Magret Duck Breast à la D'Artagnan

The original "duck steak" recipe was created by Ariane's father, Chef André Daguin, in the 1950s. It's easy to make seared duck breasts at home with this recipe.
Magret à la D'Artagnan Duck Recipe | D'Artagnan



  1. With a knife, score the skin of the magret in a cross-hatch pattern, making the squares as small as possible without cutting into the meat. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Place in a hot skillet skin side down and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 8 minutes, while continuously draining off the rendered fat.
  3. Flip over and cook for 4 minutes on the meat side. On a heated grill, finish cooking on the meat side for 4 minutes.
  4. Cover the magret with foil to keep warm and set aside.
  5. Drain fat from pan, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in pan. Sauté the shallots in the rendered duck fat until they are translucent.Add wine and reduce by half. Add demi-glace and reduce by half again. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Slice magret in 1/4 inch slices. Lay slices on warm plates in a fan pattern.
  7. Spoon sauce over magret slices and serve with green beans and scalloped potatoes.