How to make it

  • Half an hour before cooking, take the duck out of the refrigerator and remove from packaging.
  • Take out the giblets, if packaged inside the duck. (I once forgot to do this and left them in their plastic packaging inside the cavity - some interesting aromas were coming out of the oven once it got cooking).
  • Cut off the 'parson's nose' (tail part). Cut off the huge lumps of excess fat from around the vent . Trim any excess skin away. Cut off the excess lumps of fat and skin from around the neck area.
  • Wash the duck inside and out and pat really dry with kitchen paper.
  • Preheat oven to Gas 7 (220C/425F).
  • Using a very sharp knife, score diagonally through the skin of the breast, about 7-8 scores on either side.
  • You must be very careful to just cut halfway through the fat of the breast and not to cut into the meat.
  • Place the bird on a rack in a roasting tin - this will enable excess fat to drain away. You can save this fat for other cooking if you want.
  • Put in the oven just above the middle, and roast for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • To make the sauce:
  • Squeeze the 4 oranges and put the juice in a saucepan.
  • Add the soy sauce and the sugar. Stir in well.
  • Add a little salt and pepper.
  • Put in a little finely grated orange zest, (about a teaspoon) making sure no white pith gets into the sauce.
  • Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer.
  • Make a 'slurry' with the cornflour and cold water and add little by little to the to the sauce, until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • When the duck is done, let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • I serve this with some plain white rice, some green veg and the sauce.
  • When Tom and I are feeling particularly carnivorous I don't carve the duck in the usual way - I can't be bothered and I usually wreck it anyway, not being good at carving - I just cut it in half lengthways with poultry shears and we devour it Henry the Eighth Style. Lots of kitchen paper required!
Prepared duck   Close

Reviews & Comments 4

Add a Link?

Post a link to another recipe or group by pasting the url into the box where you want it to show up. We'll do the rest.

Post Message or cancel
    " It was excellent "
    shirazdrinker ate it and said...
    Fantastic recipe, I had never cooked roast duck before and it was a great success, zesty orange sauce great too. Top recipe everyone should try it. I often use it when firends come over for lunch.
    Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    merlin ate it and said...
    It's my birthday and I'll duck if I wanna. It actually is my birthday, and I'm making this.
    Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    gullion ate it and said...
    You've got me drooling and you've got my 5 forks.
    Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    cookingforfun ate it and said...
    Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    great flavor combo here love duck addition of orange flavor is wonderful, thanks high5
    Was this review helpful? Yes Flag

Maybe List
Hang onto this recipe

while I look at others.

Holding 0 recipes