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Pan-fried duck breast with pak choi & asparagus

Pan-fried duck breast with pak choi & asparagus

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Pan-fried duck breast with pak choi & asparagus

The perfect way to cook a duck breast

The perfect way to cook a duck breast

Serves 2

Cooks In20 minutes

DifficultyNot too tricky

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 248 12%

  • Fat 10.3g 15%

  • Saturates 2.6g 13%

  • Sugars 4.7g 5%

  • Salt 1.6g 27%

  • Protein 31.7g 63%

  • Carbs 6.7g 3%

  • Fibre 3.3g -

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 1 x 200 g free-range duck breast
  • 6 cm piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • ½ a bunch of asparagus , (175g)
  • 2 pak choi
  • 1 tablespoon low-salt soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  1. Score the skin of the duck breast at 2cm intervals, then season with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. Place the duck skin-side down in a cold non-stick frying pan, then turn the heat on to medium-high. Cook for 8 minutes without moving it, or until the fat is well rendered and the skin is golden and crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic, finely slice the chilli. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus.
  4. Turn the duck over and cook for 4 minutes on the other side, then remove to a plate to rest, leaving the pan of duck fat on the heat.
  5. Sprinkle the ginger, garlic and chilli into the hot pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until crisp, stirring regularly. Alongside, blanch or steam the pak choi and asparagus for 2 minutes.
  6. Mix the soy sauce and rice vinegar together in a small bowl to make a dressing, adding any resting juices from the duck.
  7. Slice the cooked vegetables in half lengthways and arrange on a serving platter. Slice the duck into thin pieces at an angle and arrange over the top. Spoon over the dressing and sprinkle over the crispy ginger, garlic and chilli, to finish.


Support your local duck farmers – look for free-range farms in your area and help the British farming industry. Free-range ducks have freedom to roam outdoors and the provision of open water, allowing them to display their natural instincts of splashing and swimming. Living a good life generally means they have better flavour and texture.

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