What To Do With Leftover Duck Breast?

what to do with leftover duck breast

What do you do with leftover duck breast?

This is a question many people have, and often the answer is not very clear.

In this blog post, I will give you some quick ideas on what to do with leftover duck breasts.

Hopefully, this will help make things a little bit easier for you.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Just freeze them

You can actually freeze all of your leftover duck breasts.

This works especially well if you are collecting them over time to use in other recipes at a later date.

If you want all of the flavors to blend nicely (after defrosting), consider cooking them in some sort of sauce before freezing them.

This is not completely necessary but will make for an even better taste after defrosting.

To freeze, wrap each breast individually in cling film.

Get as much air out of the packaging as possible to prevent freezer burn.

Then place all of your duck breasts together in a freezer bag, so you can easily separate them later when you want to cook them again.

Store for up to three months.

Make a sandwich

Making a sandwich from the leftover duck breasts is a very easy yet delicious way to use up your leftover duck breast.

You can either use bread, toast, or even pancakes as the base for your sandwiches.

Some people like to add some salad leaves to their sandwiches too, but this is entirely optional.

Then, simply add the sliced duck breast on top of the bread/toast/pancake.

Add a bit of some sauce to the sandwich if you want more flavor, or just have it as it is.

You can also add some pickled cucumber on top of the duck breast for some extra crunch.

I personally really like this but you may not feel the same way.

Some people enjoy adding a few slices of cheese over the duck as well.

Make an omelet or frittata

If you are not in the mood to make a sandwich, try making an omelet or frittata next time instead.

This is actually something I do quite often.

Duck breast goes really well with eggs, so this is definitely worth giving a go.

To prepare the leftover duck breasts for cooking, slice them into small pieces about 1/2 inch thick.

Then, cook them in a pan over medium heat for around 3-5 minutes on each side.

You may need to add some oil or butter into the pan beforehand if you do not have any leftover duck fat you can use it instead.

After cooking them, place the sliced duck breasts onto a plate and let them cool down to room temperature before adding them to your eggs.

Then, simply follow the same recipe you would for making an omelet or frittata.

You can also add some other vegetables in if you like; for extra flavor and variety.

Make a salad

Another delicious way to use up your leftover duck breast is by making a salad.

You can simply add some lettuce, vegetables, and cooked rice in a bowl, then top it with the sliced leftover duck breast.

The best sauce that matches well with this dish is definitely vinaigrette.

If you don’t have any leftovers from another dish, try making it at home using some oil, vinegar, and salt.

You can then pour this over your salad to give it that extra kick.

Make a soup

Next, you can make some delicious soup with your leftover duck breast.

This is especially great if you are planning on eating the duck with rice or noodles as the soup will soak up all of those delicious flavors from the duck.

Prepare your leftover duck breast as mentioned in the previous tip, then add it to a pot of boiling water with some salt and pepper.

You can also add a couple of vegetables into the pot if you want more flavor.

Then, leave it to simmer for around 20-30 minutes or until your duck is nice and soft.

Once done, place this in a blender to make it into a thicker consistency.

After blending, return the soup back to the pot to heat up again.

Then you can either pour it over some rice or noodles or eat it on its own.

What is a duck breast?

what to do with leftover duck breast

A duck breast is a meat cut from the chest of a duck.

It is usually a dark red color and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

How do you cook a duck breast?

There are many ways to cook a duck breast, but the most popular methods are either roasting or grilling. (source)

How long do you have to cook a duck breast for?

The cooking time will depend on the method you choose, but typically it will take around 15-20 minutes for a medium-rare cooked duck breast.

What is the best way to cook a duck breast?

The best way to cook a duck breast is by using either grilling or roasting.

It is also best to marinate the duck before cooking it to give it extra flavor and moisture.

How do you prepare a duck breast?

To prepare a duck breast, simply slice off any excess fat so that you are left with just the red meat part of the duck.

Then, season with salt and pepper or any other seasonings you prefer.

Are duck breasts healthy?

Duck breasts are nutritious and can be a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

However, it is best not to consume too much duck as this may cause health problems. (source)

How long can you keep cooked duck breast for?

Cooked duck should be kept in the fridge overnight or frozen for up to 1-2 months.

Before cooking it, make sure you thaw the duck first if you are keeping it in the freezer as this speeds up the cooking process.

How to cook crispy duck breast?

There are several ways to cook a crispy duck breast.

You can either pan fry it or roast the duck first then place it into an oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 10 minutes, or baste the duck with oil before cooking it to give it that extra crispy layer.

How to choose the best duck breast?

The best way to choose a duck breast is to look for one with the lowest fat content.

So try to avoid buying any that are marked as ‘extra fatty’ or have any yellow layers of fat. (source)

Where can you buy duck breasts?

You can purchase duck breasts at most supermarkets, but if you want to buy them from a butcher then it will be more cost-effective.

How to cook duck breast in a pan?

To cook a duck breast in a pan, first cut the duck into small slices and season with salt and pepper.

Then fry them on medium heat until golden brown before flipping over to cook for another 2 minutes.

Once done, set aside under some aluminum foil then add your vegetables into the same frying pan.

Stir these around as you leave them to sauté for around 3 minutes.

Then, add your sauce and the juices from the duck and allow it to bubble away until you have a thick gravy consistency.


This blog post has given you some great ideas for what to do with your leftover duck breast.

From sandwiches, omelets, and frittatas, to salads, soups or even just eating it raw on its own.

Duck can be enjoyed in many ways.

So, let’s go and try some of these recipes.

Tamara Pierce

Tamara Pierce is a food writer at Elapasony, passionate about exploring diverse cuisines and sharing recipes and food experiences. From trendy restaurants to local hotspots, she's always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors.

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