Chef's Recipes

South on Albany's confit duck salad with honey and hazelnut dressing

Here's your chance to taste South on Albany's confit duck salad with a sweet citrus dressing.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 3 hrs 30 mins cooking plus curing, cooling, chilling
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South on Albany's confit duck salad with honey and hazelnut dressing
"May I request the recipe for the confit duck salad from chef John Evans at South on Albany in Berry?"
Merideth Mccluskey, Sydney, NSW
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  • 3 duck Marylands (about 275gm each)
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves peeled
  • 2 tbsp rock salt
  • 2 tbsp (firmly packed) thyme
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed with a mortar and pestle
  • 1 fresh bay leaf, torn
  • Finely grated rind of ½ orange
  • 600 gm duck fat, melted
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) watercress sprigs
  • 4 radicchio leaves, torn
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) frisée (pale inner leaves only)
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) baby rocket
  • ¼ carrot, cut into julienne
  • 45 gm roasted and chopped hazelnuts (1/3 cup)
Honey and hazelnut dressing
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut oil
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp each Dijon and wholegrain mustard


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 120C. Wash duck and pat dry with paper towels. Combine garlic, rock salt, thyme and black pepper in a food processor, pulse until coarsely ground, then transfer mixture to a non-reactive container and stir in bay leaf and orange rind. Rub salt mixture thoroughly into duck, cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours to cure.
  • 2
    Rinse duck under cold running water, rubbing to remove any herbs or spices. Dry well with paper towels and place in a roasting pan large enough to hold duck pieces snugly in a single layer. Pour duck fat over to submerge duck completely, loosely cover pan with foil, transfer to oven and cook until meat starts to fall from the bone (2½-3 hours). Cool to room temperature in fat (30-40 minutes). Remove duck from fat with a slotted spoon (strain fat and refrigerate for another use), transfer to a tray skin-side up and refrigerate until flesh is firm (30-40 minutes).
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 160C. Remove skin from duck, transfer skin to a wire rack placed over a roasting pan and roast until golden and crisp (25-30 minutes). Chop skin finely and keep warm.
  • 4
    Shred duck meat, discarding sinew and bones. Place on an oven tray and roast until warmed through (4-5 minutes), then transfer to a bowl and keep warm.
  • 5
    For honey and hazelnut dressing, whisk citrus juices, oil, honey and mustards in a bowl, then season to taste. Drizzle a quarter of the dressing over duck.
  • 6
    Combine watercress, radicchio, frisée, rocket and carrot in a bowl and season to taste. Drizzle with remaining dressing, add duck, toss lightly to combine, and serve scattered with hazelnuts and duck skin.


Start this recipe a day ahead to cure the duck. This can also be done in advance – it will keep refrigerated, fully submerged in fat, for three weeks.