Along with deeply delicious Asian flavors, this sous vide duck breast is the perfect combination – juicy and succulent inside with a savory crunch skin outside. The recipe includes honey butter spiralized turnips and a delicious pan-seared purple sesame kale, all served over some extra Asian sauce for dipping.

Asian Spiced Duck Breast

¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 small red chili, sliced very thin
1 star anise
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice
2 duck breasts, skin scored

In a saucepan, combine, soy, hoisin, sugar, vinegar, chili, star anise, garlic, ginger, and Chinese five spice. Simmer until combined; remove and set aside.

Slice hatch marks in the fat on the top of duck breasts without cutting through to the skin. Over medium high, sear the fat until browned and mostly rendered out. Add to a sous vide bag with the sauce and seal. Following the directions that came with your immersion circulator, cook the duck breast at 135˚ for 2 hours.

When the cooking is complete, remove duck breasts from their bag and reserve the liquid. Over high heat in a sauté pan, brown the fat again until crisp for 2-3 minutes. Cover and keep warm.  Meanwhile, strain reserved bag liquid into a sauce pan and simmer to reduce and thicken. Brush the reduction over the duck fat, slice, and serve with the extra sauce.


Sesame Kale
12 ounces of kale
1 tablespoon grape seed or canola oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Wash the kale thoroughly to remove all grit. Discard the tough ribs, and coarsely chop the kale leaves.

In a large heavy sauté, heat the grape seed or canola oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic, cooking for about 1 minute to release the aromas. Add the kale and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until the leaves have softened a bit but the kale retains its shape. Sprinkle with the sesame oil salt, sauté for another minute then top with toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot with the duck.


Spiralized Turnips
1 pound spiralized turnips
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. In a saucepan, melt the honey and butter whisking together. Add the turnips to a large bowl and drizzle over the honey butter; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and pour out onto the parchment lined sheet and roast for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and tender. Serve hot with the duck.