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Larb Ped Recipe (Easy Asian Duck Salad)

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Larb ped recipe, bringing you an irresistible dressing and the BEST of authentic Thai flavors. This easy Asian duck salad is full of fresh herbs, spicy red chili flakes, and that nutty toasted rice powder we all love. Perfect with some Thai sticky rice on the side.

Top-down view of larb ped - Asian duck salad in a white dish. There's also a red chili and a wooden fork, plus decorative flowers.

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What is laab ped

Laab ped is a spicy and refreshing minced duck salad hailing from Isan, the Northeast of Thailand. It’s typically made with fresh herbs, lots of spices, shallots, red chili flakes, and toasted rice powder.

Easy Asian duck salad

Spicy Thai duck salad is a dish that’s so unique, you’d hardly find it at food markets or roadside stalls – it’s usually a fancy Thai restaurants kind of deal.

But hey, the best Thai food ain’t reserved for dining out! With this Thai duck larb recipe, we’re bringing those one-of-a-kind Southeast Asian flavors right to your kitchen.

Larb ped with crispy duck skin, fresh herbs, shallots, and chilies.

Imagine the most perfect crispy duck skin and a bunch of fresh herbs like kaffir lime leaves, culantro, coriander, and scallions. This larb ped is gonna be THE BEST you’ve ever had, promise!

Mixing up the dressing is a breeze – just lime, fish sauce, and sugar. Throw in red chili flakes for some kick and toasted rice powder for crunch, and you’ve got yourself the tastiest duck salad ever!

Overhead view of Asian duck salad with minced duck, shallots, herbs, and spices in a white dish.

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5 Reasons to try this recipe

  • Authentic larb ped recipe. This is the real deal! And whether you’re a fan of spicy salads or more of a mild flavor lover, and no matter if you’re into duck, chicken, pork, or beef, this recipe is super flexible and easy to adapt.
  • Thai restaurant quality. This salad is SO good, it could easily be served in a top-notch restaurant.
  • Cold summer salad. A bowl of this is perfect for beating the summer heat. It’s a refreshing, low-carb bowl of goodness that’s not just delicious, but also packed with nutrients and fresh ingredients. Spice up and cool down those long sunny days.
  • Quick and easy. Traditional and delicious doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You’ll have this out on the table in no time! It’s perfect for busy weekdays when you just want something tasty without too much hassle.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Bird's eye view of larb ped recipe ingredients; toasted rice powder, red chili flakes, white sugar, fish sauce, duck, kaffir lime leaves, dried chilies, shallots, scallions, culantro, and coriander.
  • Duck – Duck brings a rich flavor, and we’ll be frying the skin to make this larb recipe irresistible. Feel free to sub with other protein or use tofu for a vegetarian salad.
  • Toasted rice powder – Khao khua is made by pan roasting sticky rice and crushing it into a fine grind.
  • Thai chili flakes – For homemade chili flakes, dry roast dry chilies and then crush them with a mortar and pestle.
  • White sugar – A bit of sweetness is needed to balance the heat and tangy flavor.
  • Fish sauce – The umami of Thai cuisine. It’s salty, it’s fishy, and it infuses our crispy duck salad with Thai flavor.
  • Lime – Use fresh lime juice to add a tangy, refreshing note.
  • Scallions (green onions), culantro, coriander – This trio of herbs makes the dish come to life.
  • Kaffir lime leaves – Don’t skimp on them, they add a citrusy aroma and flavor. Find them fresh or dried at Asian grocery stores.
  • Shallots
  • Dried chilies (optional) – For extra spice.

How to make larb ped

  1. Prepare the duck

    Minced duck meat and skin.

    Separate the duck meat from the skin. Mince the meat and slice the skin into small pieces, ready for frying.

  2. Cooking steps

    Instructional steps for frying crispy duck skin, cooking minced duck, and frying kaffir lime leaves and dried chilies.

    1. Fry the duck skin in its own oil until crispy. Transfer to a sieve.

    2. In the same oil, fry dried chilies and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant.

    3. Transfer them to a sieve to drain excess oil.

    4. Cook the minced duck meat without any oil and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

  3. Toss the salad

    Instructions for tossing larb ped salad in a large mixing bowl.

    To the large mixing bowl, add lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, red chili flakes, and toasted rice powder. Mix thoroughly. Toss in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

Duck larb tips

  • Avoid overcooking the duck. Cook it just right, so it’s tender, overcooking will make it tough.
  • To tone down the spice. Use less red chili flakes. If after tossing the salad, it is too spicy, try adding mroe sugar.
  • To make-ahead. If you make this ahead of time, add crispy duck skin before serving.
  • Taste test. Before serving, taste and adjust the flavors if needed. Balance the salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.

Kitchen tools

  • Granite mortar and pestle: For making the glutinous rice powder.
  • Mixing bowl: For tossing the salad.
  • Pan: For cooking the duck.

How to serve

Serve larb ped as a refreshing appetizer, side, or a main dish. Pair with Thai sticky rice or jasmine rice.

Thai lettuce wraps: For a fun and light meal, serve in crisp lettuce wraps. So good!

How to store

Store the leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. You can enjoy the leftovers cold or gently reheat on the stove.

Did you know?

This salad is not only popular in Thailand, but also in Laos / Lao, a neighboring country of Thailand. Laos larb is full of bold flavors.

Frequently asked questions

Is larb ped spicy?

This recipe is medium spicy, depending on the type of dried chili flakes you use. To adjust the spiciness, use more or less flakes.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, all ingredients are gluten-free. However, make sure to double-check the labeling of your fish sauce brand to ensure it is gluten-free.

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Larb Ped Recipe (Easy Asian Duck Salad)

Top-down view of larb ped - Asian duck salad in a white dish. There's also a red chili and a wooden fork, plus decorative flowers.
The best larb ped recipe, with a tangy/spicy dressing and refreshing herbs.
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course, Salad
Serving Size 2 people

Ingredients

  • 10.5 ounces duck
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted rice powder
  • 1.05 ounce mix of scallions culantro, and coriander
  • 3.5 ounces shallots
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • dried chilies optional, to taste

Instructions

PREPARE THE DUCK

  • Separate the duck meat from the skin. Mince the meat and slice the skin into small pieces, ready for frying.

COOKING STEPS

  • Fry the duck skin in its own oil until crispy. Transfer to a sieve.
  • In the same oil, fry dried chilies and kaffir lime leaves until fragrant.
  • Transfer them to a sieve to drain excess oil.
  • Cook the minced duck meat without any oil and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

MIXING

  • To the large mixing bowl, add lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, red chili flakes, and toasted rice powder. Mix thoroughly.
  • Toss in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Serve with jasmine rice, sticky rice, or in lettuce wraps.
  • Taste-test and adjust the spice if needed.
  • Feel free to replace the duck with other protein like chicken, pork, or beef.

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