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Sliced sous vide duck breast with orange sauce

Sous Vide Duck Breast with Orange-Honey Pan Sauce and Root Vegetable Gratin

Abby Allen
If you don't own a sous vide, it's okay! I've included alternative instructions for preparing the duck.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 619 kcal


Duck & Orange Pan Sauce

  • 1-2 Duck Breasts One 8 ounce duck breast is enough for my husband and I to share, especially with a side dish.
  • 2 Tbsp butter Preferably grass-fed, such as Vital Farms
  • 1 Naval Orange You will need zest and juice.
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine Use a wine that you would drink! I recommend a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.
  • 1 Tbsp Honey Local, raw and organic is preferred
  • 1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt

Root Vegetable Gratin

  • 6 Root Vegetables Use any combination of potatoes, parsnip, beets, etc., as you like! Peeled and sliced thin (about 4-5mm).
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Fontina Cheese Or other cheese that melts well, like cheddar or gruyere.
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Salt Plus more, as needed.
  • 1/2 Bunch Fresh Thyme


Sous Vide Duck & Orange Pan Sauce

  • Preheat your sous vide water bath to 135F.
    Preheating the Anova
  • Season liberally with salt. Place duck into bag and vacuum seal, or, into zip lock bag to use the water immersion method to seal the bag.
    Vacuum sealing the duck
  • When the water is heated, drop your sealed duck breast into the water and cook for two hours. While the duck breast cooks, prepare the gratin.
  • When the timer goes off after two hours, remove the sealed duck breast from the water bath, discard bag and any accumulated liquid.
  • Place duck on a cutting board skin side up, and evenly score the skin (be careful to only cut through the skin). Salt the scored side well. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp butter. After the pan is hot and butter is melted, add the duck to the pan scored skin side down and cook until a golden, crisp skin forms, 2-3 minutes. Salt the other side of the duck
  • Flip duck breast and cook on the other side for 1 minute. Remove from pan, turn off heat and allow to rest while we make the orange sauce.
    Sous vide duck after a nice sear
  • To the pan that we cooked the duck in, add white wine to deglaze for 2 minutes (your pan will still likely be quite hot, but if it isn't, go ahead and place the pan over low heat during this process). Then, add in juice from orange halves (do not discard yet!), honey, red wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste. Allow sauce to gently mingle and thicken for 2-3 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon. Carefully add to a small bowl and set aside until ready to serve.
  • Slice duck breast(s) against the grain. Add slices to plates, drizzle with pan sauce and add zest from used orange halves on top.
    Sliced sous vide duck breast with orange sauce

Alternative Duck Cooking Instructions

  • Dry duck breast well, place on a cutting board skin side-up, and evenly score the skin (be careful to only cut through the skin).
  • Season duck liberally with salt and pepper. Place duck breast skin side in a dry and cold pan and heat the pan to medium. This is so the duck fat renders slowly and evenly. Cook skin side down for approximately 12-14 minutes. Carefully flip the duck and cook for another 2 or so minutes. Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
    Duck breast and Root Vegetable Gratin

Root Vegetable Gratin

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a cast iron skillet or baking dish with butter (just until coated - we will be using the rest later!). Add 1/4 cup of heavy cream to skillet/baking dish and evenly disperse. Add all sliced root vegetables of choice to a large bowl and add remaining heavy cream, 1 tbsp salt and 1/2 of grated parmesan. Mix well and then arranged coated vegetables slices in a pan to your liking. Personally, I like the stacked domino look! Top with remaining grated parmesan, thyme sprigs and cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
    Gratin before the oven
  • Remove from oven, discard foil and even top with grated Fontina cheese. Place back into the oven to cook for an additional 20 minutes. Turn the oven to broil, broil gratin for 1-2 minutes, remove from oven and serve along side duck.
    Root Vegetable Gratin
Nutrition Facts
Sous Vide Duck Breast with Orange-Honey Pan Sauce and Root Vegetable Gratin
Amount Per Serving (450 g)
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 885mg38%
Potassium 501mg14%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 2474IU49%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 262mg26%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 450gCalories: 619kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 30gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 885mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 10gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 2474IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 262mgIron: 8mg
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