How Can You Reheat Duck?

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While duck meat is more expensive than other meats such as chicken, it is an excellent source of protein. It is a delicious main course to have once in a while; therefore, you would like to feast on it for last as long as possible. Can you reheat duck, and is it safe and healthy?

You can reheat duck without any issues. It is safe if you manage to store it correctly; however, it is suggested that you only reheat duck once; otherwise, it will not be as flavorful. There are different methods to reheating duck meat, including using an air fryer.

Leftover duck is safe, easy, and quick to reheat. Read on to find out the methods of reheating duck, if you can reheat it more than once, and how to heat duck soup and duck pancakes.

Can You Reheat Duck?

Duck meat tastes heavenly and is packed with vitamins and minerals. The fatty layer covering the skin offers a distinct taste and, if prepared correctly, is moist and tender; however, duck meat should only be eaten once in a while as it is high in cholesterol and fat.

Reheating duck is safe and straightforward. You can still enjoy its juicy flavor no matter what method you use to reheat it.

I recommend reheating duck only once; otherwise, the meat will have a chewy texture. Though it is safe to reheat it a few more times, the flavor will not improve, and the meat might become tough and dry.

How Can You Reheat Duck?

There are four ways you can safely reheat duck. Here’s how you can do it:

Reheat Duck In The Oven

  • Preheat oven to 300℉.
  • Use an oven-safe dish and lightly grease it. Place the duck or duck pieces in the oven-safe dish and cover it with foil.
  • Put it in the oven and let the duck warm up slowly (if you are reheating thicker pieces of the duck meat, it can take longer).
  • Bake the duck in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Uncover the duck for the last 5-7 minutes of baking for crispy skin.

Using an oven is the most effective method because you have more control of the reheating process.

Reheat Duck In The Microwave

While it is not recommended that you reheat food in the microwave, you may still do it.

  • Place the duck in a microwave-safe dish.
  • You can drizzle chicken stock, olive oil, or melted butter over the duck meat to moisten it.
  • To prolong the freshness of the duck meat, cover it with vented plastic and microwave it for 60 seconds. (Depending on its size, it might take longer to warm up)

Reheating duck meat in the microwave can make the skin soggy and chewy. That is why you need to keep an eye on it even though it is only microwaving for 60 seconds.

Reheat Duck In The Air Fryer

An air fryer is the latest, must-have kitchen appliance and one of the healthiest ways to prepare food. If you do have an air fryer, you can easily reheat duck meat. Here’s how:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350℉.
  • Drizzle it with chicken stock and sprinkle water on top.
  • Wrap it in foil.
  • Place the wrapped duck meat in the air fryer and heat it for 3-5 minutes in the air fryer.

Air fryers are a healthy alternative to cooking, frying, and reheating food, but they can dry out the meat. Therefore, it is necessary to wrap it in foil as not to dry out and harden the meat.

Reheat Duck By Stir-Frying

Stir-frying food is quick and keeps the food fresh and full of flavor. Here’s how you can reheat your duck by stir-frying it on the stove:

  • Use medium-high heat (approximately five minutes) for stir-frying.
  • Continuously stir and turn over every now and then to avoid burning the meat.

Using a wok (deep round-bottomed cooking pan) is best, but any other cooking pan is just as efficient. This method for reheating will surely make the duck meat taste rich and juicy.

How To Reheat Duck Soup And Duck Pancakes

I have never heard of duck pancakes or thought that duck meat would taste mouth-watering in soup, but it looks like I am not the only one. So, if you decide to make these dishes, here is how to reheat duck soup and duck pancakes.

How To Reheat Duck Soup

The smartest way to reheat any kind of soup is on the stovetop. You will have more control of the temperature, and it is easier to determine when your soup will be ready. Follow these steps to heat your duck soup properly:

Choose A Suitable Pot

Pick a big pot that you can pour the soup into. The pot should be big enough that the liquid would not boil over if you filled it with the soup.

Add Liquid

If the soup stands overnight or you heat it two days after it was cooked, it can thicken.

Before you start warming up the duck soup, add water to the soup for a thinner consistency.

Heat, Stir And Boil

Use medium heat (four to five) to heat up the duck soup slowly. If you are heating frozen soup, add water and set the stove to low heat (two to three) so the soup can melt. Once it is melted, increase the heat.

Constantly stir the soup to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot and let it boil for no less than one minute. Afterwards, lower the heat and let the soup simmer for a few minutes.

If you are satisfied, remove the pot from the stovetop.

Check The Soup’s Temperature

For an accurate idea, use a food thermometer to test the temperature of the soup. The temperature should at least be 165℉, and if the thermometer reads lower than that, you can heat the soup more.

How To Reheat Duck Pancakes

If you prepared duck pancakes beforehand or want to enjoy leftover duck pancakes, reheat them in the microwave for only a few seconds until it is warm enough to serve. Alternatively, you can place the pancakes in a bamboo steamer for at least three to five minutes.


Duck meat is a delicacy, and cooking and reheating duck meat correctly is necessary if you know you will not be able to experience its tastiness again any time soon. The reheating instructions are clear and straightforward and can be carried out without any issues.

As mentioned before, you can reheat duck meat more than once if you would like to. Ensure to store it properly in your refrigerator after you cook it and let it cool down to avoid spoilage. Proper storage will help the reheating process run smoothly as well. Closely follow all the instructions to enjoy your deliciously moist duck meat!


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