Duck Breast With Cranberry Sauce

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Elevate your dining experience with a culinary masterpiece – Duck Breast with Cranberry Sauce. This sophisticated dish harmonizes the rich, tender essence of duck with the vibrant allure of a homemade cranberry sauce.

From the perfectly seared skin to the luscious, sweet-tart cranberry accompaniment, every element promises a symphony of flavors. Join us on a journey through the detailed preparation of this delectable recipe that transforms a simple meal into a gourmet delight.

Whether for a special occasion or an ordinary day made extraordinary, this dish captures the essence of culinary finesse.

Duck Breast With Cranberry Sauce


  • 2 duck breasts
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Preparing the Duck Breast:

  1. Score the Skin: Using a sharp knife, score the duck breast skin in a crosshatch pattern. Ensure not to cut into the meat.
  2. Seasoning: Season both sides of the duck breasts generously with salt and black pepper. Allow them to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Searing the Duck: In an oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the duck breasts skin side down and sear for about 5 minutes or until the skin is golden and crispy.
  5. Oven Roasting: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and roast for 12-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches around 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare. Adjust the time for your preferred doneness.
  6. Resting: Once done, remove the duck from the oven and let it rest on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Preparing Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Sauté Cranberries: In a saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, and orange zest. Cook over medium heat until cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.
  2. Finishing Touch: Stir in the unsalted butter to add richness and smoothness to the sauce. Adjust the sweetness or acidity according to your taste.


  1. Slice and Plate: Slice the duck breasts diagonally and arrange them on plates.
  2. Drizzle Cranberry Sauce: Spoon the cranberry sauce over the sliced duck breasts, allowing it to blend with the savory flavors.
  3. Garnish: Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for an extra burst of aroma.
  4. Serve Warm: Serve immediately, and enjoy the succulent duck paired with the vibrant cranberry sauce.

This Duck Breast with Cranberry Sauce is a perfect combination of rich, tender meat and a sweet-tart sauce, creating a delightful harmony of flavors that will elevate any dining experience.

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Written by Santana

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