Pan Roasted Duck Breast

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
30 min
5 min
1 hr 45 min

6 servings

  • 3 Muscovy duck breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Serving suggestion: Potato Rosti and Blueberry Green Peppercorn Chutney, recipes follow
  • Special equipment: heavy bottomed ovenproof skillet
  • Potato Rosti:
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Duck fat, for frying
  • Special equipment: a 6-inch cast iron pan
  • Blueberry Green Peppercorn Chutney:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup green peppercorns *
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • * Can be found at specialty food stores.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • With a sharp knife score the fat of the duck breasts in a criss-cross pattern. Season the duck with salt and pepper. Warm a heavy bottomed ovenproof skillet over medium heat.

  • Place the duck breasts, fat side down, in the skillet to render off the fat, about 6 minutes. Reserve rendered duck fat. Turn the duck breasts over and sear for 1 minute. Turn the fat side down again and place the skillet into the oven to roast for 7 to 9 minutes, until breasts are medium rare. Let the duck breasts rest for 5 minutes then thinly slice.

Potato Rosti:
  • Grate the potatoes and squeeze out excess liquid using your hands. Toss the potatoes with the melted butter, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of duck fat in a 6-inch cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Press some of the potato mixture into the hot pan to make a 1/4-inch thick cake. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the rosti is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip the rosti in the pan and add more duck fat. Continue cooking until golden and crisp. Place the finished rosti onto an unlined baking sheet and continue cooking the rest of the potato mixture. Reheat rosti in a 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

Blueberry Green Peppercorn Chutney:
  • Combine the brown sugar, raspberry vinegar, red wine vinegar, and white wine vinegar in a medium pot. Place over medium-low heat and stir to dissolve the brown sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Add the blueberries, onion, green peppercorns, lemon juice, and ginger. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.

  • The chutney will keep for several weeks stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

  • Yield: 2 cups

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I have made this twice to rave reviews. A few important notes:<div>** Use a teaspoon each of salt and pepper in the rosti potatoes, not a tablespoon</div><div>** Use brined green peppercorns rather than dried green peppercorns</div><div>** Order of events:</div><div>     1. Make chutney first, then prepare other items while it is reducing/thickening.</div><div>     2. Grate potatoes and seal in Ziploc bag to keep from browning.</div><div>     3. Render duck fat and sear other side of duck breasts. Set aside.</div><div>     4. Make rosti potatoes in nonstick pan or well-used cast iron pan. Set aside.</div><div>     5. Put duck breasts in oven, then 5 minutes later put potatoes in oven on a baking sheet.</div><div><br /></div><div>This dinner is superb with a spinach salad and Pinot noir.</div><div><br /></div><div><br /><div><br /></div></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! I left out the raspberry vinegar. The sauce was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The rosti was so salty that it was almost inedible. I'm sure, as another reviewer pointed out, that it is supposed to be 1 tsp of salt, not 1 tbsp Not sure if I did anything wrong on the chutney, but it was so inedible that I ended up not serving it. The flavor is fine, but you end up chewing on the whole green peppercorns [and yes, I got real green peppercorns from Penzey's] Make sure that you read through the recipe very carefully! It says that it takes 2.5 hrs, and the very first instruction is to cook the duck breast, which only takes around 15 minutes or so to cook! Instead: 1. Do the prep for the rosti-- grate the potatoes, dry them, and put them in a ziploc bag (so they don't get brown). 2. Render the duck fat. 3. Sear the other side of the duck breasts. 4. Cook the rosti, both sides. 5. Put the duck in the oven. 6. 5 minutes later, put the rosti (on a baking sheet) in. [and, skip the chutney altogether!] item not reviewed by moderator and published
This had great flavor. The chutney was awesome. I accidentally overcooked the duck breasts, but they were still moist and flavorful. The only thing I wish is that the recipe had said what to do to keep the skins from getting soggy while they rest. I guess I should have taken the breasts out of the pan so they didn't sit in the juices, but unfortunately I didn't realize that until it was too late. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I want so much to give this five stars but there is a huge error in the recipe. The duck and the chutney turned out perfect (I did substitute capers for the peppercorns just because that was what was available). I can't rave enough how delicious they were. However, the potato rosti had way, way too much salt and pepper. I think the volume should be teaspoon, not tablespoon, for the salt and pepper. I'm actually angry at wasting the delicious duck fat for something that ended up being inedible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. I made the chutney and it was fantastic. I didn't have green peppercorns and substituted capers and turned out very well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The potato fried in rendered duck fat is nice, better to not skip this. I made a chutney with apple and 10 yr old balsamic vinegar, because I didn't have any blueberries. When you're looking for something different it's worth a try. I'll be cooking like this again. I can also see this working with smoked olive oil topped with blood orange salsa, and I will try this recipe with the blueberry. I know how that will'll be great. Again I was impressed enough to give it a nod.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have fixed this recipe several times as well as several other duck breast recipes. I always come back to this one because it is my favorite. It is what I am fixing for Thanksgiving. It's flavorful and the chutney really makes it unique. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I want to try this, but I'm worried about the peppercorns. Do they soften in cooking? I can't imagine 1/4 cup of peppercorns in anything. item not reviewed by moderator and published
never cooked duck before, but this turned out very good. all i can say is yum. didnt try the potatoes or chutnet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have cooked ducks a hundred times, but never was it this amazingly perfect. I used a Mary's farms air cooled fresh duck breasts and added while salting a little fresh pan roasted then ground Szechuan peppercorns and some dried thyme to the breast. I made the chutney per the recipe and roasted root vegetables; purple potatoes, parsnips, carrot, beets, garlic and fennel in duck fat at 400 degrees while cooking the chutney. I really think it is the trio of good quality vinegars that really make this dish so outstanding. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The duck comes out exactly medium rare and incredibly moist, just let it rest, the taters were great item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used the cooking instructions for the duck breast, in this recipe, several times now. (have not tried the potatoes or chutnet yet) The duck turns out perfectly cooked every time. It is easy, quick and the presentation is very nice. Tonight I also seasoned the duck with Emeril's creole seasoning before cooking the duck. Very tasty. This is a foolproof recipe for cooking duck. It gets my highest rating of 5 stars!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They don't really soften. Barely enough for you to crunch through with your teeth. However, the chutney is fabulous (we just had it again for dinner tonight) and the recipe make several servings which freeze perfectly. <br /><br />When I make this again, I will send the peppercorns through either my pepper grinder set to course, or a few pulses in the food processor. If grinding increases the intensity of the peppercorns, I think you can easily reduce the amount by half and still have plenty of that flavor. Much better than fishing around for whole corns while you are trying to eat.<br /><br />I also think the chutney would go nicely with red meat or even pork. I broke down the extra into roughly 2 cup servings, which is far too much for 2 people. Next time I will do 1 cup per 2 people. That way I will be able to enjoy it a few more times a year without having to make it again. When you make the recipe as directed, it makes 4-6 cups, which is great because it's the gift that keeps giving. Don't be afraid, it is delicious!! <br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would suggest crushing the peppercorns, I cooked the chutney for roughly 60 minutes because I used frozen berries so it took a while to reduce. I still found the peppercorns a bit hard, so the next time I crushed them using a pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published