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How To Cook Duck With Illustrations  


How to prepare duck breast.Serving medium rare to medium slices of duck breast has been the rage in restaurants from coast to coast for years. But how many times is this same duck served with a thick layer of tough fat crowning each slice? I imagine the response might be "very often" . Maybe you thought that duck (or rather the skin) was naturally chewy and best trimmed from each slice prior to consumption.

About 10 years ago, I met Burt Culver, CEO of Culver Duck Farms. Burt has always had a mission to teach chefs how to cook duck breasts so that the meat remains medium rare to medium while still developing a beautifully crispy, and non-chewy skin. The whole secret is to cook the breast slowly on its skin so that the fat has a chance to render, or melt out of the skin. Once the skin has lost much of its fat, it will not only shrink in size, but will then become crispy. Patience is indeed a virtue.

Medium / High

Set the right temperature.
Season the duck with salt and pepper.

Salt and pepper skin

Skin side down
-approximately 12 - 14 minutes

Sear the duck skin side down in a pan for 12 - 14 min.
Drain off the excess fat.

Drain off excess fat as desired, until skin is crisp and rendering stops.


Option A or B:

A. Grill
Grill 1 Minute Skin Side
Grill 1 Minute Meat Side
(or as desired)

Grill them if you like.

B. Pan
Cook Meat Side Down
- 45 Seconds for Medium
- 60 Seconds for Well Done

Pan sear them if you prefer.
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