recipe – French Special

This Duck Confit is an amazing French recipe. Duck legs are slow cooked in their own fat, then at the end they are roasted to crispy perfection. This one takes some time, but is well worth it!.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time2 hr 30 min
  • Total Time2 hr 45 min

Duck confit Ingredients:

  • 6 cumin seeds
  • 12 coriander seeds
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 50g flaky sea salt
  • 6 duck leg and thigh joints
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 1 rosemary branch
  • 1 garlic clove
  • about 500g goose or duck fat, or enough to totally submerge the duck legs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

How To Make Duck confit


The day before cooking, put the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan and toast until they are slightly coloured and aromatic. Remove to a board and crush them with the blade of a knife. Crush the juniper berries and mix with the spices and the salt. Rub the mixture over the duck, scatter with thyme, rosemary and sliced garlic and chill for 24 hrs, turning two or three times as they marinate.


Next day, heat oven to 150C/130C fan/ gas 2. Wipe the duck with kitchen paper and pat dry, but don’t wash off the marinade. (The salt extracts the water from the meat cells, which will be reinflated with fat as the duck cooks gently. If you wash it, you will simply reinflate the cells with water.)


Put the duck in a cast-iron casserole and cover with the goose fat or duck fat. Add the bay leaves and peppercorns and cook for about 2½ hrs, or until the meat is almost falling away from the bone. You can store the duck very simply by placing it in a pudding bowl, covering it with the fat and keeping it in the fridge: as long as it stays covered with fat it will last for weeks.


To cook, remove the confit duck legs from their fat. Put an ovenproof frying pan on the stove until it is hot. Add the duck legs, skin-side down, and cook for 4 mins. Turn the legs and transfer the pan to the oven for 30 mins, until crisp.