Cranberry Duck

This is a simplified version of a great holiday favorite. The flavor is both sweet and sour and the texture is tender and juicy as long as you don’t overcook it (do you see a theme with my duck recipes?) Serve over a bed of grilled veggies – like in the photo.

Cranberry Duck


  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 6 – 8 large duck breast half fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Add first 4 ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cranberries and simmer until cranberries soften. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust flavor to suit your own taste. If the sauce is too tart, stir in a little sugar. Too sweet, a little more vinegar. You get the idea. Season the duck breasts liberally with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add duck breasts and sear on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip over brown other side until breasts are rare to medium-rare. Remove breasts from skillet and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Slice thinly across the grain of the meat. Spoon a little sauce on each plate and shingle breast slices over sauce.

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