Juicy Duck Breast

When prepared right, duck breast will have crispy skin with juicy and succulent meat. Overcooking the meat, will render a tough and dry duck breast, so one needs to take care not to overcook. This recipe will teach you how to make perfect duck breast.
Paired with mashed potatoes or yellow pea puree, yields a delicious meal that youโ€™re sure not to forget.

Juicy Duck Breast

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin


  • Duck Breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Special Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet


  1. Trim duck breasts from excess fat.
  2. Place cast iron skillet on low to medium heat.
  3. Score the skin of the duck breast , without going all the way through to the meat, every 1/2 inch.
  4. Season with salt & pepper both sides of the duck breasts.
  5. Place duck breasts, skin side down onto the skillet and let the skin get golden in color and crispy.
  6. Turn the meat over and sear for 30 seconds on the other side.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit for 4-5 minutes, allowing the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
  9. Cut into 4-5 slices and serve right away.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      · Reply

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