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Ken Hom's savoury duck with oyster sauce

Ken Hom / 05 February 2019

A stir-fried dish of tender duck breast in oyster sauce from celebrity chef Ken Hom.

Ken Hom's savoury duck with oyster sauce
Ken Hom's savoury duck with oyster sauce

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




For the marinade

  • 2 teaspoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour

For the stir fry

  • 450 g (1 lb) boneless duck breasts, skinned
  • 3 tablespoons groundnut oil
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 225g (8 oz) onion, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Handful of fresh coriander sprigs


Whole duck breasts can now be found at supermarkets which is quite fantastic. They are ideal for fast cooking especially in the wok. Since these duck breasts are tender and do not need much cooking, I think they should ideally be served like a lean piece of beef. Oyster sauce makes this dish not impressive but delicious without much work or fuss.

1. Cut the duck breasts into thick slices 4 cm (1½ in) long x 1 cm (½ in) thick. Put the duck slices into a bowl and add the soy sauce, rice wine or dry sherry, sesame oil, salt, pepper and cornflour. Mix well and let the slices steep in the marinade for about 15 minutes.

2. Heat a wok or large frying-pan over high heat until it is very hot. Add the oil, and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the duck from the marinade and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Remove the duck and drain it in a colander. The duck should be slightly pink. Pour off all but 1½ tablespoons of the oil and re-heat it over high heat, add the garlic and onion and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the onions are brown and soft.

3. Turn the heat to low and add the oyster sauce, rice wine, chilli oil and sugar and stir for 2 minutes. Return the duck to the wok or pan. Stir to mix well, toss in the coriander sprigs and serve at once with plain rice.

Our thanks to Lee Kum Kee and Ken Hom for providing this recipe

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