10 Delectable Duck Egg Recipes

Duck eggs, a favored delicacy in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines are quickly gaining popularity in the United States. If you’ve never tried them, duck eggs are richer, contain larger yolks, and (due to their thicker shell) stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.

Not only are duck eggs considerably larger than chicken eggs, but they also have a richer, more intense flavor, higher amounts of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, essential minerals, and protein per serving.

Whether you raise your own ducks or have picked up some eggs from your local farmer, check out some of our favorite duck egg recipes below.

Duck Egg Cheese Verde Omelet

What’s a list of egg recipes without an omelet? You’ll be surprised to see how fluffy your omelet turns out with duck eggs rather than chicken eggs.

Ingredients

  • 3 duck eggs 
  • 1 small clove of garlic minced
  • 1 c. of chopped vegetables (celery, sweet bell peppers, zucchini)
  • ½ small onion minced
  • ½ c. of shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add olive oil to a hot skillet. 
  2. Sauté minced onion, garlic, and chopped vegetables until tender.
  3. When veggies are tender, stir in duck eggs, and reduce the temperature to medium-low.
  4. When egg and veggies cook and congeal, use a spatula to flip the omelet, folding into a half-moon shape.
  5. Transfer to a warm plate, cover with shredded cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

Duck Egg Royale (Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict)

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A flavor-packed variation on eggs benedict, Duck Egg Royale replaces chicken eggs with duck eggs and the bacon with smoked salmon.

Ingredients

Smoked Salmon Topper

  • 4-6 slices of smoked salmon
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper  

Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce

  • 4 duck egg yolks
  • 1 small clove of garlic minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 white peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 coriander seeds
  • 1 sprig of fresh tarragon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ⅓ c. water

Directions

  1. Prepare a reduction for the hollandaise sauce by placing all the hollandaise ingredients (except butter and two of the duck egg yolks) in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan.
  2. Bring to a slow boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve and set strained liquid aside, discarding the remaining ingredients.
  5. Place the two duck egg yolks for the sauce in a double-boiler or a heat-safe bowl set over a pan of slow-simmering water.
  6. Whisk vigorously until duck yolks are fluffy and soft. Continue to whisk the mixture while slowly adding the melted butter to the mixture.
  7. Once the mixture thickens, slowly add a bit of the reserved reduction to taste.
  8. Remove the sauce from the heat, cover with foil or a lid, and set aside in a warm spot.
  9. Poach duck eggs in boiling water with a dash of salt and a splash of white wine vinegar.
  10. Carefully remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon when cooked to desired firmness.
  11. Place your smoked salmon mixture on top of your poached eggs, and pour the hollandaise sauce over the entire dish.

Duck Egg Dream Cake With Wild Huckleberry Glaze

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In the mountains of Montana, we are blessed with an abundance of wild huckleberries. If wild huckleberries are not available, fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries may be substituted.

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Duck eggs give body and lift to this tangy, citrus enhanced, easy-to-make cake that serves as the perfect base for a tart, semi-sweet sauce topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

Duck Egg Dream Cake

  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter for greasing the loaf pan
  • 1 c. cake flour
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • 4 duck eggs
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp. melted unsalted butter 
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest

Wild Huckleberry Glaze

  • 3 c. fresh or frozen wild huckleberries 
  • ½ c. organic honey
  • ⅓ c. water
  • Juice of half of a fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan generously with butter.
  3. Dust the pan with flour to prevent sticking.
  4. Sift together cake flour, almond flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together duck eggs, sugar, melted butter, lemon zest, and cardamom.
  6. Fold the dry mixture into the egg mixture.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. While the cake is baking, prepare your huckleberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a heavy-bottom saucepan.
  9. Stir the mixtures until smooth and bring to a slow boil, stirring consistently.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  11. When the cake is done baking, toothpick test the center of the cake.
  12. If the toothpick doesn’t come out clean, return the cake to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.
  13. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan on a baking rack for 10 minutes. 
  14. Turn the pan upside down on the baking rake to remove and continue cooling.
  15. Serve duck egg dream cake warm or at room temperature, and drizzle the huckleberry sauce over individual cake slices.

Duck egg dream cake is delicious served warm with butter, topped with wild berry sauce, or garnished with the dessert topping of your choice.

Creamy Duck Egg Flan

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Duck egg flan can be made up to two days before serving. Garnish your flan with whipped cream and fresh berries for an elaborate but easy dessert. 

Ingredients

  • 4 duck eggs
  • 2 duck egg yolks
  • 1 ¼ c. granulated sugar (divided)
  • 2 c. whipping cream 
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise*
  • Pinch of salt

*If unavailable, substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a heavy saucepan combine whipping cream, condensed milk, salt, and vanilla bean. 
  3. Bring mixture to a slow boil over low to medium heat, stirring constantly. 
  4. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  5. While the milk mixture is steeping, in a separate saucepan combine 1/3 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. 
  6. Heat this mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. 
  7. Continue to simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens and darkens to a deep amber color.
  8. Pour caramelized sugar mixture into preheated oven-proof glass custard cups or ramekins.
  9. Using oven mitts, swirl the mixture around the sides of each custard cup or ramekin. 
  10. Set custard cups into an 18-by-9-by-2 baking pan.
  11. Gently blend duck eggs and duck egg yolks into milk mixture.
  12. Pour mixture into custard cups, dividing evenly.
  13. Pour enough boiling water into the baking pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups.
  14. Bake until flan centers are set and firm, about 40 minutes.
  15. Transfer flan cups to a baking rack to cool. Cover and chill overnight. 
  16. At serving time, run a sharp knife around the edge of the flan to loosen. Shake gently to release.
  17. Invert over a serving plate, allowing syrup to run over the flan.
  18. Repeat with remaining flans and serve. 

Delicious Sous Vide Duck Eggs

poached duck egg and asparagus
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Freshly squeezed blood orange mimosas are the perfect complement to Sous Vide Duck Eggs. It will be a big hit for Sunday brunch.

Baked Duck Eggs With Quinoa

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Dairy-free and gluten-free duck eggs with quinoa are a quick and easy breakfast, brunch, or luncheon treat. Serve with a side salad of wild greens, pear slices, and pecans drizzled with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of white rice wine vinegar. Enjoy a protein-rich, nutritious meal that is sure to please the entire family.

Duck Egg And Asparagus Salad With Bacon

duck egg and asparagus salad with bacon
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I added an asparagus bed to my garden six years ago and this past season’s crop was especially bountiful. When I discovered this tasty salad, it quickly became a family favorite not only because it tastes great, but because all the ingredients, (including the duck eggs) were produced on the family Montana homestead.

Fresh Fettuccine With Ricotta, Spring Onions, And Fried Duck Egg

fried duck egg
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A quick and easy to make pasta lover’s delight, this flavorful combination of ricotta and spring onions topped with a fried duck egg is sure to please even the most jaded palette. When frying duck eggs, keep in mind they are larger and denser than a chicken egg, so they require a bit more cooking time.

Bacon And Duck Egg Quiche

bacon and duck egg quiche
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And what’s a list of egg recipes without a quiche? Not a fan of bacon? Sub in some garden-fresh green peppers or mushrooms.

Tips For Cooking With Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are used the same way you would use chicken eggs. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • The yolk of duck eggs is a deep, reddish-orange, making them look more attractive and appetizing on the plate.
  • Due to their higher protein content and lower water volume, duck eggs cook up faster than chicken eggs.
  • When substituting duck eggs for chicken eggs in your favorite recipe, use two duck eggs to replace three chicken eggs.
  • It is best to avoid washing duck eggs as washing and excessive handling damages the natural anti-bacterial coating on duck egg shells.
  • Duck egg shells are more porous than chicken eggs, making them an excellent choice for curing, pickling, brining, or preserving.

Why Are Duck Eggs So Expensive?

Since ducks eat more food than chickens, they are more expensive to raise and result in a higher production cost per egg. Duck eggs are also larger than chicken eggs so of course, the cost is going to be a bit higher.

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While duck eggs cost more than chicken eggs, they are not prohibitively expensive. Duck eggs typically cost from $2 to $10 a dozen.

Duck Eggs Are Best For Baking

Because nutrient-rich duck eggs have more protein than chicken eggs, they whip up thicker and fluffier. Duck eggs are excellent for baking. Cookies, cakes, custards, and other pastries turn out lighter and fluffier when they’re made with duck eggs compared to chicken eggs.

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Written by Marlene Affeld

“A passionate writer for more than 30 years, Marlene Affeld writes of her love of nature and all things natural. Specializing in Eco-Travel, Science, Environmental Health, Conservation, The Beauty of Nature, Sustainability, Green Issues, and Wildlife, Affeld’s passion for the environment inspires her to write informative articles to assist others in living a green lifestyle.”

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