Chinese Jerk Spice Duck Breast with Cauliflower Puree

  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Cranberry Compote:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup rice vinegar 

1 cup Myers's Dark Rum 

2 cups dried cranberries 

Cauliflower Puree:

2 pints (4 cups) heavy cream

2 pounds yellow cauliflower, cut into florets

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Fried Brussels Sprouts:

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 pound thinly shaved Brussels sprouts 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Duck Breasts:

3 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder

2 tablespoons cayenne pepper 

2 tablespoons garlic powder 

2 tablespoons onion powder 

2 tablespoons paprika 

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

2 tablespoons dried thyme 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

8 duck breasts 


  1. For the cranberry compote: Whisk together the sugar, rice vinegar and rum in a bowl, then pour into a saucepan. Add the cranberries and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until reduced and syrupy and the cranberries are plump, 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  2. For the cauliflower puree: Bring the cream to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the cauliflower and bring to a medium simmer. Cook until the cream is reduced by a third and the cauliflower is fork tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower and half of the reduced cream to a food processor and process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you want a thinner puree, add more cream.
  4. For the fried Brussels sprouts: Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer. Add the Brussels sprouts and fry until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain well and toss with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. For the duck breasts: Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Whisk together the five-spice powder, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, thyme and 2 tablespoons each salt and pepper.
  6. Liberally coat the duck breasts on both sides with the spice mixture. Grill skin-side down until crispy and the fat is rendered, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the breasts and continue cooking to an internal temperature of 140 to 150 degrees F, about another 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 to 7 minutes before slicing into 1/2-inch medallions.
  7. To serve: Arrange some slices of duck breast atop a smear of cauliflower puree. Top with compote and scatter fried Brussels sprouts around the plate.
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