A cast iron pan with two sliced duck breasts surrounded by blackberries and chopped beetroot

Duck breast with blackberries and beetroot

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Blackberries grow all over the UK and can be just as delicious in savoury dishes as sweet. Here, their tart flavour complements the rich meat


Try this recipe for duck breast with blackberry and beetroot, then check out our roast duck breast with potatoes, duck confitduck Penang curry and more duck recipes. Why not also browse our blackberry recipes for more seasonal inspiration.



  • Chinese five-spice a pinch
  • duck breasts 2, skin on
  • raw beetroots 2, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • thyme 3 sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve
  • red onion 1, finely sliced
  • balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp
  • blackberries 200g
  • butter 1 tbsp
  • roast potatoes or mashed potatoes to serve


  • Step 1

    Mix the five-spice with some salt and pepper, and rub this into the duck breasts. Put the breasts, skin-side down, in a heavy ovenproof frying pan or skillet over a medium-high heat and fry for 8-10 minutes or until the skin is golden brown and a lot of the fat has rendered out. Flip over and fry for 2-3 minutes more to sear. Transfer to a plate.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Drain most of the duck fat from the pan, leaving about 2 tbsp, and tip in the beetroot. Lower the heat to medium and cook with a splash of water for 10-15 minutes or until the beetroots are tender and the water has evaporated. Add the thyme sprigs and onion, and fry for another 8-10 minutes or until the onion has softened. Tip in 100ml water and the vinegar, and mix well. Nestle the duck breasts back into the pan along with the blackberries. Transfer to the oven and cook for 8 minutes (for rare) or up to 15 minutes (for well done).

  • Step 3

    Transfer the duck to a chopping board and rest for 5 minutes. Stir the butter into the pan and check for seasoning. Slice the duck, return it to the pan and scatter with the extra thyme leaves. Serve with roast potatoes or mash.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 781
  • Fat 63.3g
  • Saturates 20.9g
  • Carbs 16.7g
  • Sugars 14.6g
  • Fibre 7.2g
  • Protein 32.4g
  • Salt 0.6g