Smoked Duck Breast

Smoking duck breasts is a simple and delicious way to highlight the duck's natural flavors
Smoked Duck Breast Recipe

The flavor from the smoke highlights the duck’s natural goodness

by | Updated Aug 3, 2020 | 0 comments

Gently smoked duck breasts have a rich smokey flavor that highlights the duck’s natural goodness, creating a perfect dish for nice dinners.

This is a surprisingly easy dish to make, especially for one that’s done in a smoker. The relatively short cooking time makes it one of the few smoker recipes we’ve found that can be made after you get home from work on a weeknight.

Smoking Duck

The key to smoking duck breasts is making sure you smoke them long enough to cook them all the way through, but not so long that they become tired and rubbery.

Smoking Duck Breast

The smoked paprika and thyme complement the duck’s natural flavors.

To highlight the flavors in the duck, this recipe uses thyme and smoked paprika, which helps accentuate the smoking process. During testing we used apple and hickory wood chips for smoking, each producing equally delicious duck.

We’ve found that smoking the duck at 250ºF for around an hour produced succulent medium-rare duck breasts. The duck ends up having an almost luxurious taste that melts in your mouth.

If you like your duck to have the shiny, crisp look that fancy restaurants give their ducks, an optional step is to further crisp the duck, skin side down, in a hot pan for 2 to 3 minutes after it’s finished smoking.

Some dishes that taste great with this recipe are Simple Italian Risotto, Creamed Corn, and Wild Rice with Butternut Squash and Dried Cherries.

Smoked Duck Breast Recipe

Smoked Duck Breast

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Mince the thyme and mix it with the smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread the spice mixture on the duck, making sure to cover both sides.
  • Smoke the duck at 250ºF for 60 to 70 minutes. For medium rare, the duck should be somewhere between 145ºF to 150ºF when you take it out of the smoker.
  • Let the duck rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Meat


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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Duck Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 174mg58%
Sodium 1292mg54%
Potassium 628mg18%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 10.5mg58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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