Air Fryer Duck Breast

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Air Fryer Duck Breast. Introducing you to the most delicious and easy way to cook crispy duck breast or legs in your air fryer. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner for two in your air fryer basket and loaded with flavour.

air fryer duck breast recipe
air fryer duck breast recipe

Air Fryer Duck Breast

It is with great sadness that I have eaten all the air fryer duck breast and I don’t know when I am next going to get some more.

Me and duck breast go together like salt goes with pepper. We are meant to be together and I love every mouthful of duck breast especially when I cook it in the air fryer.

But getting a good deal on duck breast here in the Algarve is like the chances of getting some snow.

Does happen during rare moments and when it does you should rejoice and enjoy every moment of it.

I could of course get duck breast any time I wanted. But I am a cheap shopping and always on the look out for a bargain.

Refuse to pay full price for it and will grab some amazing duck breast when it is on clearance.

This is usually around the holidays and then I will load it into the freezer and save it for a special moment.

Well during Easter earlier this year there was JUST 2 duck breasts left. Apologies in advance to the kids that mum and dad ate it ALL!

And OMG air fryer duck breast is AMAZING. I am just lost for words about how good duck breast is in the air fryer, though be warned, not only is duck breast often expensive, it does shrink during the cooking process.

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Can You Air Fry Duck Breast?

Yes you can and air fryer duck breast is so easy to cook. I find that it is much easier compared to pan fried duck breast too.

Unlike the pan fried method that many use for duck breast you can cook your duck fat potatoes at the same time and the cook time is short.

Air Fryer Duck Legs

air fryer duck legs step by step

You can also cook duck legs in the air fryer instead.

When I cook air fryer duck legs I will:

  • Use the exact same marinade
  • Brush on the marinade
  • Cook for almost the same time

How To Air Fry Duck Breast?

air fryer duck breast step by step

Cooking air fryer duck breast is EASY.

  1. Mix duck breast marinade.
  2. Score your duck breasts and brush with marinade.
  3. Load into the air fryer and cook on a medium heat.
  4. Serve.

Air Fryer Duck Temperature?

I recommend cooking air fryer duck at medium temperature of 180c/360f. That way you know that the skin on the duck will be wonderfully crispy and that the duck will be tender and moist when you cut into it.

How Long To Air Fry Duck?

Ask my chef husband Dominic and he would tell the readers of Recipe This to cook duck breast until it shrinks. After all duck is one of those delicious meats that once cooked you have less of it.

But I was watching the cook time and 20 minutes resulted in perfect duck breast.

Air Fryer Duck Fat

Air Fryer Roast Duck step by step

When I showed you how to cook air fryer duck fat potatoes yesterday, I showed you how to use up spare duck fat to make delicious roast potatoes.

But note that I was using spare duck fat. Think of your air fryer duck breast as an opportunity to collect any air fryer duck fat and save it for the freezer for future meals.

air fryer duck breast
air fryer duck breast
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Air Fryer Duck Breast

Air Fryer Duck Breast. Introducing you to the most delicious and easy way to cook crispy duck breast or legs in your air fryer. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner for two in your air fryer basket and loaded with flavour.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 693kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Duck Breast Recipe Ingredients:

Air Fryer Duck Marinade:


  • Cook your duck fat potatoes.
  • Score your duck breasts and season with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Mix your duck marinade ingredients and brush onto your duck breasts.
  • Layer your duck breasts over your duck fat potatoes.
  • Cook for 20 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Slice and serve.


I cooked duck fat potatoes first, then layered duck breast over them. If you want to skip the potatoes, then make sure you do a 5 minute 160c/320f preheat.
If cooking duck legs in the air fryer instead change the cook time. Start with 15 minutes at 180c/360f. Then cook for a final 6 minutes at 160c/320f. This ensures that the duck legs are well cooked in the middle.


Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 1161mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 12mg
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5 thoughts on “Air Fryer Duck Breast”

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Samantha, I’ve been following you for a while. Your recipes are great easy to follow and always taste amazing. Just tried your duck fat potatoes and your roast duck and can’t believe how good it is in the air fryer.

  2. 5 stars
    Hello…..Just made this for supper tonight…. super easy to make.. looks and tastes delicious.
    Look forward to trying out some of your other recipes x

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing Sam! Thank you so much for posting this after your duck fat potatoes that i have just made.

    I find what lacks in the air fryer is full air fryer meals but i can always rely on you for those.



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