A deliciously more-ish, five-spice infused marinade rubbed into the duck breast creates the perfect harmony with the freshness of the cucumber, spring onions and chopped baby gem salad. We've tried lots of different recipes for our Hoi Sin, finally settling on one that offers a lovely sticky sweetness with a little zing to freshen it up. Perfect for a warm night. 

Cook our delicious Chinese Spiced Duck Salad in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Chinese Spiced Duck Salad. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Chinese Marinade pot, a Szechuan Five Spice pot and a Hoi Sin Sauce pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Chinese Spiced Duck Salad in just 20 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Chinese Marinade
  • Szechuan Five Spice
  • Hoi Sin Sauce

Your shopping list:

Duck Breasts
baby gem lettuce
spring onions
a cucumber
pomegranate seeds

Our 20 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Marinate the duck

    Pre-heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

    Mix the CHINESE MARINADE and the SZECHUAN FIVE SPICE in a bowl.

    Pat each duck breast dry with a paper towel and make 5-6 diagonal slashes in the skin, going just through to the flesh. Season them and place them flesh side down in the bowl of marinade and rub the mixture into the flesh side.

  • 2.

    Pan-fry the duck

    Place the duck breasts skin side down in a cold, oven-proof frying pan, without oil. Then turn the heat on low and let them cook for 8 mins, or until the fat has melted out and the skin is golden brown.  Pour off the fat regularly into a heat-proof container.

    Next, turn the duck breasts over to cook the flesh side for 1-2 mins.

  • 3.

    Finish it in the oven 

    Put the pan into the oven (or put the duck breasts onto a baking tray) for 6-8 mins for medium-rare or 10-12 mins for medium-well, keeping them skin side up this time.

  • 4.

    Prep the salad

    Meanwhile, mix the lettuce, cucumber, spring onions and avocado (if using) together and then serve onto plates and top with the pomegranate seeds.

    When the duck is cooked to your liking, remove from the oven and leave to rest on a board for a few mins. Then slice the duck and arrange it on the salads and drizzle with HOI SIN SAUCE.


Chinese Spiced Duck Salad Reviews

BASED ON 974 reviews

Noelle - Mar 19, 2019

It was good but I would use chicken or beef next time.

Elaine - Mar 14, 2019


Joanna - Mar 14, 2019

Amazing! Fresh and tasty.

Danielle - Mar 12, 2019

I love duck after this meal

Ruth - Mar 08, 2019

Fresh, light but so so tasty!

Ricky - Mar 03, 2019

Beautiful duck. Salad isn’t very exciting though and worth adding your own flourishes

Melissa - Mar 03, 2019

Absolutely delicious ????

Briony - Feb 28, 2019

Loved this. It's been one of our favourites. So tasty

Julie - Feb 26, 2019

Loved it, very tasty

Sarah - Feb 26, 2019

Lovely dish

Helen - Feb 21, 2019

Simply yummy

Hector - Feb 17, 2019

Totally overpowering 5 spice ruined the duck disappointing

Douglas - Feb 14, 2019

Okay, nothing special.

Caroline - Feb 09, 2019

So very tasty

Darren - Feb 07, 2019

Awful! I have had many meals from simply cook and I must say this one is by far the worst meal.

Plum - Feb 05, 2019

Disappointing. Bit bland. Did hot Chinese veg instead and rice. Lots more hoisin too.

Louise - Feb 05, 2019

Love this!

Emma - Feb 05, 2019


Hilary - Feb 04, 2019

The duck was delicious, but I found the salad a little plain. I served with rice and about half the amount of salad suggested as I found the proportions of the meal a bit unbalanced.

Caroline - Feb 01, 2019


Jayne - Jan 31, 2019

Really fresh and tasty ????

Laura - Jan 27, 2019


Jacqueline - Jan 26, 2019

Was ok. Expected something much tastier. Disappointed ????

Eve - Jan 23, 2019

Absolutely another 5*! We love duck and this this was really delicious.

Tanya Louise - Jan 19, 2019

Fresh and tasty

Kaye - Jan 14, 2019

Very yummy!

Claire - Jan 09, 2019

Tasty meal. Easy to follow instructions.

Keith - Dec 18, 2018

Think this would have been simple to do without the kit. Was nice but did not blow me away.

celia - Dec 09, 2018

Very tasty

Sue - Dec 07, 2018

It's ok

Sarah - Dec 06, 2018

Worst one so far, very disappointed as the rest have been lovely

Haydon - Dec 02, 2018

Did it with rice instead of salad!

Annette - Dec 01, 2018

As it was a main I did noodles too. Delish!

Jacqueline - Nov 29, 2018

Liked the duck. Could take or leave the salad

Stephen - Nov 23, 2018

It's just duck on a bed of lettuce really.

Tom - Nov 21, 2018

Surprisingly delicious

Daniel - Nov 17, 2018

Seeing how outrageously expensive duck is, skin-on Chicken breasts are a good substitute!

Sally - Nov 09, 2018

Did not like the marinade which burnt in the pan when it went in the oven

Paul - Nov 02, 2018

I used wild mallard which had very little fat and a stronger flavour but was still a goid dish. Will try again with supermarket barbarie duck

Lauren - Oct 31, 2018

Husband loved it! Wasn’t my favourite but still very good!

Trudy - Oct 29, 2018

Kids loved it

Vanessa - Oct 23, 2018

The BBC good food oriental duck salad is similar but much better

Sarah - Oct 18, 2018

Enjoyable but a little bland and dry

Geraldine - Oct 17, 2018

Really disappointing. Nothing special that couldn’t have been achieved with a dash of five spice and some soy sauce at home

Paul - Oct 09, 2018

Was really tasty. Quite tricky to cook the duck medium and still get the marinade Cooked in without burning. I used wild mallard though so was no fat render.

Maggie - Oct 06, 2018

I did it as less of a salad and had it with noodles instead mixed in with the juices from the oven dish with the cucumber & pomegranate. Very nice.

Joanne - Sep 28, 2018

Nice flavour but a bit dry

Chris - Sep 25, 2018


Janet - Sep 23, 2018

Had with stir fry vegetables gorgeous would definitely have again

Paula - Sep 15, 2018

Absolutely delicious Thank you


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