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Duck recipe for kids: Pan fried duck breasts with peach, cinnamon and lemon sauce

Today we are sharing this rather yummy recipe with you that combines peaches with duck to create a bit of a sneaky way to introduce duck to your kids. Not only that, but duck, and fruit at the same time…

Duck recipes for kids: pan fried duck breasts

Reuben Riffel aspires to educate Europeans about their ability to purchase South African fruits when their country is no longer serving seasonal fresh fruits. Below you’ll find a fun recipe from the South African celebrity chef R using South African fruits. You can learn more about Reuben on his website, but he has a number of these lovely recipes in order to champion his native fruits within Europe.

This duck recipe is a great idea for kids and families as it takes under 20 minutes to prepare, and under 10 to cook!

Yield: 2 Servings

Pan fried duck breasts with peach, cinnamon and lemon sauce

A plate of colorful fast food cuisine on a table, with a bowl of fruit, vegetables, and kitchen utensils surrounding it to create a delicious meal.

A fun recipe by South African celebrity chef Reuben Riffel using South African fruits.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 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


  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 high heat on the hob add the duck breasts, searing on both sides.
  4. Transfer to the oven and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.
  6. Add the peach slices and cook over 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).
  7. Turn the heat to low and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add the pomegranate seeds and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
  9. Allow the duck breasts to rest for a few minutes, then slice and arrange on serving plates.
  10. Serve with the sauce and garnish with parsley.


Consider using South African nectarines instead of peaches.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 745Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 326mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 61g

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There are a lot of variations of duck recipes and you can try to create one with this recipe. We also have some meat recipes you might want to check out.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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