Glazed duck breast with braised greens

Rich duck breast works best with bold, acidic flavours – like those in this sticky, zesty glaze. 


2 duck breasts

large pinch chinese five spice

½ tbsp reduced salt soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

½ lemon, zest and 1 tbsp juice

1 tsp caster sugar

1 head essential Waitrose spring greens, shredded

1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed

1 small green chilli, finely sliced (deseeded, if liked

28g pack coriander, leaves and stalks roughly chopped

2 tbsp white wine vinegar


1. Remove the duck from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking. Score the fat in a criss-cross pattern; season. Place, fat-side down, in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes, until golden and the fat has rendered. Turn over; cook for 5-7 minutes for medium/medium-rare. Set aside to rest under foil.

2. Pour off the fat from the pan, then add the five spice, soy, honey, lemon zest and juice. Boil rapidly for 2-3 minutes, until sticky, then brush over the duck.

3. Meanwhile, in a large pan, warm the sugar with 100ml water until dissolved. Bring to the boil; add the greens, coriander seeds, chilli and coriander stalks. Cover and steam for 2-3 minutes, until just tender. Season and stir in the vinegar and most of the coriander leaves; use the rest as garnish. Slice the duck and serve with the greens, and rice, if liked.

FYI: How to cook duck breast

This cut has a layer of fat that needs to be rendered. Using a sharp knife, slash the fat in a criss-cross pattern; don’t score the meat. Cook, fat-side down, in a frying pan set over a medium heat until golden and crisp, spooning out the excess fat. Then turn the duck over to finish cooking. Duck should be well-rested before serving.


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  • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus resting
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes

Serves: 2

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,634kJ
Fat 15.5g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Carbohydrate 18.3g
Sugars 17.6g
Protein 44.1g
Salt 1.1g
Fibre 3.5g

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This recipe was first published in Sun Feb 01 12:03:45 GMT 2015.