How to Make Duck Prosciutto at Home

Homemade duck prosciutto

Homemade duck prosciutto

I grew up loving salami and have been curious about making it at home. One of our goals is to have a dedicated meat closet at home to cure meats. We've heard that making duck prosciutto is quite easy without much effort, so off we go to buy a whole duck, removing just the breasts for curing and using the rest for a delicious roast. 

The process is easy but meat outcome will vary on temperature, which for this is best recommended at 50-60ºF. 

Homemade duck prosciutto (left breast is five spice and bay leaf and right breast is smoked paprika. 

Homemade duck prosciutto (left breast is five spice and bay leaf and right breast is smoked paprika. 

The finished prosciutto turned out fantastic. It was rich, silky, and had the perfect amount of glistening fat. I am so proud of how it turned out on our first attempt of making charcuterie. We already have plans for making the next duck prosciutto. 

How to Make Duck Prosciutto

Serves 8 people


  • Cheesecloth
  • Twine


  • one duck breast
  • Kosher salt
  • Five spice powder*
  • Bay leaf, crumbled*
    *or seasoning of choice


  1. Clean the duck breast and pat dry.
  2. Using a dish that's big enough to hold your duck breast, cover the bottom with salt, place the duck breast skin side down and bury it in the salt to cover completely. 
  3. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  4. Remove the duck from the salt, rinse and pat dry. 
  5. Rub the duck all over with five spice powder and crumbled bay leaf. 
  6. Wrap firmly in cheesecloth and tie up and hang in a cool, dry room for 7 to 21 days , or until the breast has lost 30% of its weight. 
  7. When removing the cloth and checking on the breast, you may see mold - it doesn't mean you should throw it away!  If the mold is white, it's normal If the mold is black or green, you will want to wipe that down immediately with a cloth soaked in red wine vinegar. 
  8. When you taste it and confirm it's ready for consumption, wrap in parchment paper and store in the fridge. 
Homemade duck prosciutto close-up

Homemade duck prosciutto close-up

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