Crispy duck pancakes recipe

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Our simple recipe for crispy duck pancakes is the perfect Chinese starter that only takes 20 mins to cook

Crispy duck pancakes
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories94 Kcal5%
Sugar7.0 g8%
Fat2.2 g3%
Saturated Fat0.5 g3%
Salt0.78 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein5.0 g10%
Carbohydrates13.8 g5%
Salt0.78 gRow 7 - Cell 2

If you're looking for a way to make your favourite takeaway staple at home, this recipe for crispy duck pancakes is just perfect. 

No Chinese takeaway is complete without crispy duck pancakes. And whether you're wanting a healthier spin on the classic or just looking to make them at home, this simple recipe is everything you need. While traditionally duck pancakes are made with Peking duck, we've used duck breasts in our recipe. This simplifies the process and makes it easier to create from your own kitchen. You can pick up Chinese pancakes from your local supermarket or any specialty food store.


  • 1tbsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 100g packet of 10 Chinese pancakes
  • 5-6tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ¼-½ cucumber, cut into strips
  • 6-8 spring onions, cut into strips




  1. Set the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7.
  2. Mix the five-spice powder into the honey and spread it on both sides of the duck breasts.
  3. Heat a solid-based frying pan and add the duck breasts, skin-side down, and cook for 3-5 mins, pressing them down well until the skin starts to crisp up. Turn the breasts over and cook for another 2-3 mins. Transfer them to a baking tray and cook them in the oven for 15 mins.
  4. Remove the duck from the oven and shred it, or cut into strips.
  5. Heat the pancakes as directed on the packet.
  6. Serve them with a bowl of hoisin sauce to spread on the pancakes, and a bowl filled with the duck and one with cucumber and spring onion, for everyone to make their own pancakes.

Top tips for making crispy duck pancakes

If you want to give this crispy duck pancakes recipe a twist, you could try using pulled pork or chicken instead of duck. You can even use ready-cooked meat or leftovers, you just have to reduce the cooking time.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies