Simple Grilled Duck Breast

For those of you who have historically treated your ducks like a sack of potatoes, consider trying it our way once. You can always go back to your old ways, but this is worth a try. If you stuff your ducks into a black plastic garbage bag that lands in the bottom of the garage refrigerator for a few days, you may notice that they taste a little gamey when cooked. Don’t blame the duck. Raise your right hand and say, “This season, I will cool, clean and package my ducks quickly and properly. I will not overcook them. I will try not to wrap them in bacon or soak them in teriyaki sauce every time.”

Simple Grilled Duck Breast


  • 4 large duck breast half fillets skin removed
  • 1 large onion cut into 4 slices
  • 3 bell peppers different colors if available – seeded and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves or sub Italian parsley


  • In a large bowl, whisk together garlic, butter, brown sugar, olive oil Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper.
  • Add duck, peppers and onions and toss to coat evenly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours.
  • Remove duck, peppers and duck from marinade and grill on a medium-hot grill until duck breasts are medium-rare and vegetables are lightly charred.
  • Let duck rest for a few minutes before slicing and arranging with peppers and onions on plates.


  1. Tim on November 24, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Sounds pretty good I am going to give it a try!

    • Scott Leysath on November 24, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Let us know how it turns out!

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