Steamed duck leg with glazed carrots, lemon and turnip

  • medium
  • 2
  • 60 minutes
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Earthy winter flavours are balanced by the acidity of lime and the sweetness of the vegetables in this steamed duck leg recipe. To add another element of complexity to the flavour, Matt Gillan blowtorches the carrots before plating. The duck legs are deboned and vacuum sealed before steaming for a visually pleasing shape.

First published in 2015




Steamed duck leg

Glazed carrots

Baby turnips


Turnip pickle and purée


  • Mandoline
  • Steamer
  • Blender
  • Vac pac maker


Prepare the duck by deboning the leg. Season the flesh side of the meat with sea salt and a sprinkle of thyme leaves
Place one leg on top of the other and vacuum pack tightly. Alternatively, wrap tightly in a generous portion of cling film to seal
Place in a steamer and cook for 40 minutes. Remove from the steamer and allow to cool slightly before gently pan-frying to crisp up the skin and achieve a golden brown colour. Remove and allow to rest for 4 minutes before slicing in half. Set aside to reheat when required
Peel the carrots, place into a saucepan and add just enough orange juice to cover. Place the pan on a medium heat and cook the carrots gently until tender - top up the orange juice as you go to ensure they are completely covered during the cooking process
Allow the orange to reduce during the last 3-5 minutes of cooking time until it has a thick, syrupy consistency. Set aside until required
Peel the baby turnips, leaving the green tops intact. Place into a small pan with the Port, red wine and a pinch of salt. Cook on a high heat for 4-6 minutes until tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool in the liquid
Use a mandolin to thinly slice 1 large turnip into round discs. Place into a bowl with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and leave to marinate for 10 minutes
Cut the remaining turnip into small pieces, heat a saucepan with a little vegetable oil and add the turnip. Sauté for 1 minute then pour in enough water to half submerge the turnips. Cover the pan and cook until soft
Remove the lid and reduce the remaining liquid. Add the double cream and bring to the boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and blend to a purée. Season with salt and return to the pan to reheat when required
Reheat the purée and carrots and place the duck leg on a small tray - with a dash of water - into a preheated oven at 180˚C/gas mark 4 for 6 minutes
For the spinach, place the butter in a large pan. Once it begins to sizzle and foam, add the spinach and cook until it has completely wilted. Season with salt and drain away any excess liquid
Divide the hot spinach between 2 plates and place the duck on top. Scatter the carrot and turnips around with a piece of the marinated turnip and few dollops of the purée. Finish with a drizzle of the juices from the oven tray and serve immediately
First published in 2015

A protégé of Daniel Clifford, Gordon Ramsay and John Campbell, Matt Gillan is well versed in the hallmarks of high-end cuisine, yet he retains a dazzling streak of originality.

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