How to Cook Duck Breast
Mild and juicy with a subtly sweet, delicate taste, Duck Breasts are delicious any way you cook them. This simple recipe will help you prepare Duck Breast with tender, rich meat and crispy skin.
- Duck Breast
- Salt & pepper
- After fully thawed, remove the duck breast from the packaging and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Score the skin (across the entire width and length) with a sharp knife in diagonal, quarter to half-inch inch intervals, being careful not to cut into the actual meat. Rotate the meat, and diagonally score it again, creating a criss-cross pattern. **This step is incredibly important because it’s the secret to having super crispy skin and helps eliminate up to 70% of the fat while still maintaining tenderness and juiciness.
- Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Start cooking the breast in a cool, oven-safe skillet skin side down over low-medium heat (if you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can transfer the breast to a baking dish later on). There’s no need to preheat the pan or add additional oil because you want the fat from the skin to render out. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes until the skin is brown and crispy. Flip and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
- Once preheated, cook the duck in the oven at 350°F for 5 to 6 minutes for a medium-rare to medium duck breast. Let duck rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. The duck will continue to cook as it sits, but should still be pink in the middle.