One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage

One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Duck breast is perfect for entertaining - it's easy to cook, readily available, yet not something you eat every day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal504
  • fat31g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein25g
  • salt1.16g
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  • 2 duck breast
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 600g cooked new potato, thickly sliced
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  • bunch flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, trimmed, quartered, cored and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  1. Lightly score the skin of the duck breasts, then generously season with the peppercorns and a sprinkling of salt. Lay the duck breasts, skin-side down, in a non-stick sauté pan, then place over a low heat. Leave the duck for 15 mins to brown and release its fat, then flip over onto the flesh side for 5 mins.

  2. Remove the duck from the pan, then turn up the heat. Add the potatoes to the pan, fry until brown and crisp, then scatter over the parsley and garlic. Scoop out with a slotted spoon onto a plate, then season with salt.

  3. Keep the pan on the heat. Fry the bacon until crisp, then add the cabbage. Cook for 1 min, add a splash of water, then fry for 2 mins, just until the cabbage is wilted. While the cabbage is cooking, whisk any juices from the duck with the vinegar and olive oil. To serve, carve the duck breast into slices. Fan out on large dinner plates, spoon a neat bundle of cabbage on one side, then pile a serving of potatoes on the other. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.

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Comments (49)

avray1967's picture

I followed the advice of previous commenters and kept the duck warm in the oven whilst I did the potatoes and cabbage. I used white cabbage as savoie is not consistently available here, worked fine, but obviously cooked cabbage as long as necessary. Truly excellent meal.

bethanygrotto's picture

I loved this recipe, I found that my duck needed a few minutes in the oven before serving as they were quite thick and needed that extra little blast of heat to cook them through properly, after resting for a good 8 minutes or so they were perfectly blushing throughout. A real hit, simple, and looked pretty on the plate.

bethanygrotto's picture

I loved this recipe, and it looked really pretty even with my limited presentation skills!! I had to put the duck in a low oven for a few minutes as it was slightly too rare for my liking but after resting it was perfectly blushing in the middle and ate so well. I will use this recipe time and time again for a fool-proof main course.

Jodysheff's picture

Can't rate for some reason but it's a 4. Would have been a 5 but just didn't look pretty on the plate like the picture! The cabbage went darker as it was cooked after everything else in the same pan. Put the duck in a warm, off oven otherwise would have been stone cold when served. Will def make again as it tasted lovely. Wasn't sure about the balsamic vinegar sauce but it worked. Shame the cabbage looked the way it did as it tasted lovely. I like a nice look on plates for a dinner party and this didn't have that.

philyflowerpot's picture

Loved the cabbage and bacon, however I think this dish needs a better sauce!

jen83's picture

This was a big hit for my dinner party. The cabbage was especially delicious. One thing I found was the duck took a lot longer than 20 mins to cook (and I like it quite rare). Will definitely cook again

Hawie's picture

This is delicious. I used mallard breasts and definitely needed one per person, but half a cabbage is plenty. I agree that there was not enough fat from the duck to sauté the potatoes - I added some olive oil. Timing was perfect for cooking the meat, it was beautifully tender. I boiled the potatoes the day before so they were ready to go, and they sauté better cold anyway.

littledigo's picture

I've just made this and it was lovely. 1 breast per person is plenty! After 20 mins of cooking the duck was still quite rare so be careful with your 'well done' guests. Not so sure about the cabbage but my boyfriend loved it

krisanee1's picture

Made for valentine's day and bf loved it. The only thing was there was not really enough duck fat to cook the cabbage and potatos.

jillrainey's picture

I love this dish. Its one of our favs at the weekend. Easy to make and delicious.

jillrainey's picture

Delicious !!!

mriancook's picture

Love this! It's a lovely weekend wife & I have a whole duck breast each though, not the slightly mean hals specified in the recipe.

terweeme's picture

This recipe is an absolute smash - and it takes no time to prepare. I use baby whole spuds parboiled and then rolled in duck fat and roasted in a gas 6 oven for 20 minutes.
I also pop the duck into the oven for 5 - 8 minutes once I turn it over - much easier - but not one pan anymore!

Crumbortwo's picture

This is a lovely dish that's very easy to cook. I was cooking for two and found that steps two and three took longer than ten minutes. If cooking for four, you would need a very large pan to sauté the potatoes as you want them all to benefit from being cooked in the duck fat.

My only gripe was the garlic. I love cooking with garlic but do not enjoy a pronounced flavour that overpowers other tastes. I had halved the amount of garlic as I was cooking for two and the potatoes were dominated by the taste of garlic. I would be tempted to leave it out.

I don't think this dish is very expensive. I bought two pre packed breasts from Waitrose for £8.00 and was lucky enough to find a packet that weighed more than the minimum weight. You only need one breast for two people so I froze one of them for another time. I could not have spent more than £6.50 for the entire dish. If I was cooking fish, the fish alone would cost more than this whole meal.

sandra242's picture

Made this for a 50th birthday dinner party and it was well received by all. I was short of time so cheated slightly and used shop-bought potato rosti but the overall effect was the same and the duck was delicious. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

emmagb's picture

Delicious and very easy!

billy776's picture

loved it, so simple to make and it taste so professional, gonna do this alot more often.

margokempy's picture

I'm new to 'Good Food' and to cooking but I tried this dish and it was lovely. Easy to make too.

Unfortunately I found that it was very oily and this was probably down to my cooking! I know duck is fatty anyway but does anyone have any tips for such a novice?

debh34's picture

sorry pressed the comment button and has said it has been reported, didn't mean to do that.


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