Ingredient Name:  Duck Gizzards
Traditional Chinese Name:  鴨腎
What is this?
  • An organ found in the digestive track of certain birds, reptiles, fish and other creatures
  • It is used to grind up food during digestion
  • The gizzard is hard and small and made up primarily of membrane more than muscle
  • The taste of gizzard is closely represented by that of chicken liver
  • Gizzards are eaten as snacks, salads and in soups and is found in a variety of cultures and countries around the world

How do I prepare it?

  • The gizzards are a tough organ that does require cleaning
  • Use corn starch mixed with a bit of water to rub out any debris and dirt from the gizzards and then rinse thoroughly with clean water
  • If used in soups, put the gizzards in boiling water before adding to your soup

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase gizzards fresh from most supermarkets
  • In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase duck and/or chicken gizzards by weight
  • Dried gizzards are also available in Asian specialty stores


  • Duck or chicken liver is a good replacement for the gizzard

What is the cost?

  • A pack of roughly 10 fresh duck gizzards cost $3.00 – $4.00 CAD

Any benefits?

  • Often used in soups as a cough remedy

Any precautions?

  • Internal organ consumption should be done in moderation as it is a cause to gout