Tasty duck with orange

Tasty duck with orange
  • 4 servings
  • 0:35 Preparation
  • 1:00 Cooking
  • 1:35 Total Time


Add all
  • 4

    cara cara oranges

  • 2x 3/4 lb
    (2x 375 g)

    duck breasts

  • 2/3 cup
    (160 g)

    reserved duck fat

  • 1/4 cup
    (60 mL)


  • 1 Tbsp.
    (15 mL)


  • 3 Tbsp.
    (45 mL)

    red wine vinegar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • juice of lemon to taste



Cut the thin outer peel (zest) of 2 oranges into strips.

Cut strips into fine julienne. Put threads in a pot of cold water.

Bring to a boil; remove julienne immediately; drain and rinse.

Repeat this step two more times; transfer to a bowl and reserve.

Press juice of zested oranges into a measuring cup and reserve.

Cut 2 remaining oranges into supremes (segments with pith and membranes removed), squeezing juice from carcass into the cup of reserved juice.

Cut supremes into pieces. Set aside in a bowl.


Using a sharp knife, score the fatty side of the breasts, cutting only half-way through the fat.

In a skillet, cook breasts, fat-side down, over low heat for about 10 minutes to melt the fat.

Remove breasts, drain off and reserve melted fat.

Return breasts to skillet and cook, fat-side down, for another 7 minutes over medium heat. Turn breasts over and cook another 3 minutes. Keep warm.


In a saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until deep gold in colour, about 3 minutes.

Add vinegar and reserved orange juice and reduce a little.

Add reserved duck fat and julienned peel, and boil some 7 to 10 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.

Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice to taste.

Add orange pieces.

Slice duck breasts. Transfer slices to plates; spoon sauce over them and serve.

Source: Sunkist Growers Inc.

Recipe and photo provided by Sunkist Growers Inc. All rights reserved.

Source: Sunkist

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Aromatic and robust
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