Grilled Duck Breasts with Hoisin, Plum and Ginger Sauce (Gluten-Free)

Grilled Duck Breasts with Hoisin, Plum and Ginger Sauce (Gluten-Free)

This entry is part 65 of 76 in the series Gluten-Free

Grilled duck breasts, fresh off the fire with my trusty Thermapen thermometer

While I am off in Florida learning about Char-Broil’s latest equipment innovations and fishing for our grilling cook-off, here is one of my articles I wrote for Char-Broil earlier this year.

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A backyard barbecue seems like an innocent event to invite your friends to doesn’t it? But if one of your guests is gluten-intolerant or has celiac disease, there can be lots of hidden sources of gluten that are hard to detect. The last thing we want is to have anyone get sick or have to go home hungry because we failed to prepare foods they can eat.


  • Grilled duck breasts, fresh off the fire with my trusty Thermapen thermometer
  • Where To Look For Gluten at a Barbecue
  • Any plain cut of meat or poultry is naturally gluten-free, unless they have added broths, seasonings or marinades, but ground or composed products such as sausages often contain fillers, which are commonly wheat-based. Going completely against common sense because they are marketed as “healthy alternatives”, most veggie burgers are crammed with gluten, but there are some producers making gluten-free versions (such as Sunshine brand). Sausages, hot dogs, and veggie burgers should clearly state on the packaging that they are gluten-free or I would recommend you avoid them.
  • Duck on the hot grill
  • If you are going to be making hot dogs or burgers, you have quite a few options to consider for alternatives to bread buns. There are good quality gluten-free buns that you can buy in some grocery stores (look for Udi’s brand or Kinnikinnick for example), you can wrap the dogs or burgers in lettuce leaves (use trimmed iceberg for best results), or offer them on plates to eat with a knife and fork.
  • Dry rubs, marinades, seasoning blends and prepared barbecue sauces can all contain gluten. Asian products and anything that contains soy sauce has gluten in it unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free (look for gluten-free Tamari or San-Jay brand soy sauces). Note that many products contain soy for its flavor enhancement or “umami” quality. Marinades made with beer are off limits. Make sure you read the labels and when in doubt, either leave it out or contact the company to be certain that they are safe for all of your family and guests.
  • Cutting through the fat cap in a diagonal pattern allows the fat to render more easily
  • Barbecuing goes beyond just what is prepared on the grill. You always have side dishes, salads, beverages, and desserts to consider as well. Of course macaroni salad is one of the standards that would not be edible by those with gluten-intolerance unless you make it with GF pasta. You can substitute a rice salad instead. Remember that bulgar, farro, spelt, couscous, and barley are all grains that must be avoided by anyone with gluten sensitivities. The good news? Homemade potato salad, tossed green salads, and baked beans are easy to make and if you choose to buy prepared, are usually gluten-free!
  • Ask your guests how careful they have to be about gluten. Each person varies in their degree of sensitivity. Some people, like me, do not have to be as careful about cross contamination, but others can become sick for days or even hospitalized when ANY gluten brushes against foods they are eating. Look to your guests to help guide you on what they can and cannot have to eat and ALWAYS read the labels looking for hidden gluten!
  • Allow all proteins to rest, covered loosely with foil, to finish cooking off the heat.
  • If you need more information on specific ingredients to avoid, recipes for alternate flours and how they can be used in baking, and additional information that I have gathered, please click on the “Gluten-Free” tab at the top of the page.
  • Today I am sharing a wonderful recipe for grilled duck breasts seasoned with an Asian-inspired sauce that is safe for those with Celiac or gluten-intolerance.
  • Gluten-Free Tips:
  • As stated above, most soy sauces and other Asian sauces do contain wheat or other gluten products. Make certain you purchase gluten-free sauces and ingredients or make your own where you can control the ingredients better.
  • Sliced grilled duck ready to serve!
  • Grilled Duck Breasts with Hoisin, Plum, and Ginger Sauce (GF option)
  • © 2012 Jane Evans Bonacci, The Heritage Cook® All rights reserved
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • 1/2 cup Mirin, dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce (or make your own gluten-free version, recipe follows)
  • 1 tbsp plum jam
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated or 2 tsp ginger juice
  • Several drop of Sriracha, optional
  • 4 boneless duck breasts
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Read the whole recipe on The Heritage Cook