Pan seared duck breast has been our go-to recipe for every date night ever since we invented date nights. It’s an easy recipe and we love how tender the duck breast can be.
This is one of those recipes that look more complicated than they are and that could be ruined in less than two minutes. The difference between soft, delicate, tender duck breast and a chewy dinner that nobody likes is very thin here. But if you follow our instructions, you will get perfect results in no time.
How to cook pan seared duck breast
Before cooking, pat dry the duck breast using a paper towel.
Slowly score the skin of the duck breast with a sharp knife. Be careful to not get to the meat. You only need to cut the skin, in a cross-section pattern. This step is important because we need the duck fat to melt, but you don’t want to ruin the meat.
Season the duck breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. You don’t need anything else at this step. If you need more flavor, bring flavor from the side dish.
Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Make sure the oven is hot when you put the duck inside.
Heat a grill pan and add the duck breast with the skin down. If you don’t have a grill pan, you can use any other type of pan, just make sure to heat it before adding the duck breast. Fry it until the grease melts. You will have to trust your instinct here. You don’t need to burn the duck breast, just to melt the fat.
Flip the duck breast and sear it on the other side for two minutes.
Flip it again and put the pan in the oven. Make sure the duck breast is on the skin side when you place the pan in the oven. Also, make sure your pan is suitable to be in the oven, handle, and everything. Avoid putting pans with wood or plastic handles in the oven.
Leave it for 4 minutes if you want it to be medium-rare. If you would like to have it medium, increase the time to 6 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the salad.
Wash the green leaves, dry them, and then season them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt.
Cut the figs in half. You can serve them raw or cooked. We recommend you cook them lightly in the juice from the duck breast.
Remove the duck breast from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Save the duck fat and use it to fry the figs in it.
Serve the breast with salad, fried figs, and figs jam.
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