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French Honey-Lacquered Duck Breast

This tempting honey-lacquered duck breast recipe is fantastically easy to prepare and it will create a beautiful showpiece entrée for your guests. Serve the duck with its honey glaze along with colorful steamed vegetables and a rich gratin to create a full, special occasion meal.

Prep Time

        Prep time: 5 minutes
        Cook time: 15 minutes
        Yield: Serves 6


    •    1/2 tsp salt
    •    4 tbsps honey
    •    3 tbsps balsamic vinegar
    •    Chopped walnuts (Optional)
    •    2 cups chopped or diced duck
    •    1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cut small slits in the skin side of the duck breast. The slits should be shallow without slicing all the way through into the flesh.
  4. Season the duck e both sides with the salt and pepper.
  5. Sear the duck breasts, skin side down for 3 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and flip the duck breasts over, cooking them for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer them to a plate and cover them with foil so they retain their warmth.
  8. Pour off the rendered duck fat and turn the heat up to medium.
  9. Deglaze the skillet with the honey and balsamic vinegar, scraping up the browned bits as the sauce cooks.
  10. Simmer the honey vinegar glaze for 2 to 3 minutes until it turns slightly thick. Season with just a dash of salt.
  11. Return the duck breasts to the pan, turning them a few times to coat them evenly with the honey glaze.
  12. Carve and serve them immediately, garnished with a drizzle of extra glaze and the chopped nuts if desired.

This great family recipe is thanks to The Spruce Eats at


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