Duck Breast in Bordeaux Wine Sauce

December 11, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
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Getting ready to make duck breast during a cooking classWhat is better on a February evening than a wonderful duck or goose breast served with a warm Bordeaux wine sauce? Our Bordeaux cooking vacations will let you enjoy this dish and more while you explore one of France’s most loved food and wine regions. You can try this recipe at home (served with excellent French wines) or learn it during a cooking vacation in France.

Learn about the city of Bordeaux.

Duck Breast in Bordeaux Wine Sauce

Serves 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Cook method: Saute


  • 4 breasts of fat duck or goose
  • 250 g (about 8-9 oz) minced shallots
  • 1 Tbsp duck or goose fat
  • 55 cl (about 2.5 cups) of good red Bordeaux wine
  • 3 tsp green peppercorns
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Salt to taste


Duck breast arranged on a plate after a cooking class
1. Heat goose or duck fat in a large frying pan, add minced shallots and cook them very gently to melt (about 15 minutes).

2. Add the wine, green peppercorns, honey and salt and let it cook and reduce slowly (about 30 minutes).

3. Add two or three Tbsp heavy cream and taste the seasoning.

4. Score the fat of the breasts, and put them fat-side down in a very hot frying pan. Then lower heat .

5. Remove the melted fat two or three times during while cooking 10-12 minutes on this side.

6. Turn and cook on the other side 10 minutes more. Duck and goose breasts are best served medium rare, sliced and served with hot sauce.

Duck breast and sauce on a foodie tour7. Serve with an excellent Bordeaux, such as the Château Bujan grand vin de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg appellation controlée.

Check out other fabulous, hearty French dishes such as Diot sausages with white wine sauce or honey roasted pork with chestnut confit.

Want to learn more about the south of France? Read about the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, and the Midi-Pyrenees, both favorites of The International Kitchen.

You can learn more about classic French dishes on a cooking vacation in France. If you are interested in other recipes featuring duck, check out our recipes for duck confit or duck and andouille gumbo.

Learn more about using wine during cooking. 


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