Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry – Sierra Leone Flavours

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You will love this easy West African Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry recipe. Slow cooked savory duck melded with the sweet flavours of sweet potato and plantain. What more could you ask for in a recipe? Recipe suitable for Gluten-Free diets.


overhead view of plantain curry in white bowl on a white towel

I have been at it with the plantain recipes again. Blame another successful Brixton market shopping trip. So folks, meet my West African inspired slow cooked duck, sweet potato and plantain curry.

Why You are Going to Loooove This West African Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry

Plantain curry? Duck? Sweet potatoes? Aromatic spices? This curry has all my favourite things in one big melting pot.

Seriously, think spice hit from the ginger, cardamom and curry, rich flavour from the duck and coconut milk and Sierra Leonean sweetness from the sweet potato and plantain.

And after only a little bit of work at the start, you simply throw everything into the slow cooker set it to slow cook and 4 hrs later you plate yourself a fragrant bowl of West African Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry. Excuse me whilst I run off to have another spoonful.

plantain curry with duck and sweet potatoes in a large white bowlTips for Making West African Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry

Now a word or two about this scrummy West African Slow Cooker Duck and Plantain Curry.

1. Brown the meat and fry the onions before cooking. Although this step is not necessary it really does lock in that extra bit of flavour and makes all the difference.

2. Make it the day before you want to eat it and let the flavours meld overnight. It tastes sooooooooooooo much better the next day.

a large bowl of plantain curry next to a large bowl of white rice




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Slow Cooked Duck and Plantain Curry - Sierra Leone Flavours

An easy West African slow cooked duck and plantain curry.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 14 minutes
Total Time4 hours 14 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: African
Servings: 4
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


For the duck:

  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

For the curry:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato chopped into 1.5cm cubes
  • Chopped scotch bonnet chilli to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 4 cardamom pods split
  • 1 jumbo maggi cube crumbled
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 plantain peeled and cut into discs


  • Combine oil and spices, mix in the duck and let marinate for 15 mins.
  • Heat oil in skillet, when the oil is hot, brown the meat on all sides over medium heat, remove and set aside.
  • Add the onions and peppers to the skillet and fry for about 5 mins until soft.
  • Then add in the sweet potato, chilli, garlic, ginger and spices and fry for a few minutes
  • Transfer everything to the slow cooker function and set the timer for four hours.
  • Add the meat to the mix along with the maggi cube, coconut milk and water, mix well, cover and cook for 4 hrs.
  • Add in the plantain after 2hrs and cook until the programme finishes, adjust seasoning before serving with some rice or keep for a day before serving.
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Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6060IU | Vitamin C: 52.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4.8mg

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  1. This looks amazing…but what cut of duck are you using? Is it duck breast or a whole, cut up duck?

    1. Yeap, now is definitely the time t get your self a multicooker and put it through is slow coking phases.

  2. This looks and sounds wonderful, great flavours and so easy in the slow cooker. I really do need to go to Brixton. GG

    1. Just to warn you Brixton market is highly addictive. And you should check out the multicooker. Way better than just using a slowcooker.

  3. 5 stars
    Bintu, don’t get me going with plantains. I start cooking up a storm, just like you ,when I hit the market and they are are on sale. With all the flavors going on in that slow cooker , I know it is going to be a tastebud sensation. Yum!!!

    1. Plantains are just too addictive. I will be going to Brixon next week which means a whole new set of plantain recipes again. And the Multicooker is a better buy than just a slowcooker as it has so many other functions.

  4. I love stews and curries as they are lovely home comfort foods.Could I exchange the duck for tofu or mushrooms something similar to create a vegetarian version?

    1. I don’t see why not Nayna. You would have to cook the curry for a shorter time though.