Recipe Guide For Peppered Duck Breast With Red Wine Sauce

Yarra Valley red wine sauce

Duck in the Red wine sauce is a popular classic. A fancy dish perfect for gatherings, it was first introduced as a part of New York’s menu. This version of steak au poivre, made with enticing Duck breasts, became an international sensation like no other. It is easy to cook with the recipes available. One can easily create this simple yet quick platter of glory without much hassle.

Globally, the dish is created with varied flavours, but nothing tops the red wine sauce. Apart from the city of its origin, New York, the dish is also highly specialised in Melbourne. When in Melbourne, to explore the best of the cuisines and scenic beauty, you must go for a Yarra Valley Day Tour. In this chauffeured day tour, you will enjoy this sensation dish song with a complimentary wine or drink of your choice.

Though this peppered duck breast with red wine sauce often comes as a classic in fancy restaurants, you can also make a more relaxed version of the dish at home. This dish is ideal for when you want to make something a little special, then peppered duck breast with red wine sauce is the go-to.

The following showcases the detailed recipe of peppered duck breast with red wine sauce.


Recipe for 6 servings. It takes an exact one and a half hours to make this dish. The detailed recipe is as follows.

  • 3 Muscovy duck breasts ( 1 pound each)
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly crushed black peppercorns
  • 4 fine sliced garlic cloves
  • Freshly thyme sprigs
  • 2 full tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 sliced large shallot
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh tomato paste
  • 2 whole cups of unsalted chicken broth
  • ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons of red wine, medium-bodied
  • 1 tablespoon of Cognac or brandy
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh potato starch

The Preparation

Step 1: Prepping the duck breasts

Firstly, start with removing the tenderloin of the duck breast, keeping it aside for the sauce. Trim away any gristle or excess fat from the duck breast with a sharp knife. Then, carefully cut diamond patterns through the fat without reaching for the meat. Next, rub salt and 1 tablespoon of the black peppercorns on both sides of the duck breasts. Now sprinkle some sliced garlic and thyme sprigs and cover the breasts, keeping it aside for 1 hour at room temperature for marinating. You can also marinate it overnight following these steps.

Step 2: Start working the pan.

Put the pan on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the unsalted butter. Add the duck tenderloins and shallots, occasionally stirring them for 5 to 8 minutes until it turns brown. Further, add the tomato paste and a small thyme sprig and let it fry for at least 1 minute.

Step 3: Stir up the sauce.

To make the sauce, add the chicken broth and ¼ cup of the wine. You will have to raise the simmer until it reduces to ¼ cup. After straining the sauce, add the rest of 1 tablespoon of red wine, preferably the Yarra Valley Red Wine (best with Yarra Valley Pinot) to get the ideal taste, along with the Cognac or brandy and cook for 1 minute. Now dissolve the potato starch in 2 tablespoons of cold water and add the mix to the sauce. Finally, finish it off by adding the remaining 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.

Step 4: Prepare the duck breast and serve it hot.

First, remove the garlic and thyme sprigs from the marinated duck breast and heat the pan. Next, put the duck breasts skin-side down right into the hot pan. As the duck breasts sizzle, lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about 7 minutes. Then, turn over the duck breasts and cook it for 3 minutes for rare and 4 to 5 minutes for medium rare. After the duck breasts are done, transfer it to a warm platter and let it rest for 10 minutes to finally cut it into thick slices and serve it with the red wine sauce.

This is how you can make the classic peppered duck breasts in red wine sauce at home in just 1 ½ hours.

Thus, following this, you can enjoy a more relaxed version of the peppered duck breast with red wine sauce at home. But to experience both the luxuries of premium taste and nature view, you can opt for a Yarra Valley Wine tour. There, you can get this dish as a meal in their famous Luxury Chauffeured Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Lunch designed for two. So, book a chauffeured trip to Yarra Valley and enjoy the most of nature and the classic peppered duck breast with red wine sauce.

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