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Duck Breast with Citrus Butter

In this easy grilling recipe, our juicy and flavorful duck magret breasts get a zesty lift from a simple citrus compound butter.
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Keyword: duck, duck breast
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Moulard Duck Magret
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • Make the citrus butter: stir together the butter, lemon and lime zests, lemon and lime juices, and salt in a small bowl until mixture is well blended. Divide the mixture equally onto 4 sheets of plastic wrap; shape each into a flattened square. Wrap the squares tightly in the wrap, pack them in a zippered plastic bag, and store them in the freezer until you are ready to use them. To use them, cut each square into quarters. Each quarter will be about 1 tablespoon.
  • With a knife, score the skin of the magret in a criss-cross pattern, making the squares as small as possible without cutting into the meat. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat a pan over high flame. When hot, place the duck breasts skin side down and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 8 minutes, while continuously draining off the rendered fat. Flip over and cook for 4 minutes on the meat side.
  • Remove the duck breasts to a cutting board and tent with foil while resting for at least 5 minutes.
  • Slice magret in 1/4 inch slices. Lay slices on warm plates in a fan pattern then top each portion with a square of citrus butter. Serve immediately.