Seared Duck Breast Halves With Balsamic Cherry Reduction

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

The marinade becomes the sauce in this easy yet sophisticated recipe. (Submitted for the Ready Set Cook Summer 2004 Contest)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare marinade, whisk balsamic vinegar through pepper together until combined.
  2. Marinate duck breast halves in a covered dish in the refrigerator for 2-10 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove duck from marinade; reserve marinade.
  4. Wipe and pat duck breast halves dry with paper towels, rub on all sides with one teaspoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a heavy skillet on medium-high until the oil starts to smoke.
  6. Add the duck breast halves and cook 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  7. Remove to platter and keep warm.
  8. Turn heat to high; add wine to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom to release browned bits.
  9. Add reserved marinade and cherries and cook, stirring frequently, several minutes or until sauce has reduced by about half.
  10. Taste and adjust for seasoning if needed.
  11. Pour reduction (sauce) over duck and serve at once.
Most Helpful

This was excellent! I've never cooked duck before, so I followed the recipe exactly (well, almost - I cooked the breast according to a Gordon Ramsay YouTube video). The sauce pairs very well with the duck, and I will definitely save this recipe. Thank you.

kelly_paperwork January 02, 2016

Fixed this for dinner tonight...totally awesome sauce! Wouldn't change a thing. Except to make more sauce next time. I'm not a big fan of sage, but I have a sage plant, and used it anyway. I was afraid that the sage flavor would overwhelm the sauce, but it didn't. Fantastic. Sauce also great with carrots and sweet potatoes. I usually use a raspberry sauce for duck, but wanted something different, and didn't have any raspberries anyway. LOL Five stars for you!

Sage0925 July 15, 2013

Wonderful! I used white balsamic vinegar to go with the white wine, then found out I didn't have any white wine. I used red instead, and it was still fantastic. I kept the sides simple since this dish is so good; fresh green beans and mashed potatoes.

pjmlx3 November 09, 2011