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5 from 3 votes

How to cook duck breasts - the classical recipe

How to cook the duck breast in a pan so that it has brown and crispy skin, yet tender and juicy meat? How long should you cook duck breasts for? Pan-fried or oven-baked duck breasts?
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: duck breasts, how to cook duck meat, pan-fried duck breasts
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 283kcal
Author: YourFoodBuddy


  • cast iron pan


  • 4 duck breasts
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 3-4 thymes stalks


  • Wash then pat dry the meat
  • Score the skin in a cross-hatch pattern
  • Season with ground pepper and little coarse salt
  • Set to fry on a skillet, medium-high flame, skin down
  • Fry for 6-7 minutes, the skin contracts and the fat melts all the fat in between layers
  • Preheat Oven at 360 degrees for 10 minutes
  • Turn sides of the duck breasts. Let cook for about 1-2 minutes
  • Transfer meat in the oven over a lined with parchment paper tray
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes at 350
  • Take out of the oven and let rest for 5 minute
  • Serve with pleasure


Sodium: 139mg | Calcium: 12mg | Vitamin C: 15mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 618mg | Cholesterol: 174mg | Calories: 283kcal | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 10g | Protein: 45g | Carbohydrates: 1g | Iron: 10mg