Duck Heart Yakitori

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Duck Heart Yakitori2021-10-11T15:06:42+02:00

Duck Heart Yakitori

  • CourseStarter
  • Preparation20'
  • Difficultyeasy
  • Gameduck
  • Calories300 - 400
  • ActivityRunning M 34’, F 46’
  • Persons4


G 450 (1 pound) duck hearts
mL 60 (1⁄4 cup) soy sauce
mL 60 (1⁄4 cup) mirin
mL 60 (1⁄4 cup) sake
mL 60 (1⁄4 cup) rice malt (koji)
mL 60 (1⁄4 cup) granulated sugar
N 1 orange (juice)
N 1 lemon (juice)
N 2 bunches of green onion


  • Start the sauce by adding all the liquid ingredients and sugar to a medium size pot. On high heat, boil to reduce by half. The sauce can be made in advance and chilled and stored in the fridge.
  • Soak the wood skewers in water over night to prevent burning. Light charcoal at least 15’ before grilling.
  • Cut the green onion into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Skewer the hearts with a piece of green onion in between each heart (3 per skewer).
  • Grill the skewers on over the red ambers while brushing the sauce on. The sauce will glaze and stick to the hearts while grilling. After 2-3’ flip the hearts and continue brushing with the sauce.
  • The yakitori should have deep char marks from the grill. Cook the other side for 2-3’ and serve.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and drizzle with the yakitori sauce. The hearts should be served medium rare.



Wine CouplingColli Piacentini DOC Pinot Nero Spumante

Other Info

Yakitori is a Japanese dish which literally means skewered grilled chicken. However, there are many variations of Yakitori and whole restaurants in Japan dedicated to the dish. It is cooked over charcoal and usually special charcoal called “binchotan” which burns very hot. All parts of the animal are used to make yakitori, heart, liver, cartilage and skin along with the meat is skewered, cooked and glazed with a citrus soy sauce. When I was in the north part of Japan near Sapporo I even had deer yakitori. Wild game hearts are often over looked and can be saved to make this great dish. Duck, goose and upland game birds are perfect to grill and serve yakitori style.


Kcal 375*

*For every medium-low speed running activity (8Km/h), the AVERAGE calorie consumption is of approximately 8Kcal x Kg x height, considering an average female weight of 60 Kg and an average male weight of 80 Kg.