Twenty-Minute Honey Glazed Duck Breasts #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Finally a success at making duck breasts at home. Thanks to Dorie Greenspan’s technique for these Honey Glazed Duck Breasts, I had a perfectly cooked entree! 

Honey Glazed Duck Breasts  | a Dorie Greenspan recipe

For a change, Bill raved about these  Honey Glazed Duck Breasts, our French Fridays’ selection for today, and I was the one who ate leftovers from the night before. I have never been a huge fan of duck.  I thought maybe it was the rare poultry…but Bill reminded me how much I adore sushi…which he can’t get his head around.  I must admit, though, that this is the best method I’ve ever found for cooking duck.  Dorie’s meticulous instructions result in a lovely sear on each side with a perfectly rare center.  Bill thought the honey and lime glaze was better as he continued to eat…but the boys felt it was too acidic.  An orange or plum sauce would have made this into duck nirvana.  I know I will be making duck breasts again, and this will be my go to technique…thanks, Dorie!

Honey Glazed Duck Breasts  | a Dorie Greenspan recipe

This Glazed Duck Breast recipe can be found here or in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.



  1. I’ve always love duck – and yes, Nava.K, especially that Chinese roast duck! – and this version sounds delightful!

  2. This was my first experience with duck, and I enjoyed it. I’m with your husband. The glaze was delicious.

  3. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says:

    Yes a lovely rare centre that you should take care to photograph quickly (clearly you did). I took mine outside (as I do with all my food) and it was cold and I faffed about a bit with the camera and I ended up with ugly duck 🙁 Glad you loved this and I am pleased I have finally found a way to cook duck for Neil that works (I don’t eat duck)

  4. Though duck is my fav but not my hubby, in fact he does not eat chicken, pork, duck and of course beef both of us don’t.

    Over here Lizzy, you must try the Chinese roasted duck, crispy skin and tender meat inside.

    That scores you did on top brought out a lovely zig zag with a nice color though the meat is a bit raw for me.

  5. Mmmm I love duck and this looks fantastic.

  6. looks moist and delicious!

  7. Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. says:

    This looks fabulous! It’s such an elegant dish! Your blog’s looking fabulous too! I’ve been out of touch lately so sorry I haven’t stopped by in a bit!

  8. Beautiful center – and other people ate it! Yay for you 🙂
    I used a tangerine fig basalmic – and I think it gave it just the kick it needed. This one was fun…

  9. Quay Po Cooks says:

    Just saw this at yummuchunklet. Still cannot get over such delicious looking dish is done in 20 minutes.

  10. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    What! 20 minutes? that is it? I am all over this recipe- wow, it looks so moist and sweet and delicious

  11. They look great! I have to admit I am a little intimidated by duck but if it’s twenty minutes, well that definitely eases my fear. 🙂

  12. I do have a fear of rare – but I must admit – its prettiness is so enticing and Dorie has never steered me wrong. With these darkening days – I do wonder at the photos – do you make extra to photograph during the day?

  13. I am so sad I didn’t have time to make this! I will try to find time in the coming weeks, as this is just the sort of thing I love. Yours looks delis!

  14. Cassie//Bake Your Day says:

    This looks beautiful and sounds so fancy! I love that it’s so quick!

  15. Grubarazzi says:

    This looks and sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it myself. The key is searing that fatty skin. mmmm.

  16. looks good

  17. The Mom Chef says:

    I’ve never eaten or cooked duck. Is it always supposed to be done rare like that? It looks absolutely amazing.

  18. This reminds me…I haven’t cooked with duck in a long time and need to to remedy that. Looks delicious!

  19. I’ll be looking for duck breast now in the future. I don’t think it’s exactly the most common thing in stores but I haven’t been rabidly searching for it either.

  20. See, now you got me craving duck. This looks yummy!

  21. Duck is a rarity for me, I will eat it only if someone else makes because of the fatty nature of it. Your dish does look delicious, so Dorie and you made a great team on this one. Have a super weekend!

  22. Really Lizzy you always amazed me, lok fantastic, lol, have a nice time, gloria

  23. oh, yum! This looks great. I love duck, especially when it is done right and this looks perfect.

  24. I loved the technique too! But your duck looks SO rare compared to mine! … wow! at least its tasty so the color doesnt really matter 🙂 great job! stunning photos, as always!

  25. Your husband is lucky to have such a nice wife, Lizzy. I really loved this recipe. I agree with your assessment — great technique. The possibilities for sauce is infinite.

  26. Looks like yours cooked perfectly with the nice sear and rare centre. I agree that the technique is reliable and spot-on. Mark of a good recipe.

  27. Three-Cookies says:

    Looks awesome, you have scored it really well

  28. Duck is a favorite of mine though I don’t get it often. I have to admit that while I have heard about it being cooked rare, I will probably stick to more well cooked but yours definitely looks very very good Lizzy! I love the combo of ingredients, rare, well done, medium, whatever 😛

  29. healthyfoodietravels says:

    I love duck so much, and this looks just perfectly cooked. I can imagine your hubby was delirious 🙂

  30. That duck is cooked to absolute perfection, Liz. Not to mention the amazing combination of flavors in the glaze. It’s no wonder this one is a game changer. The gorgeous photo really puts it over the top into the land of “duck nirvana”, a place that sounds so divine, I fear its power meeting my weak will as a vegetarian foodie. Noooo!

  31. Sue/the view from great island says:

    My husband would love it if I cooked this…thanks for posting it and giving me a nudge to make it. It does look wonderful.

  32. Definitely falls into the “unusual” category. Very interesting.

  33. Catherine says:

    Dear Lizzy, This looks perfect. Blessings, Catherine xo

  34. It looks great. You cooked it perfectly. I’m still a little too nervous to try cooking duck. I’ll have to build up my confidence first.

  35. Gorgeous! Rare, but great – I see the sushi comparison, funny how we all have our special tastes. Glad that you both like this. Congrats and good luck on the Food Buzz Nomination!

  36. Lizzy – this is perfect! I LOVE duck breast and it truly is at it’s most delicious when it’s rare. I’m guessing because it’s poultry and all the warning bells are clanging….but I ignore them and dig in!

    Beautifully done!

  37. This seals the deal, adoption is imminent. I am so floored by this one. Gorgeous, amazing meal!

  38. Foodness Gracious says:

    Fantastic looking plate! It looks cooked to perfection and you have one lucky hubby!
    Take care..

  39. 20 minutes? RR has nothing on you!! Great work Liz.

  40. seems very tasty, thanks for the recipe :]

  41. This duck breast looks great! I love how you cut the slits in it, great presentation!

  42. Your duck looks perfect, Lizzy! Did you make Dorie’s sauce? We just loved this and the sauce.

  43. Beautiful plating, somehow your meals always look like they could be served in a fancy restaurant.

    Happy to hear that your husband enjoyed this one and it was very nice of you to make it knowing that you would not. We all have those few foods which turn us the wrong way, I don’t think it has to make sense, just the way our taste buds work I guess.

  44. Cooking Gallery says:

    I love duck and your presentation of this dish is excellent! The last time I made something with duck, I pan-fried the breast and ate it with peanut sauce, it was great too!

  45. Vicki Bensinger says:

    It looks delicious. I opted out of making this since my husband dislikes duck immensely and it’s just the two of us empty nesters. I will have to make it for my sisters at a later date. Glad most of your family enjoyed it.

  46. Amish Stories says:

    Thought id say hello while passing your blog by, and i hope you folks have a very nice weekend. We are maybe a little past fall peek colors for taking pictures of our tree’s here in central Pennsylvania, but ill try anyway to go out one last time to snap some images. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  47. I’d be eating leftovers with you as I’m not a fan of duck. Your dish looks lovely though and I’m glad your husband enjoyed it.

  48. Baker Street says:

    gorgeous click! look at that rare centre you managed to capture!

  49. I’ve never really liked duck either, but this looks so elegant and how great that you can make it so quickly!

  50. Curry and Comfort says:

    Beautiful presentation Lizzy! I would never have thought to eat duck rare like that in the center.. very interesting! Hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂

  51. Angie's Recipes says:

    Looks scrumptious! I would never thought this just took 20 minutes to prepare!

  52. Parsley Sage says:

    I’ve only had duck once before, of the Peking variety and it was A.W.E.S.O.M.E! This looks pretty darned delicious too! Great FFwD 🙂

  53. Cookin' Canuck says:

    I have been eyeing this recipe in Dorie’s book because I adore duck. Now I definitely have to try it.

  54. BonnieBanters says:

    I can have duck in 20 minutes! I’m in…and with honey too! Thanks!

  55. A multi-dimensional life says:

    Wow…another gorgeous presentation, Lizzy! It really is a beauty and I had no idea it was so quick to make!

  56. My husband adores duck, so I will have to try this recipe from Dorie. As you know, her recipes are almost perfect, so I will take note of your comments and maybe change it up just a tiny bit.

  57. I have been looking forward to this recipe and was so sad that I wasn’t able to participate! Due to all the rave reviews, I will be making it soon. Lovely looking dinner! Your duck looks cooked to perfection!

  58. — I Love Duck, but have never tried it like this. I’d definitley would order this out!

  59. I love duck but somehow have never made them myself….
    This recipe looks so duck and easy…
    I am totally inspired to make mine.

  60. I’m not sure that I’d be interested in trying this recipe, as I’m not a duck fan. But how great that both you and your husband liked it!

  61. All That I'm Eating says:

    This looks lovely. That scoring made the end results look even nicer.

  62. Torviewtoronto says:

    looks wonderful I haven’t had like this

  63. That looks so good!

  64. See you and I would be a good team. I love duck and if you came across any I would be happy to take it off your hands! We’ll have to rock-paper-scissors for the sushi though! (Or just share!) I love the crosshatching on the duck it looks so delicious! You know, I did not know duck could be eaten rare. I guess I always assumed that all poultry had to be “well done”!

    I hope you had a good weekend!

  65. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    My husband is crazy about duck than me. I eat occasionally when the duck skin is nice and crispy or in a very fancy restaurant (which means I don’t cook at home)… oh my husband cooked duck at home once and it was pretty good but it was fillet not big chunk. Anyway your duck looks amazingly good! I thought it must be a lot of work to get it done but only in 20 mins?? Wow!

  66. Omg duck always makes my mouth water… this looks so beautiful and delicious and pretty easy too! Love it!

  67. Omg duck always makes my mouth water… this looks so beautiful and delicious and pretty easy too! Love it!

  68. Magic of Spice says:

    The duck breast is beautifully prepared…excellent job with this! I do not eat meat but my kids do, and duck is a favorite of theirs 🙂

  69. I’ve never cooked duck, but I’ve been wanting to try forever. I’ll definitely bookmark Dorie’s method, your duck looks perfect!

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