Duck breast

Oven-Roasted Duck Breast with orange sauce.


  • Duck breast
  • Orange zest and juice 
  • Brandy
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Honey 
  • Brown sugar 


  1. Lightly score the skins of the duck breasts with a sharp knife.
  2. Season both sides of breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay the duck breasts, skin side down, in a heavy-based large frying pan with olive oil and place over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook until most of the fat has rendered and the skin is golden brown.
  5. Turn the duck breasts over and lightly brown the other side for one minute.
  6. Transfer to a roasting pan and roast the duck in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes, then transfer to a warm plate and rest covered in a warm place for 5 minutes.
  7. Put the fry pan over a medium heat and add the orange and zest juice, stirring to deglaze.
  8. Pour in the honey, sugar and brandy, bring to the boil and skim. Let bubble until reduced by half. Check the seasoning.