Easy Seared Duck Breast

Easy Seared Duck Breast


This seared duck breast is so easy to prepare and all you need is a cold pan and a sharp knife to have a fancy duck breast dinner at home. 

Easy Seared Duck Breast

This seared duck breast is so easy to prepare and all you need is a cold pan and a sharp knife to have a fancy duck breast dinner at home. 
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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 278kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 skin-on duck breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Duck:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Pat the duck dry. Using a sharp knife, start at the top corner of the duck breast and score in a diagonal line across the fat, being careful to not slice the meat. Continue slicing in diagonal lines, about ¼” apart until the entire breast is scored. If desired, flip the breast around and score back in the opposite direction for a cross-hatch approach.
  • Season the duck all over with salt and pepper.

Render the Fat:

  • Place a cold skillet on the stove and place the duck breasts, skin-side down, in the skillet. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook for 8-10 minutes until the fat has completely rendered and the skin is crispy and golden-brown. Adjust the heat as necessary to keep the skin from burning.

Finish Searing the Duck Breast:

  • Flip the breasts and cook for 5-7 minutes longer. Check the temperature at this point; it should be at about 135ºF which is perfect for medium rare. However, if you prefer duck cooked to a higher temperature, transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until desired doneness is reached. Rest the duck for 5 minutes before slicing.

To Serve:

  • Thinly slice the duck cross-wise and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Protein: 45g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 606mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 10mg

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