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Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce Recipe

If you love fatty meat, duck breast is one of the easiest treats you can indulge in: a rich cap of delicious fat just under a crispy layer of skin and a nice layer of tender meat underneath that.

Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce

Here, it’s topped off with some warm grapes, cooked just until they’re juicy and warm. If you’ve only ever had grapes at room temperature or below, give this one a try!

On top of being delicious, duck is also very healthy from a Paleo perspective. The fat quality is high, better than other birds like chicken or turkey. And it’s got an impressive micronutrient content, notably the antioxidant mineral selenium. (What, you thought fruits and vegetables had a monopoly on antioxidants? Think again!)

This recipe looks more appealing to a grown-up palate, but kids might really like it. It’s got that sweet-fat combo from the grapes and the duck, and everyone loves crispy skin. Try it with some sweet potato fries, maybe with homemade ketchup on the side; it’s great for a fancy dinner that’s also family-friendly.

Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce Recipe

SERVES: 4 PREP: 15 min COOK: 25 min

Ingredients

Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce Recipe Preparation

Preparation

  1. Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin into a diamond pattern, and season to taste.
  2. Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the duck, skin side down, to the skillet and cook until the skin is browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Turn the duck breasts over. Cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or to the desired doneness, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the shallots to the skillet and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the duck stock, and scrape the bottom of the pan making sure to get all the brown bits.
  6. Bring to a boil until reduced, and add the balsamic vinegar.
  7. Add the grapes and cook until they split and let their juices out.
  8. Season the sauce to taste. Slice the duck and serve topped with the grape sauce.
Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce Recipe
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Pan-Fried Duck Breasts With Grape Sauce Recipe

Sweet grapes and luxurious fatty duck breasts: this is a fancy dinner that kids and grown-ups will all love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword duck, duck breasts, grape, grape sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 208kcal
Cost 10

Ingredients

  • 2 duck breasts with boneless and skin-on
  • 2 shallots finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken or duck stock
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 24 seedless red grapes
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin into a diamond pattern, and season to taste.
    2 duck breasts with
  • Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
    Cooking fat
  • Add the duck, skin side down, to the skillet and cook until the skin is browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Turn the duck breasts over. Cook for another 6 to 8 minutes or to the desired doneness, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Add the shallots to the skillet and cook until soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the duck stock, and scrape the bottom of the pan making sure to get all the brown bits.
    2 shallots, 1 1/2 cup chicken or duck stock
  • Bring to a boil until reduced, and add the balsamic vinegar.
    2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Add the grapes and cook until they split and let their juices out.
    24 seedless red grapes
  • Season the sauce to taste. Slice the duck and serve topped with the grape sauce.
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 6mg