Air fryer duck breast

Duck breasts are awesome air frying dishes, containing crispy skin and tender meat when it is cooked properly. Especially when you want to take a different meal for your supper, duck breast could be your best choice. Let’s take a few minutes to read here so that you can get a details idea of the air fryer duck basket. Surely you will get some succulent meat meal with your frozen duck breast at your next dinner party.

air fryer duck breast

How to Cook Air Fryer Duck Breast?

Duck breasts are delicious meat, perfect for any special occasion dinner. When you become bored of chicken or pork-this delicious meat could be a perfect holiday meal through the air frying cooking process.

Ingredients you will need

  • Take Fresh or frozen Duck Breasts(Farmed duck/wild duck), and make sure it is boneless.
  • Salt & Pepper for seasoning/ or any best commercial seasoning.
  • Cooking spray or cooking oil like olive oil.
  • Other Spices Like (Chinese five-spice, Allspice, Indian Gorom Masala, Rosemary, and thyme)
  • Garnishing items (Sauce like-Plum sauce/Hoisin sauce/Blackberry sauce, topping of lemon juice mixed with Duck breast stock Gravy )
  • Additional dishes like salad, roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, bacon, spring onion anything else of your preference!


Prepare the Duck Breast

If it is frozen duck breast, you have to make it normal at room temperature by keeping it out of the freezer. However, let the frozen duck in the normal water for around 1 to 2 hours. Once the duck breast becomes normal, take it out from the water and wipe it well using a kitchen towel or tissues. Now score it (either traditional crossover or parallel, your wish basically). Use a sharp knife to invade through the duck skin and the fat underlying the skin. Do not score too much, it will unnecessarily add moisture to the duck meat.

Season the Duck Breast

Once you scored the duck breast, now it’s time to season it. You can add any traditional seasoning to season the duck breast. Or simply sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides to season it well. At this point, personally I let this duck meat in the normal temperature for 10 to 20 minutes. It just helps the salt and pepper to invade well on the fat layer of the duck meat.

Air Dry Duck Breast

Preheat the air fry at first. Set the preheats temperature at 390°F for around 5 minutes. Take the air fryer basket, and spray cooking spray or olive oil over it. Now place the duck breast over the air fryer basket, and keep the skin side up. Air fry it at 390°F for 5 to 7 minutes. After that, lower the temperature to 320°F and again cook it for another 5 minutes. Duck breasts are full of fat. To cook crispy duck breast, at first start with a high temperature then lower it. If the meat contains huge fat (especially farmed duck) then your air fryer may release smoke from inside, in that case just turn off the air fryer, drain out the melted fat and again start cooking air fry duck breast. However, when the duck skin becomes golden in color after your cooking, check the internal temperature of the duck breast with the help of a Meat Thermometer. For healthy purposes, USDA recommends this temperature is near about 165°F/ 74°C. Though some people choose a medium or well done accordingly at different internal temperatures, it needs to be well cooked for healthy purposes.

Set The Air Fry Duck Breast

Once the cooking is over, dispatch the meat on a plate. Wrap it using aluminum foil and set it for another 10 minutes.

Serve The Duck Breast

Serve the air fry duck breast with your favorite sauce. Even you can garnish it with onion, garlic, and coriander leaf, or mix vegetables salad. Some people often add the leftover brown gravy on top of the duck meat too.

What Goes Well With Duck Breast?

Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes/Sweet Potato Mash

Air fryer smashed potatoes or sweet potato mash both go suitably with duck breasts. There are lots of ways you can make these two recipes. The shortest is, fully boiled skinless potatoes. Smashed those in a mixing bowl. Add garlic powder, a pinch of salt and pepper(you can use seasoning instead), and, add cheese or butter.

Making air fryer smashed potatoes also needs to follow the same recipe, only instead of boiling, you need to fry the potatoes in the air fryer by cutting them into thin pieces. Once the pieces are fried well, mashed them well and follow all procedures the same as above.

Steamed Vegetables

You can also try roasted vegetables as well. As fried duck breast itself is roasted, steamed vegetables as a side dish could make a good pairing. So take your favorite vegetables ( mix of fresh vegetables like carrot, asparagus, green bean, broccoli, and spinach). Simply steam them, garnish them with some garlic powder, olive oil, and salt, and chili paste.

Steamed Lemon Rice

Its the best dishes pair well with fried duck breasts, especially at dinner. It’s a heavy dish and needs to serve during heavy meal time. However, steam the rice, and make sure it is cooked well. Now garnish the rice with lemon juice, a garlic piece, a pinch of salt, and pepper.

Slice of Garlic Bread

Take a sandwich or sourdough bread. Add garlic paste, melted butter, whipped cream, or sour as a topping. Salt and cinnamon powder is additional.

Orange Juice/Yogurt Strawberry

If you want to add nothing to the fried duck breast, no problem you can carry on. My suggestion is in that case take fresh orange juice/ or lime juice instead of any soft drink on your meal. Yogurt strawberries also could go on. Just freshly make it and serve it instantly with the fried duck breasts.


How long does duck breast take in the air fryer?

Less than 2o minutes. However, it takes a total of 10 to 15 minutes in the whole air frying process. The First 5 to 7 minutes at a high temperature(i.e.390°F) and the second half is at a lower temperature,(i.e.320°F)

How long does duck breast take to cook?

If you count from seasoning the duck breast, it will take around half an hour. First 10 minutes for seasoning, the second 15 minutes for air frying, and the last 5 minutes to set it in the aluminum foil for making the duck meat tender and juicier.

What temperature do you cook duck breast too?

In the first half, it is 390°F for 5 to 7 minutes. Then 320°F for another 5 to 7 minutes.

How do you cook frozen smoked duck breast in an air fryer?

I made it normal at room temperature at first. It takes almost one to two hours to place in normal water. However one of my relatives directly cooks the frozen duck. Perhaps she cooks it for longer in the air fryer at low temperatures. You can cook the frozen duck in the air fryer. Just be cautious before crossover the frozen duck skin with the knife. The remaining are the same as the normal duck breast.


So that is all on air the fryer duck basket. If you properly cooked this recipe, believe me, it gonna boom buster your dinning table with other members! So why still you are waiting for? just go and try this recipe! Do not miss the chance to make the upcoming night gorgeous and enjoyable with this special meal!

Good luck!

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