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Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad

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This low carb salad features a beautifully pan-fried duck breast! Gluten free, LCHF, and keto friendly recipe.

Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad - low carb and keto recipe

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I think this is the first duck recipe on the blog! Duck breasts are much easier to buy in the UK (where I used to live), and ever since seeing my friend Keith's method of perfectly pan-frying the duck, I have *really* wanted to eat them again. 

It cost me $10 for one duck breast where I live now – although I'm sure that in other areas it would be cheaper! In the UK you can buy four frozen duck breasts for the equivalent of about $5! So right now this is definitely a special treat meal in our home!

This keto duck recipe demonstrates how easier it is to cook the meat perfectly!

How to Make a Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad

For me, the best-cooked duck breast needs to have the skin on – but cooked until crispy – then rare in the middle. To prepare the duck, dab away any moisture from the duck breast with
some paper towels. Season the meat side of the breast to your liking, but bear in mind that you are going to salt the skin quite a bit. Score diagonal lines in the skin and and add a generous amount of salt. 

Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad - low carb recipe

On a COLD pan (room temperature) place the duck skin side down. Set your hob/burner to medium heat and let it cook for 10 minutes (which browns the
skin and renders the fat). Turn onto the meat side and cook for a further 3½ minutes.  If you prod the meat you should feel it resist your prodding.  You don’t want it to be stiff, but it shouldn’t give too much to the pressure either. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad - low carb recipe

I decided not to complicate this special treat, and served the duck unadorned on a bed of butter lettuce, grape tomatoes, raw green beans and finely chopped green onions. I didn't dress the salad because I wanted it to be all about the duck, but I kicked myself afterwards because my low carb blackberry vinaigrette would have been ideal!

Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad - low carb and keto recipe

The duck itself doesn't contain any carbs, so you'll just need to add up the carb count of your salad items and dressing if you use one!

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Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad

Pan-Fried Duck Breast Salad

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A gorgeous duck breast salad with super crispy skin!

Ingredients

  • 1 skin-on duck breast, room temperature
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Dab away any moisture from the duck breast with
    some kitchen towel.
  2. Season the meat side of the breast to your liking, but bear in mind that you are going
    to salt the skin quite a bit.
  3. Score diagonal lines in the skin and and add a generous amount of salt. 
  4. On a COLD pan (room temperature) place the duck skin side down.
  5. Set your hob/burner to medium heat and let it cook for 10 minutes (which browns the
    skin and renders the fat).
  6. Turn onto the meat side and cook for a further 3½ minutes.  If you prod the
    meat you should feel it resist your prodding.  You don’t want it to be
    stiff, but it shouldn’t give too much to the pressure either. 
  7. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Keith Walters.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 486Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 326mgSodium 497mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 59g

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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