ffwD: Twenty-Minute Honey-glazed Duck Breast

Despite a recent string of ffwD recipes that elicited a less than enthusiastic response from me, it was a great change of pace this week to actually look forward to making one instead as I’ve never eaten duck before. My only experience with duck was watching Ina Garten serve sliced duck breasts over a salad with orange segments which looked rather tasty.

To my surprise, my duck breast was very tender and juicy. Though, I don’t think I let it rest long enough before I sliced it (as you can tell by the photos). And, I don’t think I stirred my honey, balsamic vinegar and lime juice glaze enough, but it tasted simply delicious drizzled over the sliced duck. I’m already planning on using this glaze in the future on other meats! The only minor downside to making the duck breast was that the scent of duck fat lingered in the air long after the meal was over. Though, the duck breast was too delicious for the scent to even matter.

To see how other bloggers whipped up this twenty-minute honey-glazed duck breast, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. oneexpatslife
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 04:39:52

    Yay, it’s so much fun to try out new recipes… at least when they work out. Happy to hear that this one worked out. Like you, I think this pan sauce could pair nicely with other meats as well and is a nice easy one to have in my repertoire.

  2. Quay Po
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 06:27:42

    Twenty minutes to come up with this delicious dish? I am all for it.

  3. Cher
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 06:59:34

    I think my house smelled like it for two days.
    Agreed – the pan sauce would be very lovely over a pork tenderloin – or even chicken.
    Glad you enjoyed!
    Have a great weekend.

  4. spicegirlfla
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 07:12:27

    I’ve not cooked duck before either and didn’t know about the lingering duck fat smell!! It definitely looks juicy and good!!

  5. Thu
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 07:39:08

    This looks delicious – I don’t think I’ve ever tried duck meat before, although I could be mistaken since when mom in law buys food home they all look the same. I know, apparently I can’t cook OR distingiush my meats! I’m awful…

  6. kitchen flavours
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:05:12

    Looks delicious! Quick and yummy! That’s what I like!

  7. Alice
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:18:53

    I didnt let my duck rest enough either! But other than presentation, taste was not sacrificed in doing so! 🙂 Thank goodness, right? 🙂 You are one of the only ones so far that I have read that has been looking forward to the duck!

  8. forgottenbeast
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:34:49

    Duck seems like an interesting thing to cook. I never had it before going veggie, so I guess it’s one of those things I’ll just have to admire from a distance 🙂

  9. saffronandhoney
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:41:34

    I love duck! The glaze sounds like a total success.

  10. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:41:37

    I’ve never tried to cook duck, I can’t remember if I’ve ever tried it. My dad use to trick us when we were kids to try to have us try different foods. One time he told me that the chicken I was eating was rabbit…..I said it tasted good but wouldn’t have tried it if he’d told me beforehand.
    Though I like the recipe for the glaze and like you will try it on other meat/poultry items!

  11. Eileen
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:43:34

    How come duck is “in season” everywhere except here? That’s such bs. Curse you, Corpus Christi! lol That looks great, and I’m glad you finally liked one. HA! I’m excited to make this one, should my supermarket ever get some in. I love duck.

  12. JamieAnne
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 08:58:53

    I tried to cook a whole duck once. It went poorly. We had pizza for dinner that night.

    Perhaps if I’d tried a breast portion instead.

    Looks tasty! Have a great weekend!

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:09:03

    Rested or not it looks amazing!

  14. SoupAddict
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:22:55

    I agree with you about the glaze! So glad this was a recipe you enjoyed!

  15. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 12:41:44

    I’ve never tried to cook duck myself. You are very impressive and this duck looks fabulous!

  16. Dessert By Candy
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 14:41:41

    I can relate…my house smells of grease and duck right now! Glad your dish turned out well and the meat is tender. I reduced the glaze for a relatively long time until it reached the syrupy consistency I prefer.

  17. TrafficDiva
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 15:17:50

    That looks so good!! “Quick n’ Yummy” should be the title of this!
    I’ve never cooked duck before…when everyone says it leaves smell in the home, exactly what kind of smell? Do you mean that when you walk in you take a whiff and never want duck again?!

    Do tell…….

  18. Alison
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 15:53:23

    I am vegetarian and even I think they look great!!! I love the colour you got on them. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Ronda
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 16:06:15

    That looks tasty!

  20. Three-Cookies
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 16:33:32

    Looks pretty moist alright. The poor afternoon drive crew are probably still waiting for their share;)

  21. ceciliag
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 17:57:13

    balsamic and lime sounds pretty good though!! c

  22. Simply Life
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 18:39:49

    wow! what an elegant meal!

  23. sara
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:22:57

    Looks amazing…so fancy! 😀 I was intrigued by this recipe but was sort of scared to try it because duck breast is so expensive…glad to see a positive review! 🙂

  24. Betsy
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 19:27:14

    It’s nice to look forward to a recipe. This one met all expecations, maybe even exceeded. Your duck breast looks fantastic.

  25. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:22:26

    Your duck looks so juicy and tender! I also couldn’t wait to make this recipe and it didn’t disappoint….struggling with the upcoming lamb curry but going to try it. Love that we all can know make duck at home and it’s not just a restaurant item any more.
    Happy French FRiday!

  26. Elaine
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 21:35:35

    I made this last night and I can still smell it. Just loved this one and I am glad that you did as well, although, you got a much deal on your duck than I did. 🙂

  27. Cakelaw
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 22:56:40

    I am with you – this was delish. Duck has to be cooked right otherwise it’s gross, but this was a great recipe. I like the sound of Ina’s version.

  28. Elin
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 03:26:48

    I can imagine how good the smell and taste is. Arrrrgh …I regretted not buying back the whole duck !!! but after looking at yours I am going to make this before Xmas …heehee can buy the whole duck back then…maybe cook this for Xmas. Great idea ! Have a nice weekend.

  29. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 09:36:53

    This honey glazed duck looks delicious! I’ve never cooked duck, but I’ve had it in restaurants, and duck always goes so well with sweet sauce!

  30. Liz
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 10:59:03

    Oh, I’m so glad your enjoyed and were successful with your first foray into duck! Your plate looks delicious~

  31. nana
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 12:01:19

    This was one delicious recipe. Having never tasted duck before, I was surprised how much I loved it. Yours turned out so well even if you think it did not rest long
    enough. Both Tricia’s family and mine really enjoyed it. I especially liked the
    glaze and hope to try it on other meats.

  32. Parsley Sage
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 17:43:18

    We love duck! This looks awesome, totally use that glaze again 🙂 Om nom nom!

  33. cooking varieties
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 17:53:14

    hi yummy chunklet.. wow!
    first time i get to read a recipe on duck,from blogger frieids.
    would like to really try out this.. best…

  34. JasmyneTea
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 18:26:05

    YUM, I love duck, but I’ve never quite had it like this before, and it looks amazing! Well done 🙂

  35. Kathy
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 18:38:16

    I love duck and was really looking forward to this one but I happened to be traveling this week so I plan on making it soon. So glad you enjoyed it…yours looks wonderful.

  36. Betty
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 20:10:08

    I’ve never cooked duck! Yours really does look delicious – I’d love to try this one. 🙂

  37. Life is Full
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:26:16

    I don’t even know where to buy fresh duck breast! Good try on yours and glad you found it delicious!

  38. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:35:15

    I was just watching a cooking show tonight where they were raving about duck, but I’ve never tried it before. Yours looks great!

  39. rebecca
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 08:29:43

    looks so good like a michelin restaurant

  40. Ameena
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 09:50:35

    I’ve never had duck either…not even when I used to eat meat years ago. Yours really does look like a restaurant quality dish!

  41. Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 10:54:14

    Never had duck…..your one looks awesome.

  42. Beth
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 10:56:30

    How wonderful that you were looking forward to this one! I’m not sure that duck breast does it for me … but your description is tempting.

  43. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 12:58:48

    I’ve had great duck breast out, but think I’d be a bit intimidated if I tried to make it myself. Yours looks delicious! BTW, I made your apple muffins this morning (took advantage of the extra hour) and they are amazing!

  44. Louise
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 20:25:43

    I absolutely LOVE duck and yours looks fabulous, Yummy! It’s difficult to get duck around here but when I go to Long Island (famous for duck:) I will be sure and share this recipe.

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  45. Kelly
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 20:36:45

    Honey, lime and balsamic vinegar – all the makings of deliciousness! Gorgeous glaze.

  46. Reem | Simply Reem
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 20:56:27

    God this looks perfect….
    I love the duck deliciousness going around on blog-sphere…
    Yours looks absolutely delicious…

  47. Tasty Mayhem
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 19:49:07

    I am going to make these and the stuffed pumpkin for me and D on Thanksgiving – leave it to me to be busy cooking other things the week everyone is cooking duck. We love duck and it looks like yours turned out great. Especially the pan juices. mmmmm.

  48. Trevor Sis Boom
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 23:44:23

    I think this will be my ‘cooks choice’ meal since I missed it and now I see I really want to make this.

  49. Trevor Sis Boom
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 20:52:08

    So I got around it. My trick was to drain all the fat out before deglazing. I think it made for an easier sauce. This is in ‘the rotation’ as we say at our house. Even thought that really means I will make it again next year.

  50. brambleoak
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 21:09:29

    I haven’t had duck in sooo long! Looks wonderful.

  51. C
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:41:08

    How wonderful to have such a quick dish that is delicious.

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