Chicken and Other Poultry/

Slow Cooker Sous Vide Duck Breast with Black Garlic and Mango Salsa

Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons salt, plus for more for the salsa
  • 1/4teaspoon pink curing salt (available in well-stocked grocery stores or online)
  • 4 boneless, skinless duck breasts (about 4 to 5 ounces each)
  • Generous 1/2cup black garlic cloves (divided use) (available available in well-stocked grocery stores or online)
  • Vegetable oil, olive oil or duck fat
  • For the Mango Salsa
  • 1tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1tablespoon orange juice
  • 1small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1fresh habanero chile, stems and seeds removed and finely diced
  • 2cups (about 12 ounces) cubed mango (we love the Honey Manila mangos that come from Mexico)
  • 1/3cup chopped cilantro, plus more whole leaves for garnish


In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of salt and the pink curing salt and rub over the duck breasts. Cover and place in the refrigerator to cure, about 6 to 8 hours. Rinse away the salt from the breasts and place each in a sealable plastic bag along with 1 black garlic clove. Seal up the bag, taking care to remove as much air as possible.

Preheat an oven to its lowest setting (usually between 160 and 200 degrees). On a small sheet tray lined with parchment paper, lay out the remaining black garlic cloves so they aren't touching. Bake until they are dry and crisp, about an hour. Transfer to a spice grinder and pulverize to a fine powder.

Fill the insert of a slow cooker about half way with water and let it warm for about 1 hour on the low setting. Add the bags containing the duck breast. Cook for 40 minutes on low, flipping the bags over half way through cooking.

Remove the duck breasts from the bag and place on a paper towel-lined plate at room temperature.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the citrus, onion, diced mango and chile. Season with salt, usually about about 1/2 teaspoon. If you like it a little sweeter, add about 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Heat a large (12-inch) skillet over medium high and film with oil or duck fat. When hot, add the duck breasts and sear, about two minutes per side.

To serve, place the duck breasts on a large serving platter, sprinkle with the black garlic powder and garnish with mango salsa and cilantro.



  1. Please give the sous vide tmperature and time so I can prepare with my soya vide. Am I remembering correctly that you set it for 139.9 and cooked for 1 hour? Would live to make this recipe. Thank you!

  2. I’m going to do this for my new years eve with my girl friend, I have a duck that I didn’t cook for thanksgiving( too much other food), this will be great plus a change from the usual seafood fare. RUSS south loop chicago

  3. Not sure what kind of black garlic Rick used. The product I got from a local Asian market was like a dried fig. An hour in the oven and it was even stickier. Three hours — still soft and pliable. Three days in a dehydrator — still malleable. Minced, and then dried for another day — finally seemed hard enough to pulverize. But the “powder” stuck together like brown sugar with a bit of water added. The “powder” in the dehydrator for three hours finally pulverized enough that I could use it as described, but I could still squeeze it together in a lump. The black garlic I got was like a round ball with paper on it, and no cloves dividing it at all.

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