Glazed Roast Duck
This Five-spice Orange Glazed Roast Duck is surprisingly easy to make, achievable for cooks of any skill level. It has wonderful flavor, and is perfect for special dinners or holidays!
If you can roast a chicken, then you can roast a duck. Seriously, it’s just as easy.
Duck is a little harder to come by than chicken, but I often see it at the grocery during the holidays.
A lot of times people think duck is fancy restaurant food, but it’s actually really easy to roast at home.
Don’t be afraid of duck! It’s a nice, special change from the usual meat and makes the holiday table really special.
For this recipe, the whole duck is rubbed with aromatic Chinese Five-Spice, and the inside is rubbed with a mixture of orange zest, ginger, and garlic.
Then the whole thing is glazed with an orange marmalade sauce, and roasted until sticky.
Oh sweet heavens it’s good.
How to Make Roast Duck:
Start by combining sea salt and Chinese Five Spice Powder:
In another bowl, combine orange zest, garlic, and ginger:
Rub the five spice salt mixture all over the inside and outside of the duck, then rub the orange mixture only inside the cavity.
Stuff the inside of the duck with a few orange slices.
Truss the duck, then score the fat with a knife:
This helps the fat render better, and get crispy skin in the oven.
Roast the duck in the oven set on a wire rack, and in the meantime, make the glaze.
It’s made with orange marmalade, soy sauce, orange juice, and ginger:
Toward the end of the roasting process, glaze the duck with a brush:
We are glazing toward the end of the roasting process so the sugars in the orange marmalade don’t burn and overcook.
Give the duck one more glaze when it comes out of the oven, then let the duck rest for a few minutes, just as you’d let a roast chicken rest. This helps the juices redistribute.
Then go ahead and carve:
Beef Wellington is another of my favorite holiday recipes. Enjoy!
Five-Spice Orange Glazed Roast Duck
For the roast duck:
- 5 lb whole duck
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp five spice powder
- 1 orange zested and cut into six slices
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp grated garlic
For the duck glaze:
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade*
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- To prepare the duck remove any innards and pat the bird dry. Mix the salt and the five spice powder together and generously season the duck’s cavity and exterior.
- Combine the garlic, ginger, and orange zest. Rub the inside of the duck with the garlic mixture. Stuff the cavity with the orange slices, then truss the bird by tying the legs together with kitchen twine.
- Roast the duck for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meanwhile make the glaze, by whisking all four glaze ingredients until combined.
- After the duck has cooked for 1 hour and 15 minutes, cook for an additional 35 minutes, glazing three more times throughout that time period, until the duck reaches 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, measured at the thickest part of the leg. The duck is ready to eat, enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
9 Comments on “Glazed Roast Duck”
I didn’t have marmalade so I used plum sauce, which is the duck sauce that we always use for takeout roast ducks, save the delicious brown sauce the restaurants give out (I read that those are the restaurants’ secret recipes so I gave up trying to find an easy recipe for it!). The duck was delicious! I only got to glaze the skin twice cos it was already well-cooked according to the internal temperature and I didn’t want to overcook it. Nevertheless, it was a very welcomed dish at the dinner table by my husband and three kids, and myself! They asked for it again the very next day! I was always intimidated by the thought of roasting a duck but you made it sound so easy and now, I can’t wait to do it again!!
I don’t even like duck but I wanted to make this for my husband who loves duck. And guess who now likes duck! This recipe was so delicious!
I baked today using this recipe and it was outstanding.
OUTSTANDING. And I had no idea duck was so easy. Thank you!
This would be such a fancy meal to serve. The thought of preparing a whole duck is totally intimidating but you make seem easy and approachable. Thank you for that!
This is gorgeous! I don’t get to make duck very often but when I do it’s a big treat in my house. I’ll have to try your recipe the next chance I get!
Hi Joanne, this looks delicious! Just wondering if you had any substitution suggestions for five spice? Perhaps another blend that goes well with duck?
Thanks so much! – Kelly
My dad use to go hunting for duck but I’ve never gotten into it because I was worried I wouldn’t like it. This orange glaze duck looks splendid. I’ll pick one up at the market and try it and then maybe I’ll go after them with my dad.
How cool! I really love the taste of duck, especially with these flavors. Let me know how it goes =)