Recipe courtesy of Eddie Palomino

Spicy Stir-Fry Duck with White Pineapple

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 9 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 24 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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6 duck breasts


1 gallon water

1/2 pound kosher salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup dry oregano

1/2 cup cumin seed

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic

6 tablespoons ancho puree

1 cup apple cider vinegar

20 whole cloves


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Tequila

1/4 cup julienne red peppers

1/4 cup julienne green peppers

1/4 cup julienne carrots

1/3 cup asparagus tips

1/4 cup cleaned, blanched, and julienned Nopalitos*

1/3 cup scallions

1/2 piece jalapeno pepper, julienne

1 teaspoon hot chili sauce

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Salt and pepper

1 cup white pineapple circles or pineapple circles

Serving suggestions: pasta or rice


  1. Begin by making the brine. Combine all of the ingredients in a large pot. Warm slightly so salt and sugar dissolve. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Add the duck breasts and marinate in brine, in the refrigerator, for 24 hours.
  2. Once the duck is ready, cut the breasts into julienne strips and saute in a large skillet or wok in olive oil. Add the Tequila and saute for a few minutes. Add all of the julienne cut vegetables, chili sauce and garlic except for the pineapple. Saute vegetables for approximately 5 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the pineapple into circles and add last, just before serving.
  4. Serve stir-fry over pasta or rice.

Cook’s Note

*Nopales found in Mexican markets