Muscovy duck breast with dried cranberries, cream, and raspberry jam. Nothing says Holiday cooking as a duck does.

Alright… I can have duck all year round. The texture and richness of the meat, paired with a sauce, is the perfect portrayal of a cold night to be enjoyed with a full body of red wine, a fire roaring in the fireplace…

Muscovy Duck, Dried Cranberries, Cream & Raspberry

What can I say… I am a romantic, even during a school night.

It is customary in France to have duck for Christmas, alongside Coquilles St Jacques, lobster, foie gras, and chestnut turkey. 

There is something extraordinary about eating duck. The meat is rich in flavor.

Fruity sauces marry well. It is so easy to prepare, you will be amazed.

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One whole large breast will feed two people well.

Preparing duck can be daunting as it is very fat meat. However, I am here to show you how to enjoy a tender, gamey duck breast in the comfort of your own home.

With this duck breast recipe I share with you today, I paired it with a sweet raspberry sauce. The perfect combination of gamey and sweet.

The easy raspberry sauce melts in your mouth. Adding some fresh raspberries to your salad, just gives it that perfect balance.

Muscovy Duck Breast with Dried Cranberries, Cream and Raspberry Jam - Giangi's Kitchen

What kind of duck should I use for cooking?

There are three types of ducks that are excellent for cooking.

Peking duck is the most popular to eat as it is mild in flavor and easily suitable for all cuisines. Furthermore, the flesh is milder in flavor than the Moulard or Muscovy duck. Also, it is perfect for the whole roasting. Duck a L’Orange is a favorite recipe using Peking duck.

Moulard or Mulard duck is a cross between the Pekin duck (female) and the Muscovy (male). Larger and meatier breasts than any other duck breed. Rich for his red meat, plum breast, and hefty legs. Often fed grain to fatten its liver for foie gras.

Muscovy duck, also known commercially as the Barbary duck. This breed of duck has a more gamey taste to it. Furthermore is less greasy than most ducks.

Young ducks are considered excellent for eating. The meat is lean and tender with a mild taste.

Usually, just the breast meat is sold, which is considered relatively lean.

duck with dried cranberries, cream and raspberry jam

Cooking tips  and  step by step to make this wonderful recipe of  Muscovy Duck, Dried Cranberries, Cream & Raspberry

A few tips that I want to share with you so you will enjoy this excellent meat.

You do want a crispy-skinned duck. I have a video included with this recipe for a quick tutorial on scoring duck skin. With a sharp knife, you must score the fat by way of a small cross-cut on the duck breast skin side.

Pan sear duck breast skin side down, flesh side facing you. Most noteworthy, remove as much of the greasy fat as it is rendered and often during the cooking process.. Do save it for later use.

The fat will be abundant when you prepare your pan sauce.

More tips:

  • Remove any extra fat you may see from under the skin. Most of all,  do not remove or separate the skin from the meat as that gives the breast all its flavors.
  • Score the skin lightly, ensuring it is not pierced all the way thru. This will allow for the heat to penetrate thru the skin and melt away all the extra fat.
  • Cook skin side down for 5 minutes to a light golden crisp. Cook the other side for 3 minutes.
  • Do remove all the extra fat that has been released from the duck. Continue with the recipe.
  • The above step is important as you do not want your breast to sit and cook on fat.
  • Heavy cream is my choice. You may want to add some mascarpone if you have some on hand or creme fraiche.
  • Season generously the breasts before cooking so a nice crisp coating will form, and I am satisfied with the taste. Please add more salt to counterbalance the sweetness of the cranberries and the jam.
Muscovy Duck Breast with Dried Cranberries, Cream and Raspberry Jam - Giangi's Kitchen

Side Dishes Suggestion.

For dinner, we had a crispy spinach salad is a good balance with the sauce and duck.

Spinach Salad with Citrus is refreshing and brings the fruity flavors out of the sauce.

Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Garlic Potatoes are a feast that keeps on giving. Crispy and tender, potatoes always have been the perfect mate with rich flavorful meats.

Food and wine pairing?

Go with a rich red wine full of body. Pinot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Sangiovese. Ponte  Winery is one of my favorite wineries and any of their red will be fantastic.

What side dishes do you love with your duck?

Muscovy Duck, Dried Cranberries, Cream & Raspberry

5 from 6 votes
duck with dried cranberries, cream and raspberry jam
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
The texture and richness of the meat, paired with a sauce, is the perfect portrayal of a cold night to be enjoyed with a full body of red wine, a fire roaring in the fireplace.


  • 6 ounces duck breasts, skin scored
  • cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons jam
  • ½ cup heavy cream


  • Preheat oven at 350°F. In an ovenproof skillet heat a shadow of oil on high heat. Score the duck breasts skin lightly with a knife making sure that it is not pierced all the way through. Generously salt and pepper both sides of the duck breast.
  • When the skillet is hot, add the duck skin side down. Cook until the skin is golden brown, about 5 minutes, turn to the other side and cook for 3 minutes. Turn again, skin side up, discard all of the fat from the pan and place in the hot oven. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Remove all the fat rendered from the duck breast, remove any large burn bits, if any in the skillet. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the cranberries and heavy cream. Lower the heat to see just a light simmer of the cream. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
  • Add the raspberry jam to the cream-cranberries sauce and blend well.
  • Spread the sauce on the bottom of the plate and serve the duck sliced over it.


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 111mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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