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Perfectly Cooked Duck Breast: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to cook duck breast to perfection with this simple and straightforward guide. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, this method will ensure a juicy, flavorful duck breast with deliciously crispy skin every time.
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Gang: Main course
Cuisine: Belgian, French, Swedish
Keyword: duck breast
Kook Tijd: 25 minutes
Totale Tijd: 1 hour 30 minutes
Porties: 4


  • 1 casserole
  • 1 lid or a splash guard, suitable for the frying pan, to prevent splashing grease
  • 1 Carving knife
  • 1 kitchen tongs
  • 1 kitchen shelf



  • Remove the duck breasts from the refrigerator about 1 hour before cooking to come to room temperature.
  • Score the skin of the duck breast in a diamond pattern, without cutting into the meat. This will help melt the fat and crisp up the skin.
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  • Sprinkle the duck breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and place the duck breasts, skin side down, in the dry pan. There is no need for butter or other fats.
  • Cook the duck breast on the skin for 6-8 minutes (depending on the thickness and desired doneness) until crispy. Make sure that the heat is not too high to prevent the skin from burning too quickly.
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  • Before flipping, pour most of the fat from the pan into another pan.
  • Flip the duck breasts and cook for an additional 3-6 minutes (depending on thickness and desired doneness) on the other side, depending on how rosé you want them to be.
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  • Remove the duck breasts from the pan and let them rest under aluminum foil for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
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  • Cut the duck breast into thin slices and serve.
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The meat in the photo was taken out of the refrigerator an hour in advance.
It has baked for almost 7 minutes on the skin side, 3 minutes on the other side.
The meat then rested in aluminum foil for almost 10 minutes.


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