Crisp Roast Duck

Crisp Roast Duck created by mary winecoff

From Gourmet Magazine. Serve with Plum Applesauce.

Ready In:
2hrs 25mins



  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F.
  • If necessary, cut off wing tips with poultry shears or a sharp knife. Remove and discard excess fat from body cavity and neck, then rinse duck inside and out. Prick skin all over with a sharp fork. Fold neck skin under body, then put duck, breast side up, on a rack in a 13- by 9- by 3-inch roasting pan.
  • Pour boiling-hot water over duck to tighten skin.
  • Cool duck, then pour out any water from cavity into pan.
  • Pat duck dry inside and out, reserving water in pan, then rub duck inside and out with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Roast duck, breast side up, 45 minutes, then remove from oven.
  • Turn duck over using 2 wooden spoons, and roast 45 minutes more.
  • Turn duck over again (breast side up), tilting duck to drain any liquid from cavity into pan. Continue to roast duck until skin is brown and crisp, about 45 minutes more (total roasting time: about 2 1/4 hours).
  • Tilt duck to drain any more liquid from cavity into pan. Transfer duck to a cutting board and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Discard liquid in roasting pan.
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  1. 498291
    I had some spicy dry rub from Wildtree, so I mixed that with the salt and pepper along with a little white sugar, and a little cinnamon and used that as my seasoning rub (I just sprinkled it on) otherwise I followed the directions and it was delicious! I was my first time making duck, and I am so glad it turned out well! A few parts were hard to cut through the skin, but I wasn't sure how much my duck weighed, so I may have over cooked it just a little, but all in all the skin was crisp with a delicious flavor, the meat was moist and delicious, and it was EASY which was what I was looking for. :)
  2. Nevdiliel
    Simple and delicious! The skin was crispy and tasty, and the duck was done in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. This recipe is so basic that one could pair just about any kind of sauce or gravy to go with the duck, which makes it versatile as well. This will be my go-to recipe for the ducks in my freezer. Thanks for posting!
  3. FromKSwithLove
    So easy and delicious! This was the first time I have tried to roast a duck and I was a little concerned that I would mess it up. But, it was very good and made our turkey-less Thanksgiving dinner a hit! Thanks for posting it.
  4. Bubblette
    Perfect! Super easy, and turned out great! I did it exactly as written.
  5. cookingpompom
    I followed this recipe exactly and it worked out perfectly and was lovely and crispy. It's a shame that I have discovered that I don't like the taste of duck! My family loved it and asked for more, but due to my own taste I will not rate this as I don't want to give it a bad rating as it was perfect.

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