Are you looking for a delicious, yet simple way to cook duck breast? If so, look no further! In this blog post, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to cook duck breast using the pan-roast and pan-sear method.

Besides, I’ll also share some ideas on what to serve with duck breast. So whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a special someone, follow along and learn how to make this mouthwatering dish!

Trim any excess fat or skin from the edges of the duck breast, leaving a thin layer for flavor and crispy texture.

Check for any remaining feather shafts or quills on the skin and remove them using tweezers.

Use a sharp knife to score the skin of the duck breast in a crosshatch pattern. Make diagonal cuts across the skin about 1/2 inch apart, and then make another set of cuts perpendicular to the first set, creating a diamond pattern. Be careful not to cut into the meat.

Generously season both sides of the duck breast with salt and pepper. You can also add other herbs and spices for additional flavor. Common choices include thyme, rosemary, garlic, or a spice rub.

2. How To Cook Duck Breast


  • 2 duck breasts (prepared)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the prepared duck breasts to the skillet, skin-side down. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden brown.

Flip the duck breasts over and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the duck breasts reaches 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare or 145°F (63°C) for medium.

Remove the duck breasts from the skillet and let them rest for 5 minutes.

While the duck breasts are resting, add the orange juice, chicken broth, honey, Dijon mustard, and orange zest to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce until it has thickened to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the duck breasts and serve with the orange sauce drizzled over the top.

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Roasted vegetables: roasted carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, or roasted asparagus make great side dishes for duck breast. The natural sweetness of the vegetables complements the savory flavor of the meat.

Potatoes: Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, or potato gratin are all excellent options to serve alongside duck breast. The creamy and starchy texture of the potatoes complements the richness of the meat.

Rice: Serve duck breast with wild rice, risotto, or pilaf for a hearty and satisfying meal. The rice helps to balance out the flavors of the duck and adds an extra dimension of texture to the dish.

Green salad: A light and refreshing salad can help to balance out the richness of the duck breast. Arugula, spinach, or mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette make great options.

After reading our article, have you memorized all the steps to cookduck breast? If you still don’t feel confident cooking, you can reread this recipe again. Good luck.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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