Duck breast with honey & soy sauce
This is one of my favourite recipes.
It’s easy to make and it will always make an impression! The only thing to consider is that duck isn’t cheap so it can get pretty expensive if you have a large table. I prefer to keep this duck breast recipe for intimate dinners (2-4). I usually serve it with a side of mash potatoes and some greens (grilled asparagus, green beans or whatever is available during the season).
Ingredients for 2 persons:
- For the meat: Duck breast, Soy sauce, Honey (or Maple Syrup)
- For the sides: Large Potatoes, milk, butter, (nutmeg + cream optional), beans
How to prepare the duck:
- Use a sharp knife to score across the duck skin and fat just about up to the meat. This will help the breast grill to perfection.
- Heat a little bit of olive oil in a large pan and start frying the duck skin-side down until the skin is gold and crispy (about 5 minutes). Turn it around and cook for another 6-8 minutes.
- Take the meat out of the pan and wrap in aluminium foil (let stand for 5 min).
- For the sauce, deglaze the pan by mixing the same amount of soy sauce and honey (about 3 tablespoons each). If you don’t have honey, maple syrup works really nicely as well.
- Slice the duck, serve in plates and pour the sauce over
How to prepare the sides:
- Mash: Peel and boil 4 large potatoes. Mash, add butter generously and add milk until you are happy with the texture. I also add a tiny bit of cream and some grated nutmeg but that’s not indispensable.
- Beans: Wash, remove stems and boil until they are tender but still crisp (about 5-6 min). Don’t cook them too long because overcooked beans look flat and sad…