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Duck Breast Recipe

There are many easy dinner ideas out there, and this Duck Breast Recipe definitely makes the cut. Not only is it simple to make, but it covers a lot of other bases. Mouthwatering? Check. Out of the familiar path of chicken and beef dinners? Check. Keto recipe? Check. And did we mention this duck recipe is simple and quick to make? Check and check.

Sliced duck breast on a cutting board.

Easy Dinner Idea

This Duck Breast Recipe calls for three ingredients and takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. It is unclear why meat as delectable as duck is in low demand in American households. Though popular in many restaurants, duck is usually only found in the freezer aisle of the grocery store. If people would read the duck recipes carefully, they would realize that most recipes of this meat undoubtedly earn their spot in the easy dinner category.

Pair this duck recipe with mashed potatoes or yellow pea puree to yield a delicious weeknight meal or a weekend dinner party dish.

How to Cook Duck?  

Searing the meat before baking ensures crispy skin. To get juicy and succulent duck breast, it is important not to overcook the meat and let the duck rest before serving.  If slowly cooked meat is your jam, try this Duck Confit Recipe for one of the finest and easiest French dishes.

Sliced duck breast and fresh greens on a white decorative plate with a fork.

Cooking duck is fairly easy! Searing the meat before baking ensures crispy skin and it is crucial not to overcook it!

Perfect Keto Dinner

This Juicy Duck Breast a perfect keto dinner recipe. Duck meat is a good source of protein, zinc, thiamine, monosaturated fat and vitamin B-6. Use pasture raised duck for optimal keto diet benefit.  Make these amazing keto side dishes with this meal:  Creamy Parmesan Green Beans and Garlicky Beetroot Salad.

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Juicy Duck Breast

5 from 3 votes

 A simple and delicious duck breast recipe, a great dinner recipe full of protein!

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: duck breat
Calories: 70 kcal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 Duck Breast
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Special Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet


  1. Prep & Season: Trim duck breasts from excess fat. Score the skin of the duck breast , without going all the way through to the meat, every 1/2 inch. Season both sides of the the duck breast with salt & pepper.

  2. Preheat cast iron skillet on low to medium heat.

  3. Sear the Duck Breast: Place duck breasts, skin side down onto the skillet and let the skin get golden in color and crispy. Turn the meat over and sear for 30 seconds on the other side.

  4. Bake the Duck Breast: Flip back to skin side down and transfer the skillet to 400F oven, for 4-6 minutes for medium-rare, 6-8 minutes for medium.

  5. Let Rest & Serve: Remove from the oven and let sit for 4-5 minutes, allowing the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. Cut into 4-5 slices and serve right away.

Nutrition Facts
Juicy Duck Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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  • Alla

    Marina, where do you usually buy duck?

    · Reply
    • Hi Alla,
      I used to buy it at Asian stores, fresh, but now I get a frozen one at WincoFoods.
      Hope this helps!

      · Reply
  • Terry Haver

    Hi, is this a wild duck that you are cooking?

    · Reply
    • This is a store-bought duck, so I don’t think they sell wild ones 🙂

      · Reply

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