Roasted Duck Breast with Mango Relish

duck breast, mango relish, mango dipping sauce


  • 2 duck breasts (where to get humanely raised duck breasts)
  • garlic powder (where to buy spices and salt)
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Ingredients for the Mango Relish
  • 2 medium mangoes chopped (I used Ataulfo mangoes)
  • 1 cup cooked butternut or Kabocah squash
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • water to thin it out
  • Chives minced for garnish (and you can mix in)


  1. Instructions for the duck
  2. Preheat the oven to 400º F
  3. Clean the duck breasts and pat dry
  4. Score lines across the fat 1/2 inch apart, taking care not to cut into the meat
  5. Score lines across in the other direction for a checkerboard pattern
  6. Season the breast with the ground spices above
  7. Heat the fry pan to medium (#4) and place the breasts fat side down
  8. Cook for 6 minutes or until the fat is browned
  9. Turn the breasts over and place in the 400 degrees oven for 10 – 12 minutes for medium rare or 16 – 18 minutes for medium if the breasts are 1 inch thick. Adjust cook time to thickness of breast.
  10. Taking care to use an oven mitt, remove the pan (it will be hot) and place the breasts on a plate to rest
  11. While they are resting make the dipping sauce or you can make the dipping sauce earlier and serve cold
  12. Slice the breast into thin slices with a sharp knife and serve
  13. Instructions for the Relish
  14. Heat the chopped mangoes in a small pot until softened
  15. Add all the ingredients (except the chives) to the cup that comes with your stick blender (or use a mini processor) and puree
  16. Add water if it is too thick – it should be the consistency of apple sauce
  17. Store in a jar and serve cold or warm