What do you use to sear duck breast in a frying pan on stovetop?.

I was told to sear the duck for 15 minutes on each side and then put it in the oven for 10. Does this make sense? I wasn't told what to sear it in.

  • Posted by: kutch
  • January 1, 2012
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ReneePussman January 1, 2012
Cast iron is by far the best for duck. It conducts heat very well and keeps a consistent high temp for a great sear. I wouldn't use much cooking fat other than a little bit to get started. The duck will easily render enough fat to cook it in. You may even have to drain some to avoid splatter.
 
Poodleranch January 1, 2012
I use a non-stick pan, not too big or else the fat splatters like crazy!
 
Poodleranch January 1, 2012
I use a non-stick pan, not too big or else the fat splatters like crazy!
 
Poodleranch January 1, 2012
We pan fry our boneless duck breasts for about 8 minutes a side, then tent it on a board for a while before cutting into slices and serving atop a nice risotto. It comes out pink, but that is what we like. It seems like the times you mention are too long.
 
bigpan January 1, 2012
Score the skin first ! A thin coat of canola oil. Wait for Pam to get very hot then skin side down and reduce heat a bit. Check in the minutes, flip, then put in preheated oven until med rare (350F)
Save the duck fat - it's expensive and great with potato .
 

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Amanda H. January 1, 2012
When I sear duck breast, I use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet and very little cooking fat, just a thin coating of oil (grapeseed or vegetable) or butter. You heat the pan over medium high and add the duck breasts, skin side down. And yes, you usually brown both sides, but usually not necessary to finish in the oven, unless they're very thick. But the time will depend on what heat you choose, and also what oven temp you're using. 15 minutes of searing on each side is too long, though. Should be more like 5 minutes per side.
 
lindycindy January 1, 2012
I would sear them skin side down in a very hot skillet. Since duck is high fat, I wouldn't think you'd need anything else.
 
Beebs January 1, 2012
I like to use cast iron. Not only do I get a great sear but I can put in in the oven too. I have used both regular cast iron and enameled such as Le Creuset with great success.
 
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