Duck breasts taste sensational with this spiced South African peach sauce.

Serves 2
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 8 minutes


Finely grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground cumin
2 duck breasts, skin removed if preferred
1tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

Peach, cinnamon and lemon sauce:
1tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 South African peaches, pitted and sliced
2tbsp apricot jam
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
1tbsp lemon juice
2tbsp pomegranate seeds


Nutritional values

 Per 100g (recipe)Per serving


RI (%) per 100g (recipe)RI (%) per serving
Energy KJ56117067%20%
Calories Kcal1344087%20%
Of which saturates1.5g4.6g8%23%
Of which Sugars5.7g17g6%19%



  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon and cumin with a little salt and pepper. Score the duck breasts, then add them to the mixture, turning to coat. Leave to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan that can be transferred to the oven. Over a high heat on the hob add the duck breasts, searing on both sides. Transfer to the oven and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the peach slices and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes to sear them on both sides. Add the garlic, apricot jam, cinnamon and lemon juice with a splash of hot water (3-4tbsp). Turn the heat to low and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes. Add the pomegranate seeds and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
  5. Allow the duck breasts to rest for a few minutes, then slice and arrange on serving plates. Serve with the sauce and garnish with parsley.

Cook’s tip: Try using South African nectarines instead of peaches.

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