This Duck Breast Recipe will have you searing like a pro. It’s the perfect dish to impressed your dinner guests this holiday season… you may even impress yourself!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 30 min

Total time: 40 min


  • 2 Magret Duck Breasts (about 12-16 oz each)
  • 2 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup good blackberry jam
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pat the duck breasts dry. Score the fat on the top of each breast, cutting down to the flesh.
  2. Heat a large skillet over MEDIUM-LOW. Salt and pepper the breast liberally.
  3. Place them in the skillet, fat side down, and render the fat for 10-12 minutes. A dark golden crust should form as the fat melts away.
  4. Flip the breasts and cook another 6-10 minutes for medium-rare meat.
  5. Remove from the pan and tent with foil.
  6. Carefully pour the duck fat into a glass container to store for later use.
  7. Raise the heat to medium, and add the shallots to the pan. Saute for 3-5 minutes to soften and brown.
  8. Mix the flour into the blackberry jam. Then add the jam, bourbon, beef stock, red pepper and thyme.
  9. Stir and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Slice the duck breasts thin and serve topped with blackberry pan sauce.