Quick Guide

How to Cook Duck Breasts

How to Cook Duck Breasts

by SaltPepperSkillet.com

– Duck Breasts – Kosher Salt  – Freshly Ground Pepper – Canola Oil – Heavy-bottom skillet

What You'll Need

Prep the Duck


Using a very sharp knife; score the skin of the breasts then pat dry with a paper towel and season liberally with Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper.

Start the Sear


Drizzle a thin layer of canola oil into a heavy bottom skillet, then place the duck breasts fat side down and place the skillet over medium heat.  Cook on the fat side for about 20 minutes to render the fat and crisp the skin. The breasts should be cooked about 80% to 85% of the way on the skin side.

Flip the Breasts


Turn the heat down to low and carefully turn the breasts over. Finish cooking on the flesh side for just 2 to 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 125° to 130°F for medium-rare.



Remove from the skillet and rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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