Delicious Duck Recipe with Exotic Star Fruit Sauce

Are you on the lookout for a tasty and unique tropical dish? Look no further than my Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce Recipe! This dish is the perfect blend of sweet and sour flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The star ingredient of this recipe – star fruit – is a rare tropical fruit, also known as carambola, that has health benefits ranging from improved digestion to healthy skin.

As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I can attest to the deliciousness of this duckling with star fruit sauce recipe. The succulent duckling breast perfectly complements the tangy fruit sauce, resulting in a match made in heaven. I first discovered this recipe during my travels around Asia, where it’s traditional street food. Since then, I’ve added my own twists to create a delectable dish that will make you feel like you’re enjoying the best of both worlds – street food and fine dining.

In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through every step of how to make this special tasty masala star fruit sauce. From the ingredient list to substitutions and variations section, you’ll find everything you need to know to create your own unique dish. So why not take a culinary adventure by trying out my Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce Recipe? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce
Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce

As a chef who has specialized in Brazilian and American cuisine, I am thrilled to present you with this unique recipe – Duckling with Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce. You may wonder why you should try this recipe amidst thousands of other recipes out there. Let me tell you why!

First, the sweet and sour flavor of the star fruit sauce is something that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. The combination of sweetness from the star fruit and sourness from the rice vinegar and tomato paste is just perfect.

Secondly, it is a healthy choice for those who care about their nutrition. Aside from being incredibly delicious, starfruit has many health benefits to offer such as reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system. Also, the duckling meat is a great source of protein that will help build lean muscle mass.

Thirdly, it’s not your usual everyday dish since star fruit is somewhat exotic and not commonly used in Western cuisine. This dish has a specialty order online like Jungle Jim where you can find unique tropical fruits such as carambola or starfruit. It’s like adding a new item to your taste palette which could turn out to be your next favorite thing.

Finally, sharing this dish with your loved ones could provoke a nostalgic term ‘Bangladeshi street food.” It exhibits how food can bring people together with diverse tastes and backgrounds.

In conclusion, give this Duckling with Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce recipe a try and enjoy its stunning flavors, health benefits, exotic feel, and cultural nostalgia.

Ingredient List

 A match made in culinary heaven: juicy duckling and tangy star fruit sauce.
A match made in culinary heaven: juicy duckling and tangy star fruit sauce.

Let’s dive into the ingredients that will make our Duckling with Star Fruit Sauce recipe truly exceptional. To bring out the flavors of both Brazilian and American cuisines, we’ll be using a unique combination of spices and ingredients. Here is what you will need:


  • 2 whole ducklings (about 5 pounds each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fruit Sauce:

  • 2 star fruits (carambola), thinly sliced
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup medium-dry sherry
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 cup dry white wine


  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves


  • A handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Make sure to measure out all your ingredients before starting to cook. This will help ensure you don’t forget anything and that everything is ready when you need it.

The Recipe How-To

 Let the caramelized star fruit sauce take center stage on this plate.
Let the caramelized star fruit sauce take center stage on this plate.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s start perfecting this delicious recipe!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Clean the duckling of any feathers and giblets. Cut off the wings at the second joint and remove any excess fat.
  3. Season the duckling with salt and pepper inside and out. Pro tip: Be generous with rub.
  4. Cut onion in half, celery into pieces, and the carrots about 1-inch cubes.


  1. In a large deep roasting pan and in a nonstick pan, brown the duckling until golden brown on both sides.
  2. Arrange the vegetables around the duckling and place bay leaves on top.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup medium-dry sherry, 1/4 cup port wine, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1 teaspoon tomato paste, the star fruit (carambola) slices, parsley and dried thyme in saucepan over low heat and bring to simmer.
  4. Pour half of the sauce mixture over duckling; roast in preheated oven for an hour or until perfection is achieved.
  5. Remove duck from roasting pan to a serving platter; remove trussing string if necessary.
  6. Skim fat from juices and vegetable mixtures remaining in roasting pan; add remaining half of sauce to stuff into duck cavity to get star fruit carambola sauce.


Arrange the roasted vegetables on the platter with duck on top and serve with star fruit sauce.

Enjoy your delicious duckling with Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce Recipe!

Substitutions and Variations

 Duckling with carambola sauce: a fruity and savory delight.
Duckling with carambola sauce: a fruity and savory delight.

There are a few substitutions and variations you can make to this starfruit sauce recipe to fit your preferences or dietary restrictions. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the medium-dry sherry, port wine, and dry white wine with some chicken broth or grape juice. This will give the sauce a slightly different taste, but it will still be delicious.

For a healthier option, you can reduce the amount of butter in the recipe or replace it with olive oil. Instead of using a duckling, you could use chicken breasts or thighs, which would also work well with the starfruit sauce. Additionally, add some other tropical fruits like pineapple or mango to the dish to amplify more flavors.

If you want the sauce to be spicier, add some sambal belimbing or chili peppers to it. Sambal belimbing is an Indonesian spicy sauce made from starfruits and chili peppers that can be found at specialty online stores or Asian markets such as Jungle Jim.

You can also experiment with different herbs and spices to create your own unique version of this dish. Try adding ginger or lemongrass to the sauce to give it a zesty and tangy flavor.

Another variation of this fruit sauce recipe is serving it as a dressing for fruit salad. Mix passion fruit juice with carambola starfruit tropical sweetness creates an exciting salad dressing that compliments any fruit combination’s natural sweetness.

There are many ways to adjust this recipe for special requests while still enjoying its sweet and sour flavors. Get creative in your kitchen and try some of these substitutes and variations to fit your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect balance of sweet and sour: duckling with star fruit sauce.
The perfect balance of sweet and sour: duckling with star fruit sauce.

When it comes to serving and pairing this duckling with star fruit sauce recipe, the options are endless. The sweet and sour flavors of the star fruit sauce perfectly complement the rich and flavorful duck meat, making it a dish that can easily impress your guests.

For a truly tropical experience, pair this dish with some coconut rice or fried plantains. The creamy texture of the coconut rice and the sweetness of the fried plantains provide an excellent balance to the tangy flavors of the star fruit sauce.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, pair this dish with a glass of medium-dry sherry or port wine. The fruity notes of these wines perfectly complement the star fruit flavors in the sauce, creating an unforgettable dining experience.

For those who prefer a classic wine pairing, opt for a dry white wine or a red wine such as Pinot Noir or Syrah. These wines accentuate the savory flavors of the duck breast while balancing out the acidity in the star fruit sauce.

You can also serve this dish with some simple roasted veggies such as celery, carrot, and onion. The nuttiness of these roasted vegetables provides a delicious contrast to the vibrant tanginess of the star fruit sauce.

In conclusion, this dish can be served in many ways, depending on your mood and taste preferences. Whether it’s accompanied by cool coconut rice or paired with a glass of medium-dry sherry, this delicious recipe is sure to please even the most discerning diners.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your taste buds a tropical vacation with this star fruit sauce.
Give your taste buds a tropical vacation with this star fruit sauce.

Now, let’s talk about how to make this dish ahead of time, how to store leftovers, and how to properly reheat them.

If you plan on making this duckling with star fruit sauce for a special occasion or dinner party, you can actually prepare the sauce up to two days ahead of time. That way, on the day of your event, all you have to do is cook the duckling and reheat the sauce.

When it comes to storing leftovers, make sure you separate the sauce from the duckling before refrigerating. The sauce can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to five days. As for the duckling, it can also be kept in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to three days.

When it’s time to reheat the leftovers, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to note that reheating the duckling in the microwave may make it tough and chewy. Instead, I recommend gently reheating it on a stovetop using a bit of oil or butter until it’s heated through.

As for the star fruit sauce, you can simply reheat it in a microwave-safe dish or on a stovetop until it’s hot and bubbly. If you find that the sauce has thickened too much after being refrigerated, simply add a bit of water or chicken broth until it reaches your desired consistency.

Overall, this dish is perfect for those who love to meal prep or make food ahead of time. With just a bit of planning, you can enjoy this delicious duckling with star fruit sauce recipe anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The vibrant colors of the star fruit sauce add a pop of freshness to the dish.
The vibrant colors of the star fruit sauce add a pop of freshness to the dish.

When it comes to cooking duckling with star fruit sauce, there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve the perfect results that will make your dish stand out. As a chef who specializes in Brazilian and American cuisine, I have some great tips to make sure your recipe turns out excellent every time.

First, start with high-quality ingredients. Fresh celery, carrots, onions, bay leaves, and parsley are essential for flavoring the dish. Good quality dry white wine, port wine, and medium-dry sherry add depth and richness to the sauce. And of course, make sure that the star fruit you are using is fresh and ripe.

Secondly, take your time when roasting the ducklings. Start by scoring the skin in a diamond pattern – this will help release the fat as it cooks and result in crispy skin. Cook on low heat setting until well done or even better use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Thirdly, when making the sauce, remember that balance is key. Star fruit has a distinct sweet and sour flavor that should be reflected in the sauce. Add sugar to sweeten if necessary but taste the sauce several times during cooking so you can adjust accordingly.

Finally, presentation is important! After roasting the duckling brush it with some of the carambola star fruit sauce and use excess to dribble on the plate. It’s said we eat first with our eyes so decorate it with some chopped parsley or sliced starfruit for extra points!

By following these expert tips, you’ll be able to create an exceptional dish that showcases both Brazilian and tropical flavors in a unique way that will wow anyone who tries it!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Duckling with Star Fruit Sauce is truly a unique fusion of tropical fruit and succulent meat. By using star fruit in your sauce, you’ll add a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness to your dish while providing important health benefits. Not only will you enjoy the delicious taste of this flavorful and juicy meat, but you’ll also benefit from the nutrients it provides.

Additionally, this recipe offers plenty of room for personalization and substitution to make it your own. Whether you decide to add different spices or substitute ingredients, the combination of duckling and star fruit will always be a special tasty and tasty masala dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

So, next time you want to impress your guests with something unique and delicious, try this recipe for Duckling with Star Fruit Sauce. With its one-of-a-kind tropical flavor profile and succulent meat, it’s sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it! You can even order carambola online or visit your nearest grocery store that carries unique tropical fruits like jungle jim.

Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce

Duckling With Star Fruit (Carambola) Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 2007.7 kcal


  • 8 lbs domestic ducklings, thawed if frozen
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small stalk celery, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Star Fruit Sauce

  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup medium-dry sherry or 1 cup port wine
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 7 ounces star fruit, pared, pureed and sieved (or not)
  • star fruit slices (to garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Remove giblets and fat from body cavity of ducklings and reserve for another time. Rinse ducklings inside and out with cold water.
  • Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Stuff ducklings with thyme, parsley, bay leaves, onion, carrot, celery and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Tie legs together with string. Pierce skin all over with tip of small knife.
  • Arrange ducklings on rack in large shallow roasting pan. Roast at 375F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until thermometer inserted between leg and thigh registers 180°F
  • Spoon off fat from roasting pan several times during baking.
  • Remove ducklings and rack from pan, reserving drippings in pan.
  • Keep ducklings warm.
  • Put sauce ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Bring to boil and reduce heat. Simmer until reduced.
  • Server over duckling and garnish with star fruit slices.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 747gCalories: 2007.7kcalCarbohydrates: 16.5gProtein: 223.6gFat: 98.8gSaturated Fat: 26.6gCholesterol: 1234.9mgSodium: 797.4mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 8.8g
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.