Irresistible Crispy Duck Pancakes


Indulge in the luxurious flavors of Irresistible Crispy Duck Pancakes, a beloved dish that combines the rich, savory taste of crispy duck with the fresh crunch of cucumber and spring onions, all wrapped in delicate pancakes. Perfect for special occasions or a gourmet treat at home, these duck pancakes are sure to impress with their blend of textures and flavors.

Irresistible Crispy Duck Pancakes

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes per person

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sodium: 800 mg


  • 1 whole duck (about 4-5 lbs or 1.8-2.3 kg)
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cucumber, cut into thin strips
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced into thin strips
  • 12 Chinese pancakes (store-bought or homemade)
  • Hoisin sauce, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Duck: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Pat the duck dry with paper towels. Mix the five-spice powder, salt, and pepper, and rub it all over the duck, including the cavity.
  2. Roast the Duck: Place the duck on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the meat is tender. Baste occasionally with the juices.
  3. Prepare the Glaze: In the last 10 minutes of roasting, mix the honey and soy sauce. Brush this mixture over the duck to give it a glossy finish.
  4. Shred the Duck: Remove the duck from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Shred the meat using two forks, discarding the bones.
  5. Prepare the Pancakes: Steam the Chinese pancakes according to the package instructions or make them from scratch.
  6. Assemble the Pancakes: To assemble, spread a thin layer of hoisin sauce on a pancake. Add a few strips of cucumber and spring onion, then top with shredded duck. Fold the pancake over the filling and serve immediately.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Extra Crispy Skin: For extra crispy skin, dry the duck in the fridge uncovered overnight before roasting.
  • Even Shredding: Use a sharp knife to score the skin lightly before roasting to make shredding easier.
  • Homemade Pancakes: If you have time, make the pancakes from scratch for a more authentic experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use duck breast instead of a whole duck?

  • Yes, duck breast can be used for a quicker version, though the flavor and texture will be slightly different.

What can I use instead of hoisin sauce?

  • Plum sauce or a mixture of soy sauce and honey can be used as a substitute.

How do I store leftovers?

  • Store leftover duck in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven to maintain crispiness.

Elevate your dining experience with these Irresistible Crispy Duck Pancakes. Perfect for entertaining or treating yourself to a gourmet meal at home, each bite offers a harmonious blend of rich duck, fresh vegetables, and savory hoisin sauce. This dish is sure to become a favorite, bringing joy and satisfaction to your table with every delicious bite.