Duck Legs in Orange Sauce (Pressure Cooker)

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Here my recipe for duck legs in a flavorful and tangy orange sauce (Duck a l'Orange). To speed up preparation, I cook the duck legs in the pressure cooker. My experience is that pressure-cooking duck legs works very well, they always turn out nice, tender and very moist. The orange sauce gets its flavor from vegetables, orange zest and triple sec or Grand Marnier.

A few years ago, I got inspired by the nice French duck recipes in James Peterson – Glorious French Food: A Fresh Approach to the Classics Glorious French Food: A Fresh Approach to the Classics. Since then I spent some time experimenting and developing my own fast version of duck legs in orange sauce. Here it is, I hope you enjoy it, too.

Ingredients

  • 4 duck legs
  • ½ tbsp oil
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped carrot
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • ¼ cup / 60ml triple sec (or Grand Marnier)
  • ½ cup / 120ml dry white wine
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp sage
  • ½ tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine or sherry vinegar (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

  1. Rinse duck legs, blot dry and season with freshly ground pepper
  2. Photo of Duck Leg PreparationSet pressure cooker over high heat. Add oil and duck legs (skin down first). Cook from all sides until nicely browned (10-15 minutes) Remove duck legs from pan and set aside.

  3. Discard excess duck fat, reduce heat, add shallots, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add triple sec (or Grand Marnier) and white wine, thyme, sage and salt. Add one quarter of the orange zest
  4. Bring liquid back to a boil. Add duck legs, put lid on pressure cooker and cook under high pressure for about 40-45 minutes.
  5. Release pressure, remove legs and keep warm. Add remaining orange zest, and puree the vegetables with a stick blender.
  6. Add vinegar and orange juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Add parsley. Serve.

Notes

  • Serving idea (as in photo): Serve with green asparagus and French fries
  • To a achieve a more crunchy skin (optional): Preheat oven to 220°F / 100°C. After cooking, place duck legs in the oven for at least 20 minutes.

Yields 4 servings

Preparation time ca. 60-80 minutes

Comments

Duck legs in pressure cooker

Thank you for this recipe. It was delicious and very simple to make. Not too rich or fatty as duck can be.

Superb flavour and duck melts off the bone

Thank you - we really enjoyed it, and as we only had 2 legs to cook, we halved the sauce recipe, then turned off the pressure cooker for the last 5mins and let it cook in its steam to preserve the fluid. The best thing is the alcohol, herb and orange flavours are perfectly balanced and not a hint of visible 'floating fat' in the sauce. Clever and delicious. 5 stars :)