cooking duck breast
May 08, 2019 10:48PM
I have been lucky enough to be given 2 duck breasts, have never cooked these before. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.
Re: cooking duck breast
May 09, 2019 01:36AM
This is what I do.

1. Sprinkle both sides with sea salt, cover and leave in the fridge for 24 hours. This makes the flesh more moist when it is cooked.

2. Score the skin in by cross-hatching with a razor blade, a Stanley knife or a very sharp knife. This will help to render the fat. Cut only as far as the fat and try not to reach the flesh.

3. Heat a ridged grill pan (preferably with a pouring lip) over medium heat. Have a heat proof cup or bowl handy to collect the fat.

4. Pat the breast dry and place skin side down in the pan. Leave over moderate heat for about 15 minutes or until the skin is well browned and most of the fat has melted out. You will need to pour off the fat as it accumulates (or scoop it out with a spoon).

5. Have a warm plate ready.

6. When the skin is crisp and golden turn the breasts over and cook for about 5 minutes. You want them to be rare at this point. Remove and place skin side up on the warmed plate and leave to rest in a warm place (a turned-off oven, or on the bench next to the stove) for about ten minutes while you get the accompaniments ready.

What you are aiming for is crisp skin, hardly any unrendered fat, medium-rare flesh. The saved fat should be kept for frying potatoes, bacon and eggs etc.
Re: cooking duck breast
May 09, 2019 02:35AM
thank you for that method, will give it a go - good to have cooking times.
Re: cooking duck breast
May 09, 2019 10:36AM
Your instructions were great, didn't leave for 24 hours but the breast was very succulent and cooked to perfection. Thank you
Re: cooking duck breast
May 09, 2019 01:04PM
Thanks so much for the feedback! Great to know that you are pleased with the result.
Re: cooking duck breast
May 14, 2019 10:37AM
Mmmmm duck, my husband bought some duck breaks on special once, we just followed the instructions that went something like this...

Dry the breast, pan fry to render the fat on both sides then put in a medium oven for 15-20 minutes from memory.
They were delicious. We did burn the skin side as werent paying attention and had the heat up too high.

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