Duck breast Thai red curry with pineapple

Thai Duck Red Curry with Pineapple

(Updated). Meltingly tender duck combines wonderfully with the sharp and sweet flavours of pineapple and coconut in a Thai red curry sauce. I’m not normally a fan of pineapple in savoury dishes (put it on my pizza at your own risk!) but it really does work with this dish. I used to cook this with duck legs but so many people have told me they prefer to use duck breast so I have updated the recipe to reflect that fact. This also has the benefit of allowing the breast to be served pink with the sauce spooned over the duck breast instead of it being cooked in the sauce as it would be when using duck legs. How rare you wish to serve the duck breast is entirely a matter of personal taste, the difference involved is merely minutes. And talking of minutes, that is really all it takes to produce this dish so let’s go!

Ingredients for Thai Duck Red Curry with Pineapple

I like to cook this using a duck breast per person. 1 Can of coconut milk for two duck breasts. The Kaffir  lime leaves are optional as they are already in the paste but they make for a nice decoration on most Thai curry dishes. Check out the link for advice on where to buy. As always, make sure you’re using the “right” type of coconut milk as it will make or break this or any other coconut based curry. Quick guide here, Coconut Milk Summary.
Add the red curry paste to the pan with some of the coconut milk. If you have followed the advice above about the coconut milk then add the thicker part of the coconut milk to the pan, reserving the thinner portion to adjust the sauce later. 

Add coconut milk and curry paste to the pan
Heat through gently and bring to a simmer and put to one side.
Heat-red-curry-paste-and-coconut-milk-in-pan
If you’re using Kaffir lime leaves and you want to cut them finely as in the image at the top then see how to do it on this link, Kaffir Lime Chiffonade.
Cut and reserve any peppers you are using.
Cut pineapple into chunks. In an earlier recipe for this I used to cut the pineapple into fancy sections, pretty but time consuming and tricky for those who don’t carve pineapples daily. Now I just advise people to cut it whichever way they feel comfortable with. Will this recipe work with canned pineapple? Probably, but you’re asking the wrong person! I’m Thai and the whole concept of canned pineapple is alien to me:-)
Put the pineapple segments to one side.

Now we are going to cook the duck breast. I don’t feel it is necessary to score the skin of the duck in this recipe. You can do so if you wish, using a sharp knife but do make sure you don’t cut through to the flesh, and certainly not your own flesh!
Put just a little frying oil in the pan and cook the duck breasts skin side down at a medium heat for about five minutes.

Cook duck breast skin side down
Turn the duck breasts over and cook for around three minutes. Those timings should result in a rare to medium duck. The skin side of the duck should be nicely browned as below.

Cook duck breast skin side down
Remove the duck breast from the pan but don’t throw away the cooking juices. Place the duck breasts on a plate to rest under a piece of foil.

Add the pineapple segments to the pan and let them cook in the juices turning them occasionally until they are caramelised around the edges. Remove from pan and reserve.

Saute pineapple in pan
Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook quite quickly until the skins begin to burst.

Add tomatoes to pan
Remove from the pan. Add any sliced peppers to the pan and fry quickly and remove.
Reheat the sauce adjusting the consistency as you go.
Slice the duck breast crosswise into sections as shown.

Duck Pineapple and Tomatoes ready for plating

Arrange on a plate and spoon sauce over and garnish as desired.

Serving Presentation Suggestion

Enjoy!

 

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Thai Duck Red Curry with Pineapple


Description

This is a classic Thai dish, the combination of the tender duck breast and the sharp and sweet flavours of pineapple and coconut coming together in a Thai red curry sauce. For a classic dish, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to prepare as you can see if you check out the images above. Let’s go!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 duck breasts skin on.
  • One packet of My Thai Curry Red Curry Paste
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  • 6 cherry tomatoes.
  • 200 g of pineapple chunks.
  • Mild peppers and the Kaffir lime leaves optional.

Instructions

Add the red curry paste to the pan with half of the coconut milk. See the notes below about coconut milk.

Heat through gently and bring to a simmer and put to one side.

Cut and reserve any peppers you are using. If you are using Kaffir lime leaves and you want to cut them finely as in the pictures above then see how to do that here.

Cut pineapple into chunks.

Add just a little frying oil to a pan and cook the duck breasts side skin down medium heat for about five minutes. Turn the duck breasts over and cook for around three minutes. These timings should result in a rare to medium duck. The skin side of the duck should be nicely browned as in the Images above.

Remove the duck breasts from the pan but don’t throw away the cooking juices. Place the duck on a plate to rest under a piece of foil.

Add the pineapple segments to the pan and let them cook in the juices turning occasionally until they are caramelised round the edges. Remove from the pan and reserve

Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook quite quickly until the skins begin to burst.

Remove from the pan add any sliced peppers to the pan and fry quickly and remove.

Reheat the sauce adjusting the consistency as you go with the remainder of the coconut milk bearing in mind that you want a fairly thick sauce.

Slice the duck breast crosswise into sections about 1 cm thick.

Arrange on a plate with the pineapple and cherry tomatoes and peppers if using and spoon the sauce over and garnish as desired.

Bon appetit!

 

 

Notes

As always using the “right” type of coconut milk is a game-changer. See here.

I don’t score the duck breast as I’m quite partial to the layer of fat underneath the skin! However if you do want to score the duck breast then make sure you don’t cut through to the flesh. My cooking timings are aimed at producing a rare/medium duck breast. If you prefer a well-cooked duck breast then adjust the timing accordingly.

Nutrition details do not include rice.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Thai

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 347
  • Sugar: 5.6 g
  • Sodium: 360.9 mg
  • Fat: 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 22.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 115.6 mg

Keywords: Duck, Red Curry, Thai

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