Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Passion Fruit recipe

Fruit sauces work well with the rich flavour of duck breast. Here, the tartness of the passion fruit and the savoury intensity of soy stops the dish being too cloying. Passion fruit is the perfect ingredient for a romantic dinner, and this main would go well with rice and a rocket salad.


  • 2 duck breast fillets, skin on
  • 2 passion fruit, pulp only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper


  1. Score the skin of the duck in a diamond pattern and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the duck breasts skin down. Cook for 5-6 mins until the skin is golden brown, then turn and cook for another 7-8 mins until tender. Remove and place in the oven on a very low heat to keep warm.

  3. Pour out almost all the fat from the pan, leaving around 1tbsp. Add the garlic and fry until lightly golden.

  4. Add the passion fruit pulp, orange juice, sugar and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce by two thirds. This will take around 7-10 minutes.

  5. Season the sauce then pass through a sieve, though pick out a few of the passion fruit seeds if you want to add a little crunch and decoration. Serve spooned over the duck breast.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Jane Flett.
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