Ben Tish’s Chargrilled Duck Breast

Chargrilled Duck Breast

Ben Tish’s Chargrilled Duck Breast

  • Prep Time1 hr
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time1 hr 20 min
  • Yield2 Servings
  • Cooking Method
    • Indirect/Direct


For the Chargrilled Duck Breast

  • 2 x 200g gressingham or barbary duck
  • breasts
  • 70g fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • 70g fresh or thawed frozen broad beans,
  • outer skins removed
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

For the Hot Mint Sauce

  • 75ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch mint, stalks and leaves separated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 50ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar or other
  • red wine vinegar


Preparing the Chargrilled Duck Breast


Trim the duck breasts of any excess fat and sinew, then use a very sharp knife to lightly score the skin in a criss-cross pattern, without cutting into the flesh. Put in a nonreactive bowl, pour over the brine and refrigerate to cure for 1 hour.


For the hot mint sauce, place the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, mint stalks and the cumin and coriander seeds in a small, non-reactive saucepan and place over medium heat on the stovetop. When the garlic starts to turn golden, remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour in the vinegar. Season well, then set aside for an hour or so to infuse.


If you are using fresh peas and beans, cook them in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Refresh in iced water, then drain.


Light the barbecue and set for direct/indirect cooking.


Remove the duck breasts from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the duck, skin-side down, on the grill in the indirect heat zone and throw a small handful of cherry wood chips onto the charcoal. Close the lid of the barbecue and cook the duck for 4 minutes to render some of the fat and lightly caramelize the skin. Open the lid, transfer the duck to the direct cooking zone, throw another small handful of wood chips onto the charcoal and close the lid. Cook for 5–6 minutes, still skin-side down, then turn the duck breasts onto the flesh side and cook for 2 minutes or until cooked to medium (if you press your finger into the meat, it should bounce back); give it another 3–4 minutes if you want it well done. Move the duck to a warm spot to rest for 5 minutes.


Strain the infused mint sauce into a clean saucepan, then add the peas and broad beans and bring to the boil in the direct heat zone. Season the sauce well, throw in the mint leaves and remove from the heat as soon as the mint has wilted.


Spoon some of the peas and beans onto the plate, then thickly slice the duck breasts and place on top. Spoon over the rest of the peas and beans, drizzle over the hot mint sauce and serve.

Recipe kindly supplied by Ben Tish from Grill Smoke BBQ.

Photographer Kris Kirkham

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