Thai red duck with sticky pineapple rice

Marinate duck breasts with red curry paste and lime, then serve with coconut rice, peas and beansprouts for a healthy weeknight dinner

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:15 mins
    plus marinating and steaming
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 500
  • fat 9g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 63g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 37g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 2 duck breasts, skin removed and discarded
  • 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • zest and juice 1 lime, plus extra wedges to serve
  • 140g jasmine rice
  • 125ml light coconut milk, from a can
  • 140g frozen peas
  • 50g beansprouts
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 100g fresh pineapples, cubed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ small pack coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped


  1. Sit a duck breast between 2 sheets of cling film on a chopping board. Use a rolling pin to bash the duck until it is 0.5cm thick. Repeat with the other breast, then put them both in a dish. Mix the curry paste with the lime zest and juice, and rub all over the duck. Leave to marinate at room temperature for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, tip the rice into a small saucepan with some salt. Pour over the coconut milk with 150ml water. Bring to a simmer, then cover the pan, turn the heat down low and cook for 5 more mins. Stir in the peas, then cover, turn the heat off and leave for another 10 mins. Check the rice - all the liquid should be absorbed and the rice cooked through. Boil the kettle, put the beansprouts and red onion in a colander and pour over a kettleful of boiling water. Stir the beansprouts and onion into the rice with the pineapple, chilli and coriander stalks, and some more salt if it needs it, and put the lid back on to keep warm.

  3. Heat a griddle pan and cook the duck for 1-2 mins each side or until cooked to your liking. Slice the duck, stir most of the coriander leaves through the rice with a fork to fluff up, and serve alongside the duck, scattered with the remaining coriander.

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