Many people assume duck is something one gets at fancy restaurants; and that maybe it is too inconvenient to cook at home. This could not be farther from the truth! Duck is an incredibly delicious yet easy to cook bird. In fact I prefer duck over any other poultry! Here are some of the best duck breast recipes on my site, perfect for your next dinner.
- 1. Saffron Risotto With Duck Breast
- 2. Duck Breast With Haskap Gastrique
- 3. Yakitori Duck Salad
- 4. Duck Ravioli In Beetroot Cream Sauce
- 5. Miso Glazed Duck Breast
- 6. Duck With Leeks
- 7. Duck With Blackcurrants
- 8. Hot Honey Duck Breast
- 9. Passionfruit Glazed Duck Breast
- 10. Duck Breast With PX Sauce
- What Sides Go With Best With These Duck Breast Recipes
1. Saffron Risotto With Duck Breast
Saffron and duck are two flavors that taste great together. So this saffron risotto with savory duck breast is a match made in heaven. Duck, medium rare with crispy skin sits atop a creamy and near neon yellow scoop of risotto. This recipe is so perfect for a date night.
2. Duck Breast With Haskap Gastrique
Due to the high fat content in a duck breast, it is popular to pair this poultry with something sweet or sour. In this case, haskap berries were used to create an astringent, tangy sauce to balance the fatty duck. This duck breast with haskap gastrique is an elegantly presented dish sure to impress.
3. Yakitori Duck Salad
This recipe calls for a duck breast cooked in the standard French method, but brushed with a simple Japanese teriyaki sauce after slicing. The yakitori duck salad has a base of arugula with candied walnuts and sliced figs for a fruity component.
4. Duck Ravioli In Beetroot Cream Sauce
This duck ravioli might not seem like a standard duck breast recipe, but in fact it uses the breast, the whole breast, and nothing but the breast (well, plus the pasta dough and sauce). This was one of my winning Valentine’s dinner recipes, and uses succulent duck breast meat inside while being topped with crispy duck skin chips.
5. Miso Glazed Duck Breast
One of the best ways to prepare a duck breast is with a miso glaze. This umami packed Japanese fusion recipe is so delicious, and surprisingly easy. You can go start to finish in around 20 minutes! The perfectly cooked medium-rare duck breast is brushed with a miso glaze and served with white rice and cherry pickled cabbage.
6. Duck With Leeks
A duck with a leek on its back is a saying in Japanese that means good luck has come to you. This duck with leeks dish is inspired by that saying (and the Pokemon Farfetch’d) for a delicious and umami packed dish.
7. Duck With Blackcurrants
Duck with blackcurrants is easily one of my favorite duck breast recipes – and one I make often when cooking for friends. The sauce is fresh and tangy, and pairs well with the richness of a well cooked duck breast. Surprisingly, this was a very popular 19th century dish back in old New York!
8. Hot Honey Duck Breast
Rising in popularity in recent years is hot honey everything. This easy hot honey duck breast has a great flavor profile and is sure to impress. I serve mine with some simple roast celeriac, but you can pair it with pretty much any savory side you like!
9. Passionfruit Glazed Duck Breast
Fruit and duck is almost always a winning combination. The tanginess of the fruit cuts through the richness of the fat for an extremely well balanced dish. This recipe for passionfruit glazed duck breast is a summertime favorite, and one which people request me to make all the time.
10. Duck Breast With PX Sauce
If you love the sweet yet savory side of sauces more then this duck breast with px sauce is for you. PX sauce, named for the Pedro Ximenez sherry that is used, is a rich pan sauce that uses the mounted butter method to get a thick and glossy emulsion. Paired with a perfectly cooked duck breast this dish is guaranteed to impress your dinner guests.
What Sides Go With Best With These Duck Breast Recipes
While these duck breast recipes showcase the main meat, you will likely want a paired side dish. My main rule with pairing a duck breast with a side is of course balancing the flavor profile. If the sauce is fruity or tart I like to serve a salad on the side. On the other hand if the sauce is salty or savory I usually go with something neutral like rice or potatoes.
Here are some of my favorite duck breast side dishes:
- Melting Beets
- French Whipped Potatoes
- Fried Eggplant With Honey
- Roast Asparagus
- Pickled Cabbage
- Sweet Potato Mash
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Brown sugar carrots
- Blistered Green Beans with Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette
- Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
- Dressed Up Baked Beans
Let me know what some of your favorite duck breast side dishes are in the comments below!