Seared Duck with Pomegranate

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

Despite the promise of spring in the air, we are still freezing here in Munich! Nevermind, the cool weather is the ideal time for delicious rich and flavoursome food, like today’s recipe: Seared Duck Breasts with Pomegranate and Couscous.

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

Ingredients

To make my recipe for Seared Duck Breasts with Pomegranate, you’ll need the following main ingredients:

  • Duck Breasts: These are often sold frozen and they are perfectly good if so. Defrost overnight in the fridge for the best results.
  • Pomegranate Juice and Seeds: The tart, tanginess of pomegranate is the perfect foil for the richness of duck breast, and the beautiful jewel-like seeds add a pop of colour and flavour to couscous.
  • Couscous: Cooked in a little stock, couscous is abslutely delicious with duck and is light enough that it doesn’t fill you up too much.
  • Stock or Broth: You can use chicken or vegetable stock in this recipe.
  • Honey and Vinegar: Add a mouthwatering sweet and sour flavour profile to this dish.
Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.
Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

The complete ingredient list and detailed instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

How to Cook Duck Breasts

Many people are afraid of cooking duck breasts, but the technique is actually very simple. The skin is scored to reveal the layer of fat underneath, and then the duck breasts are gently fried, skin-side down, to render out the fat.

A great restaurant trick is to finish the duck breasts off in the oven, where they will cook gently to perfection.

Duck breast is considered red meat, which means it can be cooked medium-rare. I’ve included timings for both medium-rare and well-done in the recipe.

A quick note, don’t throw away the rendered duck fat! It makes the most delicious roast potatoes.

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make Seared Duck with Pomegranate in advance?

You can make the sauce and couscous in advance, but the duck is best cooked when you are ready to eat. Leftovers are lovely cold the next day though!

I can’t get any pomegranate! Can I still make this dish?

Yes, this dish is a variation on the classic Duck a l’Orange, which means you can replace the pomegranate juice with orange juice if you like. If you can’t get pomegranate seeds then finely chopped dried apricots or cranberries are tasty in the couscous too.

Can I use frozen duck breast to cook this dish?

Yes, defrost the duck breasts in the refrigerator overnight. This will give them time to come up to temperature before cooking.

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.
Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.
Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

Seared Duck Breasts With Pomegranate Recipe

Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.

Seared Duck WIth Pomegranate

Jay Wadams
Juicy duck breast served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Seared Duck with Pomegranate is a delicious meal for two or perfect for a dinner party. Serve with jewelled couscous for a showstopper dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Serves 2 Serves

Ingredients
 

  • 2 duck breasts, 250g ea.
  • 125 ml fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • sea salt and black pepper

to serve:

  • 200 g couscous
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ca. 500ml vegetable stock, boiling
  • seeds of ½ a pomegranate
  • small bunch fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp pistachios

Instructions
 

  • PREPARE: Take the duck breasts out of the refrigerator, pat dry and use a small sharp knife to score the skin in a criss-cross pattern. Season well with sea salt and black pepper then set aside. For best results take the duck out of the refrigerator half an hour before you plan to cook. Heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4.
  • MAKE SAUCE: In a small saucepan stir together the pomegranate juice and honey, bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Stir through the chicken stock and vinegar, mix the cornstarch with a little cold water then pour it into the sauce, cooking until the sauce thickens slightly. Season generously with salt and pepper, stir through the butter until melted, then remove from the heat and keep warm.
  • COOK DUCK: To cook the duck, place the breasts skin-side down in a cold frying pan. Heat gently for 15 minutes without moving, until the skin is crisp and golden and the duck fat has rendered. Place the duck breasts skin side up in a baking dish and roast in the preheated oven for 6—7 minutes for medium-rare, or 10-12 minutes to cook through. Pour the fat into a small jar or dish and keep for roasting potatoes.
  • MAKE COUSCOUS: While the duck is in the oven, prepare the couscous. Place the couscous in a saucepan, stir through the olive oil, then pour over the boiling stock. Cover and heat very gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  • REST DUCK: When the duck has cooked, remove from the oven, cover loosely with tin foil and rest for 10 minutes.
  • SERVE: To serve, fluff the couscous with a fork then spread over a serving platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, fresh parsley and pistachios, then slice the duck thinly and place on top. Serve immediately with the hot pomegranate sauce.

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Nutrition

Calories: 962kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 358mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g
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Course | Main Course
Cuisine | European
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