How to cook duck breast – you’ve come to the right place to find the detailed recipe and tutorial (with lots of photos!) on how to make the best duck ever with crispy skin and juicy meat. Easy recipe, it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish, with so much flavor! Gluten free!
I love to eat duck. It’s surprisingly easy to cook, has so much flavor, and goes great with many kinds of fruit or berry based sauces that you can so easily purchase in the grocery stores these days.
Duck also makes an exceptional dish for a special occasion or a holiday, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. If you want something different for holidays this year – make this duck!
Here is the detailed photo-tutorial on how to cook duck breast!
Start by preparing your duck breasts for cooking. Make sure the duck breasts are completely thawed (if using frozen ones), and pat dry your duck with the paper towels if there is too much liquid from thawing. Use a large oven-proof cast iron pan, or use a large oven-proof stainless steel skillet (make sure that the pan you use has an oven-proof handle).
Score the duck’s skin in parallel lines or in criss-cross pattern. If you have a hard time scoring the skin in pretty patterns, don’t worry. You can hardly call this pattern below pretty, yet the end result was beautiful as you will see in the final photos.
Generously season the skin side of duck breasts with salt. Don’t forget to season the other side, although less so, with salt too! Use at least 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in an oven-proof skillet until the oil is hot. Then, add duck breasts to the skillet skin side down:
Cook the duck breasts on the skin side on medium heat, uncovered, for about 8 minutes, until the fat is released.
I used a stainless steel skillet, and I like to use a splatter screen which keeps the oil from splattering, while allowing the heat to escape.
The splatter screen is especially handy with stainless steel skillets and when you cook in a lot of fat. The duck skin releases a lot of fat during the cooking process.
After 8 minutes, remove the duck fat from the skillet, leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Turn the duck breasts over to the other side (non-skin side) and cook for 2 more minutes on medium heat.
Then, place your oven proof skillet (with duck breasts in it) in the oven (preheated to 400 F) and let the duck breasts roast for about 5 minutes, until they are medium rare.
Remove the skillet from the oven (wearing oven-proof gloves to protect your hands, of course), and let the duck breasts rest for about 7 minutes before slicing them.
It’s ready! Serve the sliced duck with the store-bought or homemade cranberry sauce – it always tastes delicious with the duck.
Cooking duck was super easy, wasn’t it? It tastes really good as is, but even better with the sauce for duck breast.
You can make your own sauce for duck breast, or buy any fruit or berry based sauce for meats in the grocery store, such as pomegranate, cranberry, cherry, or blueberry sauce.
If you want to cook a whole duck, then make sure to check out this tutorial on how to cook a whole duck.
Also, here are some ideas for great side dishes to go with your duck: