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Full plate of a duck breast dish

Orange Sauce for Duck

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This orange sauce for duck recipe is quick and easy to prepare. Serve it with pan fried duck breast to turn it into duck à l’orange.


  • 2 oranges
  • 15g (1 tbsp) butter
  • ½ onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) orange liqueur
  • 75ml (5 tbsp) white wine
  • 100ml (⅖ cup) vegetable stock
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) orange marmalade


  1. Juice the oranges with the K-Mojo Digimaster. Set the juice aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the onions until softened and translucent, which will take about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the orange liqueur and white wine to deglaze the pan. Let it bubble for 30 seconds.
  4. Add orange juice and stock, and simmer together for 5 minutes.
  5. Sieve the mixture into a bowl, essentially removing the onions, and return the smooth sauce to the frying pan.
  6. Bring the sauce back to a simmer, then stir in the marmalade.
  7. Simmer until desired thickness is achieved. This can take up to 10 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with pan fried duck breast or oven roasted duck, and green vegetables plus potato mash.


  • If you are fond of a stronger orange flavour, add the zest from the used oranges to the sieved sauce.
  • If you want a quick method to thicken the sauce, use 2g (1 tsp) of cornflour mixed into a bit of hot water to form a slurry. Slowly drizzle it into the sauce while stirring vigorously to avoid lumps forming.
  • This sauce is suitable for refrigerating and reheating to be enjoyed at a later opportunity.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: French

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