Learn how to build, grow, and monetize Facebook Pages!
Learn how to build, grow, and monetize Facebook Pages!

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy

Post From https://nomnompaleo.com/instant-pot-orange-duck

Who’s ready for some Instant Pot Orange Duck?

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

If you ask me to pick a bird to prepare for dinner, I’m always going to choose duck. Trust me: You have not lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of fatty, crispy duck skin giving way to perfectly cooked flavorful meat. Duck, whether roasted, braised, or shredded in stir-fries, has been a favorite of mine since childhood. It was a special-occasion food; it would make welcome appearances at birthday dinners, holiday suppers, and Chinese New Year celebrations.

Thankfully, as an adult, I no longer have to wait weeks on end for my mom to bust out my favorite bird. I’m a big girl (a.k.a. old lady) now, so I can make it myself—and in an Instant Pot, no less! Of course, no electric pressure cooker has the ability to crisp up duck skin like I want, so a skillet is still needed to finish the recipe for this hearty, flavor-packed Orange Duck. But with an Instant Pot, I can make deliciously tender duck legs in just a fraction of the usual time. And you can, too!

Best of all, this Orange Duck + Gravy is a perfect make-ahead recipe; just crisp up the cooked duck legs and reheat the gravy when you’re ready to serve!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 duck legs
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, duck fat, or avocado oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium celery rib, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup bone broth or chicken stock
  • 1 medium navel orange
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig

Equipment:

Method:

In a small bowl, combine 1½ teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt (use ½ the amount of salt if you are using Morton’s brand or a fine grain salt), herbes de Provence and black pepper. Pat the duck legs dry with a paper towel and sprinkle the seasoning all over the legs.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Turn on the sauté function on the Instant Pot, and add 1 tablespoon cooking fat once the insert is hot.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Once the fat melts, add the onions, celery, and carrots, along with ½ teaspoon kosher salt.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables have softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Toss in the garlic cloves and add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Pour in the broth, scraping up any browned bits.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the zest off the orange in strips, making sure you don’t peel into the bitter white pith underneath. Juice the orange…

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

…and add it to the Instant Pot. Toss in the orange zest…

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

…parsley, bay leaf, and thyme.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Stir well, and turn off the sauté function.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Place the seasoned duck legs skin side up in a single layer on top of the vegetables in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Lock the lid and make sure the valve is pointed to the sealed position. Program the Instant Pot to cook under high pressure for 45 minutes.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

After the duck is done cooking, let the pressure drop naturally. If you’re impatient, you can manually release the pressure after 20 minutes has passed.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Carefully remove the duck legs. The meat should be fork-tender, so you don’t want to manhandle the cooked legs or the legs might fall apart on you. At this point, if you’re not eating right away, you can store the duck in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Discard the thyme sprig, bay leaf, and orange zest…

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

…and use an immersion blender to purée the remaining contents of the Instant Pot to make a thick gravy. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

You’ll have tons of gravy, so freeze the extra in ice cube molds for up to 4 months. 

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

When you’re ready to cook the duck legs, pat them dry and heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, swirl in the remaining tablespoon of fat. Add the duck legs skin-side down and fry ’em undisturbed for 2-3 minutes or until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Flip the legs over and brown on the other side.

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Alternatively, you can broil the duck legs (though the skin won’t be as crispy). Here’s how to do it: Arrange the oven rack in the middle position, and turn on the broiler. Place the duck legs on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet, skin side up. Broil the duck until the skin is nicely browned (5-10 minutes).

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Either way, don’t forget to serve the Orange Duck with the gravy!

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

Recipe IndexNom Nom Paleo CookbooksNom Nom Paleo App

PRINTER-FRIENDLY RECIPE CARD

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy

Prep 10 mins

Cook 1 hour, 20 mins

Total 1 hour, 30 mins

Author Michelle Tam

Yield 4 servings

Instant Pot Orange Duck + Gravy takes just a fraction of the time it would take to roast it in the oven—and best of all, it’s a perfect make-ahead recipe; just crisp up the cooked duck legs and reheat the gravy when you’re ready to serve!

Ingredients

  • Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 duck legs
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, duck fat, or avocado oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium celery rib, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup bone broth or chicken stock
  • 1 medium navel orange
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1½ teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt (use ½ the amount of salt if you are using Morton’s brand or a fine grain salt), herbes de Provence and black pepper. Pat the duck legs dry with a paper towel and sprinkle the seasoning all over the legs.
  2. Turn on the sauté function on the Instant Pot, and add 1 tablespoon cooking fat once the insert is hot. 
  3. Once the fat melts, add the onions, celery, and carrots, along with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables have softened, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Toss in the garlic cloves and add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  5. Pour in the broth, scraping up any browned bits.
  6. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the zest off the orange in strips, making sure you don’t peel into the bitter white pith underneath. Juice the orange and add it to the Instant Pot. Toss in the orange zest, parsley, bay leaf, and thyme. Stir well, and turn off the sauté function.
  7. Place the seasoned duck legs skin side up in a single layer on top of the vegetables in the Instant Pot.
  8. Lock the lid and make sure the valve is pointed to the sealed position. Program the Instant Pot to cook under high pressure for 45 minutes.
  9. After the duck is done cooking, let the pressure drop naturally. If you’re impatient, you can manually release the pressure after 20 minutes has passed.
  10. Carefully remove the duck legs. The meat should be fork-tender, so you don’t want to manhandle the cooked legs or the legs might fall apart on you. At this point, if you’re not eating right away, you can store the duck in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  11. Discard the thyme sprig, bay leaf, and orange zest and use an immersion blender to purée the remaining contents of the Instant Pot to make a thick gravy. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed. You’ll have tons of gravy, so freeze the extra in ice cube molds for up to 4 months. 
  12. When you’re ready to cook the duck legs, pat them dry and heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, swirl in the remaining tablespoon of fat. Add the duck legs skin-side down and fry ’em undisturbed for 2-3 minutes or until the skin is crispy and golden brown. Flip the legs over and brown on the other side.
  13. Alternatively, you can broil the duck legs (though the skin won’t be as crispy). Here’s how to do it: Arrange the oven rack in the middle position, and turn on the broiler. Place the duck legs on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet, skin side up. Broil the duck until the skin is nicely browned (5-10 minutes).
  14. Either way, don’t forget to serve the Orange Duck with the gravy!

Notes

  • Don’t discard the extra gravy! I use it as a braising sauce for chicken thighs—simply salt and pepper boneless and skinless chicken thighs and toss them in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of gravy. Cook for 10 minutes under high pressure.
  • You can make this dish in a slow cooker by cooking steps 1-5 in a large skillet. Then, transfer everything to your slow cooker and in step 8 you should program your slow cooker to cook on low for 8 hours. 

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Duck, Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Whole30, Paleo, Primal, Gluten-free

The post Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Orange Duck + Gravy appeared first on Nom Nom Paleo®.

Leave a Reply

Free Video Course For You

FB Video Course

Categories

Archives