duck breasts

Prepared duck breasts

Duck is perhaps the most popular game meat in the country, with many people’s introduction to game being duck pancakes or duck a l’orange. But duck offers so much more potential than these two classic duck recipes – it is in fact extremely versatile.

Duck is rich in protein, essential omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and so it can be considered a healthy food.

It’s delicious roasted, casseroled or in salads and snacks. Duck is also ideal on a barbecue.

Chef Rose Prince advises: “I am a fan of good farmed duck, but the wild stuff certainly gives a stronger flavour.

“There is not much fat on wild duck, so you’ll need to baste it regularly with duck fat.”

Teal and wigeon are small ducks – a wild mallard offers more to cook with.

Duck offers a rich, gamey flavour with many different layers. This depth of taste means that it can stand up to being put alongside other strong flavours – which is why it’s served with tangy sauces in Chinese cookery.

It also means that cooked duck can work well with salads featuring orange, pomegranate and different leaves.

Thyme, rosemary and lavender are good herbs to accompany duck and remember to always rest duck in a warm place before serving to let the meat ‘relax’ and tenderise.

Look through our duck recipes from game chefs which show you many seasonal ways to cook duck.

roast teal

Citrus-flavoured roast teal by Rose Prince

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pot roast duck recipe

Pot roasted duck with potatoes

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duck sausage rolls

Confit duck sausage rolls

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barbecued duck breast

A recipe for barbecued duck breast

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crispy duck pancakes recipe

Shredded crispy “wild” duck pancakes recipe

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Tempura duck liver recipe

Tempura duck livers

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Duck pie recipe

Duck pie recipe

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orange and duck recipe

Orange and duck recipe

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