Glazed duck breast with braised greens

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

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

Serves: 2


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.