Air fryer duck legs are the most inspired recipe for a successful dinner. It’s simple to do, and you don’t have to stay in the kitchen all the time, but the result, I guarantee you, will be remarkable.
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The air fryer duck legs recipe is so easy that anyone can make it, and it will surely be delicious. It includes two essential steps. The first is to make a mixture of spices with which I will coat the thighs well and, ideally, let them sit like this for a while in a cold place. The second step is to put them in the air fryer’s basket and fry them.
Of course, the most important thing is to have an air fryer; I recommend this Cosori Air Fryer XXL, which I also have and which is among the best on the market.
So, we will cook a delicious Cosori air fryer duck legs, for which we will need only a few ingredients.
Usually, one leg will serve each person, so today, if I cook for two people, I will need two pieces of duck legs.
To season them, I will make a paste of four cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of sea salt, half a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, a teaspoon of paprika, a teaspoon of marjoram and a tablespoon of duck fat.
Add a sunflower or olive oil spoonful if you don’t have duck or pork lard.
How to Make the Air Fryer Duck Legs?
Seasoning the Duck Legs
Because I want to use fresh garlic instead of granules, I will first chop the garlic cloves so you can grind them more easily in the mortar.
I put the chopped garlic in the mortar and add a spoonful of coarse sea salt, which will act as an abrasive, making our work easier.
After I crushed them well in the mortar and rubbed them with the pestle until I obtained a garlic paste, I added the other spices, namely freshly ground pepper, paprika and marjoram. To give consistency to this paste and to stick better to the legs, I will also add a spoonful of duck fat.
I mix the ingredients with a spoon until I get a homogeneous paste.
With this paste, grease the duck legs well, massaging them well on all sides so that the flavours penetrate the meat. For even more effect, I recommend you cover them with foil and put them in the fridge for at least an hour.
But to get the tastiest duck legs in the air fryer, keep them in the refrigerator overnight, and you will be delighted with their taste.
Cooking the Duck Legs
In this recipe, to cook the duck legs in air fryer, there is no need to preheat the air fryer. Place only the thighs in the basket with the skin down without adding any oil.
Set the air fryer to a temperature of 150 C (302 F) and cook for 35 minutes.
Halfway, Turn Them Upside Down
After this time, turn the thigh’s skin side up and fry them at the same temperature for another 35 minutes.
After this time, you will get perfectly made duck legs of striking copper colour and a fantastic aroma. If you think the skin is not crispy enough, put it back at a temperature of 200 C (392 F) for two minutes.
That was all. I invite you to try my air fryer duck legs recipe because they are incomparable.
How long does duck leg take in the air fryer?
The duck legs are tastier if cooked on low heat for longer, so at 150 C (302 F) for 30-35 minutes on each side.
Is duck good in an air fryer?
Duck legs are delicious if you cook them in the air fryer and those made in a conventional oven.
Why is my duck not crispy?
Usually, then it only comes out crispy if you put the thigh’s skin side down first. So that the skin becomes crispy, leave it for another three minutes at 200 C (392F).
Serving the Dish
You can serve the air fryer duck legs with different side dishes, but most often with mashed potatoes, as I did, or mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry chutney or a fruit compote. Sweet side dishes or sauces usually accompany duck meat.
For me, the air fryer has become my best friend in the kitchen and with which I successfully try countless recipes. If you are interested in more, I recommend a few:
- Air Fryer Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges
- Cosori Air Fryer Whole Chicken
- Air Fryer Doughnuts From Scratch
- Pork Steak in an Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Teriyaki Salmon
- Ribeye Steak in Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks
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Air Fryer Duck Legs
- 1 mortar
- 2 pieces duck legs
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp sea salt kosher
- 1 tbsp duck fat
- ½ tsp ground pepper freshly ground
- 1 tsp marjoram dried
- 1 tsp paprika
- Chop the garlic cloves, put them in the mortar and add a spoonful of coarse sea salt. Crush them well and rub them with the pestle until you obtain a garlic paste.
- Add the freshly ground pepper, paprika, marjoram and duck fat. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until you get a homogeneous paste.
- With this paste, grease the duck legs, massaging them well on all sides. Cover them with foil and put them in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Place only the thighs in the basket with the skin down without adding oil. Set the air fryer to a temperature of 150 C (302 F) and cook for 35 minutes.
- Turn the thigh’s skin side up and fry them at the same temperature for another 35 minutes.
- Serve the air fryer duck legs with mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney, or a fruit compote.