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Duck in Plum sauce

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

The quickest way to impress with zero effort! This is for 2 people, just scale up proportionally to whichever number of guests you're having.


  • 2 plums chopped (no need to peel them, but of course do wash them)

  • Half an onion

  • 1 cup of red wine

  • 2 cups of meat broth

  • 1 little branch of fresh rosemary

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tsb of brown sugar

  • 2 tsp cornflour and 2 tsp water

  • 2 Duck breast (no need to marinade, just make sure the skin is criss-crossed with the tip of a knife, but don’t reach the red meat when cutting it though)

  • 2 Tsbp olive oil

  • Noodles to serve it with

  • Sesame oil and soy sauce for the noodles


  • Make the sauce as described here

  • Prepare your noodles: boil them if dry, stir fry them if fresh, and dress them with just a little sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce - keep warm

  • Put 1 Tbsp of oil into a non-stick pan, ensure the pan is really hot, then place the duck skin side down

  • Cook on that side for 4 minutes at a high temperature (it will get smoky!)

  • Have a peek to see if the skin has reached a good colour, if not, leave it to cook for another minute

  • Turn the duck breast upside down and cook for a further 2 minutes (3 minutes if you don’t like it rare in the middle)

  • Leave the duck to rest on a plate for a minute or two covered in tinfoil

  • Bring the sauce back to the boil

  • Serve with the sauce spooned over the duck, presented skin side up, and with the noodles

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