Duck Breast with Chipotle-Lime Cucumber Relish

August 22, 2012

Author Notes: I was looking for a different, more summery spin on duck breast. Took me a while to get it right. A touch of jam plays down the acidity of the relish and makes the dish come together.QueenSashy

Serves: 4


  • 2 12-oz duck breasts with skin
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 medium Kirby cucumbers, diced
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon Chipotle sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 small garlic cloves finely grated or chopped
  • 4 teaspoons fig or tomato jam
In This Recipe


  1. Score the duck skin in a cross-hatch pattern. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast iron skillet. Add the duck breasts, skin side down, and cook over moderately low heat until most of the fat has been rendered, for about 8 minutes. Increase the heat to moderate and cook the duck breasts until the skin is browned and crisp, about 4 minutes. Turn the duck breasts and cook them until they are medium-rare, about 3-4 minutes longer. Transfer the duck breasts to a carving board, skin side up, and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Reserve four tablespoons of duck fat from the skillet. In a bowl, stir the duck fat with the lime zest, lime juice, Tabasco, honey and garlic and season lightly with salt. Add cucumbers.
  3. Slice the duck breasts crosswise and transfer to plates. Spoon the relish around the duck and swirl with jam. Serve with steamed rice.

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