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What do duck eggs taste like?

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Created April 04, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I found a place today where I can get duck eggs, but I want to know more about them first. I've only ever had chicken eggs, and fish roe. No other eggs to base it off of. What is the taste I can expect. I've read the taste is "stronger", but I don't really know in what way.

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5509 · April 04, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Haha, I'm just waiting for someone to ask "what if some punk kids fed the ducks bread?" I ruined some paleo's eggs when I used to feed ducks breads. Oops. I've only had salted duck eggs, but it was pretty good. The yolk tastes a little different to me...it's a little more "dense" but that may have just been the way it was prepared.

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2049 · April 04, 2012 at 6:19 PM

What Firestorm says! Yum!

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20411 · April 04, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Tastes like chicken.

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2417 · April 04, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I've eaten a lot of duck eggs. This answer is spot on. I like them best for making ice cream because of all that yolk. They're a bit heavy for me fried, but my better half loves them.

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423 · April 04, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I'll try just about anything! lol.. I remember trying natto for the first time, super hesitant. But I LOOOVE it!! But I also like super gooey okra, so I think that's why I was so keen on it.

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423 · April 04, 2012 at 2:15 PM

While it is subjective, there are still usually descriptors associated with flavors.

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188 · April 04, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The taste isn't all that different, but, there is MUCH more yolk compared to a chicken egg, so some people can't handle them over easy or poached. Scrambled alone or with a chicken egg seems to be a favorite. The texture is different due to the much lower water content. My kids love gooey fried eggs, so they were a hit in our house. Good for you for trying a new food! It's surprising to me how many people won't even try a duck egg.

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2417 · April 04, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I've eaten a lot of duck eggs. This answer is spot on. I like them best for making ice cream because of all that yolk. They're a bit heavy for me fried, but my better half loves them.

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423 · April 04, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I'll try just about anything! lol.. I remember trying natto for the first time, super hesitant. But I LOOOVE it!! But I also like super gooey okra, so I think that's why I was so keen on it.

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12540 · April 04, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I love them. They're richer than chicken eggs, and if the ducks have access to a -real- pond, with water plants, the yolks will be such a dark yellow that they're almost golden orange! We love them cooked over-medium, on top of sweet potato-corned beef hash. YUUUMM.

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2049 · April 04, 2012 at 6:19 PM

What Firestorm says! Yum!

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5509 · April 04, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Haha, I'm just waiting for someone to ask "what if some punk kids fed the ducks bread?" I ruined some paleo's eggs when I used to feed ducks breads. Oops. I've only had salted duck eggs, but it was pretty good. The yolk tastes a little different to me...it's a little more "dense" but that may have just been the way it was prepared.

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364 · April 04, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I once bought a 4 pack of duck eggs and all of them were double yolk!

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298 · April 04, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I had ducks for a while, for the eggs and for the pure joy of them on the pond. (Honestly, I don't think there's another animal so happy as a duck in water... maybe otters.) The eggs were fantastic, just bigger and more firm. The shell is much harder. You really have to crack them hard. My husband only liked them scrambled up, but I loved them fried, too.

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11111 · April 04, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Only way to know is to buy some & eat them, taste is very subjective, its like trying to describe how chocolate tastes or how snow tastes.

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423 · April 04, 2012 at 2:15 PM

While it is subjective, there are still usually descriptors associated with flavors.

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5838 · April 04, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I think they taste much like normal eggs. The plus side is they're much bigger :)

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4359 · April 04, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I find that the taste and texture of the yolk is quite different than chicken egg yolk. They are somehow heavier than chicken eggs and don't taste as good, in my opinion. I do still eat (pastured) duck eggs but not for pleasure of it - I do it primarily because ducks pasture much better than chickens, taking a higher percentage of their food from grass and bugs. I find it's best to eat them soft boiled and I often mix the liquid yolk in with a salad to make a richer dressing.

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334 · April 04, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Yum - they're lovely. The yolks are lovely big, orange, creamy things. I can't get enough of them just now!

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