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Five-Spice Grilled Duck Tostadas


Special Diet

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy Free


Main Course

Main Ingredient





  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing grates
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 2 tbsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 tbsp San-J No Soy Tamari, plus more for brushing duck
  • 1 lime, juiced; plus 2 limes cut into wedges for serving
  • 2 tsp agave syrup or brown sugar, optional
  • 1/2 small daikon radish, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 green onions, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and mashed
  • 8 corn tostadas


  • Heat grill to medium heat and brush grates with oil. Pat duck dry and trim off any fat from sides. Score duck skin in a crosshatch pattern at 1/2-inch intervals with a sharp knife. Mix five-spice and salt together in a small bowl. Rub each duck breast with five-spice mixture.
  • Grill duck breasts, skin-side-down, for 4-6 minutes. Flip duck over and continue to cook for 4-6 minutes, brushing with San-J No Soy Tamari, until internal temperature reaches 140°F for medium, or reaches desired doneness. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, San-J No Soy Tamari, olive oil and agave together until combined. Add radish, carrot, green onion and cilantro, and toss to coat. Season with salt, to taste.
  • Spread mashed avocado evenly over each tostada. Top with radish mixture and duck. Serve with lime wedges and enjoy.
Tip: Substitute duck breasts with chicken breasts!
Tip: Chinese five-spice powder is a common seasoning blend of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns and fennel seeds. To make your own Chinese five-spice, toast 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns, 5 to 6 whole star anise, 1/2 teaspoon ground clove, 1 tablespoon ground Chinese cinnamon and 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to spice grinder and blend into a fine powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

* The Gluten Free recipes that appear in this website incorporate a variety of San-J's products that are Certified Gluten Free. Please be sure to consider the other ingredients to make sure they comply with your dietary needs and restrictions.

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