Easy Duck Confit Recipe for a Gourmet Dinner at Home

Learn how to make the perfect French duck confit with our easy-to-follow recipe. Tender, juicy meat with crispy skin, this classic dish is perfect for a special occasion or a cozy dinner at home.

Duck confit is a classic French dish that consists of tender, juicy duck meat with crispy skin. It is a labor of love that requires time and patience, but the end result is absolutely worth it. In this recipe, we will guide you through the steps to make the perfect duck confit in the comfort of your own home. It is a great option for a special occasion or a cozy dinner with loved ones. So, let’s get started!


  • 4 duck legs
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup rendered duck fat
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  1. Combine the salt, black pepper, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves in a bowl.
  2. Rub the mixture over the duck legs, making sure to coat them evenly.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 225°F.
  5. Rinse the duck legs and pat them dry with paper towels.
  6. Heat the duck fat in a Dutch oven over medium heat until it is melted.
  7. Add the duck legs to the pot and make sure they are submerged in the fat.
  8. Place the pot in the oven and cook for 3-4 hours, until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.
  9. Remove the pot from the oven and let the duck legs cool in the fat.
  10. Once cool, remove the duck legs from the fat and place them on a baking sheet.
  11. Turn the oven to broil and place the baking sheet under the broiler for 5-7 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden.
  12. While the duck legs are under the broiler, heat the chicken stock in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  13. Serve the duck legs hot, with a drizzle of chicken stock over the top.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use high-quality duck legs for the best flavor and texture.
  • Make sure to marinate the duck legs for at least 12 hours to infuse them with flavor.
  • To save time, you can use store-bought rendered duck fat instead of making your own.
  • The duck legs can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, so you can make them ahead of time and reheat them when you’re ready to serve.


  • Add herbs, spices, or citrus zest to the marinade to add extra flavor.
  • Serve the duck legs with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.
  • For a twist on the classic recipe, try using different types of poultry, such as chicken or turkey, instead of duck.
  • You can also experiment with different cooking methods, such as slow cooking in a sous vide or pressure cooker.

Duck confit is a classic French dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a cozy dinner at home. With a little time and patience, you can make the perfect duck confit in the comfort of your own kitchen. This recipe is easy to follow and uses simple ingredients, but the end result is a dish that is rich, savory, and absolutely delicious. So why not give it a try and impress your guests with your gourmet cooking skills?

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