Citrus-Rubbed Whole Duck

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

From Emeril Lagasse, this is a great duck recipe. The citrus aroma fills the kitchen while it's cooking. The skin is crisp, and the duck is moist and tender.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Zest oranges and lemons and chop zest finely.
  3. Squeeze juice from oranges and lemons.
  4. In a small bowl combine zest, juice, pepper and salt.
  5. Rub duck, inside and out, with all of the citrus-pepper mixture.
  6. In a roasting pan set duck on a vertical roaster and cook about 2 1/2 hours, or until well-browned and crispy.
  7. Let rest, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes before carving.
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Also my first attempt cooking a whole duck, I tried this recipe in tandem with a few other article/ recipes. So I too poked holes in the skin for the fat to drain and also scored the top and bottom skin as I read in a Martha Stewart Duck 101 article.

I found this recipe overall excellent and it helped make my first duck delicious, though I would consider reserving some of the rub next time, which is almost a marinade when all the citrus is juiced. I also think the original recipe writer just meant a regular roasting rack, not a vertical roaster. My duck came with giblets and a neck, so I also made a gravy with it.

choiceweb0pen0 November 26, 2010

This was my first duck attempt also! The flavors of the citrus really flavored the duck. But it did not come out as crispy as I would have liked. My friend who is a butcher also had me poke a few holes in the skin so a lot of the fat would escape. I stuffed the duck with the oranges and lemons that I used the zest for and that really flavored the meat. I never knew how unhealthy duck was! I guess this is a once a year treat! Thanks for sharing.

dragonpawz November 09, 2009

This is a delicious duck recipe! This was my very first duck I ever attempted to cook. At first I was apprehensive and stated, "I don't know how to cook duck!" My DD told me to check on RecipeZaar and it turned out like I had been doing it for years. I also stuffed the duck with 4 halved clementines. Thanks for rescuing me Lazyme! Made for the Lazyme cook-a-thon honoring her DH!

AcadiaTwo April 24, 2009