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Home > Roasted duck breast with lemongrass and green onion

Roasted duck breast with lemongrass and green onion

Recipe Information

Servings 4
Preparation Time 15 Minutes (plus marinating time)
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Total Time 1 Hour
Difficulty Advanced
Main Ingredient Duck
Category Poultry
Meal Brunch; Lunch; Dinner
Type Appetizer; Main Dish; Side Dish
Cuisine American; Thai; Fusion
Cook Method Roasting; Stove Top
Diet Low Calorie; Low Carb; High Protein


  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tender bottom 4 inches only, thinly sliced

  • 2 green onions, trimmed

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce 

  • 1 cup light coconut milk 

  • 4 skinless, boneless duck breast halves, 5 ounces each

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine 

  • 1 tomato, peeled and seeded, then diced

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth 

  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped



  • To make the marinade, in a blender or food processor, combine the lemongrass, green onions, garlic cloves, ginger, and cilantro, and process until finely chopped. Add the curry powder, ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, black pepper, fish sauce, and coconut milk, and process to puree.

  • Place the duck breasts in a large lock-top plastic bag. Add the marinade to the bag and seal, pressing out the excess air. Put the bag in a large, shallow dish and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, turning the bag occasionally.

  • Preheat the oven to 400�F. Remove the duck breasts from the marinade and pat dry, reserving the marinade. Lightly coat a large, nonstick, ovenproof frying pan with cooking spray. Place the pan on the stove over medium-high heat until hot. Add the duck breasts and cook, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Pour off any accumulated fat from the pan and immediately transfer the pan to the oven.

  • Roast the duck until fairly firm when pressed in the middle and slightly pink inside and an instant-read thermometer reads 160�F. Transfer the duck breasts to a cutting board, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, place the pan over medium-high heat. Add the wine, and deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits. Add the tomato, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved marinade and the stock. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • To serve, slice the duck breasts diagonally across the grain. Arrange on individual plates, fanning out the slices. Top the slices with the sauce and garnish with the fresh mint.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 278 cal

  • Total fat: 13g

  • Saturated fat: 8g

  • Cholesterol: 110mg

  • Sodium: 495mg

  • Potassium: 582mg

  • Carbohydrate: 7g

  • Fiber: 1g

  • Protein: 31g