Duck Breast with Mustard Greens, Turnips, and Radishes


Discover duck! It is rich in the good fat and versatile too.


Course: Main Course

 Serves: 8


  • 3 pounds boneless duck breasts (3–4)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 14 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons English mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 radishes thinly sliced
  • 4 small turnips scrubbed, thinly sliced, plus 2 cups torn turnip greens or kale
  • 6 cups torn mustard greens; plus any mustard flowers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Score fat side of duck breasts ⅛” deep in a crosshatch pattern; season both sides with kosher salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Cook 2 duck breasts, skin side down, until fat is rendered and surface is deeply browned and crisp, 10–15 minutes; transfer to a plate. Wipe out skillet and repeat with remaining duck and 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil.
  2. Arrange all duck breasts in skillet, fat side up, and roast in oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of breasts registers 135°, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  3. Whisk Dijon mustard, mustard powder, lemon juice, and 3 Tbsp. olive oil in a small bowl; season mustard sauce with kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Toss radishes, turnips, greens, flowers (if using), vinegar, and remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper.
  5. Thinly slice duck. Scatter greens over a platter (or two) and top with duck. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve with mustard sauce alongside.
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