One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage

One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage

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(56 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


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 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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12th Nov, 2010
I made this for a dinner party - everyone loved it. I would certainly recommend. Use lots of balsamic vinger to fry your savoy cabbage.
4th Oct, 2010
I made this and really enjoyed it, my only problem was cooking the duck properly, I was worried about it not being cooked through, but I think that was mainly as it was my first time cooking duck. We'll be having this again.
7th Aug, 2010
I just wanted to make clear that I boiled them but I still fried them in the pan.
7th Aug, 2010
I substituted the bacon with Chorizo which was enjoyed by all. I boiled the sliced potatoes and then left to cool in cold water so that they would be softer. The recipe suggests 2 duck breasts between four but I used 4. I asked my guests would they have been pleased with sharing 2 and they all agreed 4 was better. This was an excellent dish. One I shall be impressing many more guests with. I used the asparagus, mozzarella parcel starter which is also hugely impressive and so easy. It made me look as if I could be on Masterchef! Once all your ingredients are ready - it just looks like something you just knocked up effortlessly! It's also a good main course than be started off cooking as you serve the starter and can then be left whilst you eat the starter. I cannot recommend this dish enough!
20th Jul, 2010
Easy and delicious. The saltiness of the bacon goes really well with the sweetness of the cabbage.
25th Jun, 2010
Can anyone tell me if this recipe would work with chicken? (I don't eat duck.)
12th May, 2010
This is a fabulously easy tasty recipe to follow. I did it for my husband and tomorrow, I'm doing it for my Dad although he doesn't know it yet!! My husband loved it and I know my Dad will too.
22nd Nov, 2009
Very easy and tasty. I changed flat-leaf parsley to coriander, and it worked well to add a different flavour.
20th Oct, 2009
Lovely recipe, cooked for my husband's bithday went down very well. The duck especially was cooked perfectly. Will definately try for a small dinner party.
10th Oct, 2009
Good dish to cook-very easy I cooked Gordon Ramsay's red wine and shallot sauce to accompany it-worked very well


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