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Crispy Sesame Duck Ramen

Crispy Sesame Duck Ramen

Crispy duck surrounded by sublime ramen noodles, vegetables and a heavy sesame flavour. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword duck recipe, easy duck recipe, how to cook duck breast, ramen recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Samantha


  • 400 grams duck breasts, 2 medium sized
  • 4 cakes dried ramen noodles
  • 3 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 4 cups chicken or mushroom broth
  • 2 tbsp miso paste, white or red
  • 1/2 lbs (225 gr) mushrooms, such as button, cremini, shimeji, etc.
  • 1 lbs (454 gr) asparagus stalks or broccolini, trimmed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, preferably toasted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

optional garnishes:

  • cilantro, sliced thai chilies, crushed peanuts, etc.


  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the top layer of the duck (the skin and  fat) in a criss-cross pattern without hitting the meat. Season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a medium sized frying pan / skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp sesame oil and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook until nicely browned, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan. Add the duck, skin-side down and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 20-25 minutes until fat has completely rendered and skin is dark brown and crispy. Flip and cook meat side for 3-5 minutes until desired doneness has been reached. Let rest for a few minutes and then slice on an angle.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat mushroom broth to a boil and whisk in miso paste. Reduce heat to a simmer and keep warm. At the same time, cook ramen noodles as per the package instructions. Drain, toss with 2 tsp of sesame oil and set aside.

  4. In a wide skillet bring salted water to a boil. Add asparagus (or broccolini) and cook until crisp-tender, about 4-6 minutes. Remove and run cold water over to stop cooking. Add carrots to the water and cook for about 5 minutes until crisp-tender.

  5. To assemble place noodles in bowls, top with duck slices, vegetables, and broth. Top with desired garnishes.