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The Best Way To Cook Duck:

Updated: May 14

Tired of turkey every year for Thanksgiving? Try out this duck breast recipe that will bring JOY to your guests!

We recommend the best way to cook duck is to pan sear on a cast iron skillet on high heat in unsalted butter until it’s medium-rare, then pairing with a tasty, sweet & savory sauce. 

Fun fact: Duck can be eaten medium rare as it’s a red meat bird. It’s to be cooked similarly to steak! 

duck breast with blackberry glaze

Here’s our recipe for Duck Breast with a Blackberry Glaze! 


2 duck breasts

6 tbsp butter

2 shallots peeled and sliced

1 cup Blackberries

2 tsp All purpose flour

¼ cup Bourbon - can be substituted with balsamic vinegar, wine, or brandy

2 cups Beef Stock

1 tbsp of brown sugar

1 tbsp Thyme

Salt and pepper

delicious blackberry glaze

  1. Pat the duck breasts dry with paper towels. Score the fat on top (cut in criss-cross pattern, do not cut all the way through). Rub salt and pepper into the breasts.

  2. Heat a skillet to medium high heat, throwing in 2 tbsp of butter.

  3. Place duck in the pan; fat side down until the fat is golden (10-15 minutes). Once golden, flip for another 5-10 minutes

  4. Remove duck from pan onto a plate or cutting board. Remove fat in pan and save for cooking another time (you’ll thank us later).

  5. In the same skillet, place your sliced shallots to the pan, occasionally stirring.

  6. When the shallots are brown and cooked through, add blackberries, bourbon (or subsitute), brown sugar and beef stock to pan. Bring to a simmer for about 5-10 min. 

  7. Once it’s simmering, break up the blackberries by stirring and smashing. 

  8. Tip: Strain through a fine strainer to remove seeds 

  9. Slice duck and place on a plate. Top with blackberry sauce

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