Roasted Lime and Chilli Marinated Duck Breast with Spicy Herb Salad and Tamarind Dressing

11:30 am on 21 November 2011

(Serves 4)

Ready in 60 minutes


  • 4 x duck breasts
  • 2 x limes
  • 2 x large red chilli
  • peanut oil
  • vegetable oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh milled cracked pepper


  • 2 x large red chilli
  • 1 x medium red onion
  • ½ bunch flat leaf parsley
  • ½ bunch chives, cut into batons
  • ½ bunch chervil
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • 200g snow pea shoots

Tamarind dressing

  • 2 x tbsp tamarind water
  • 1 x tbsp lime juice
  • 1 x tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 x tbsp fish sauce


Trim any excess fat from the duck breasts, slice limes into circles and quarter 2 chilli’s, and de-seed.

Place one duck breast skin side down on the bench. Layer sliced limes on the flesh of the duck breast then layer the chilli on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Layer remaining slices of limes on top of the chilli and drizzle with peanut oil.

Finish by placing another duck breast on top, then tie together with butcher twine, and wrap in cling film.

You are left with a duck breast sandwich with lime and chilli in the centre. Repeat with the remaining two duck breasts.

Allow to marinate no longer than 6 hours.

Heat fry pan on a medium to high heat, add ¼ teaspoon of peanut oil and ¼ teaspoon of vegetable oil.

Season duck breast lightly with salt and fresh cracked pepper and place in hot pan colour till light brown on both sides then place in the oven at 180 degrees.  Cook duck breast until medium-rare which should take approximately 20-25 minutes.

Once cooked allow duck to rest in a warm place for at least 10 minutes.

Spicy Herb Salad

Slice snow pea shoots, red onions, and chillis.

Mix them together in a bowl add fresh picked coriander, chervil, fat leaf parsley, and chive batons.

Allow herbs to sit on top of onion and chilli mix until ready to serve. Then toss together at the last minute.

Tamarind Dressing

Add brown sugar and fish sauce to a pan. Heat until the sugar has dissolved then add tamarind water and lime juice to finish the dressing.

To serve

Slice duck breast thinly and place 3 pieces in the centre on each plate. Dress lightly with tamarind dressing then place a small amount of the spicy salad on top repeat this twice on each plate and finish with a good drizzle of the tamarind dressing.

John Hawkesby’s wine recommendation

Pinot Noir
Momo 2009

Millton Riverpoint Vineyard 2010

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