Crispy duck & baked apples

Crispy duck & baked apples

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 4 hrs


Serves 4
This rich, fruity recipe has just two ingredients - don't be put off by the cooking time, it's mostly walk-away time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal612
  • fat49g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.25g
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  • 1 large duck weighing 1½ Kg/3lb 5oz



    Rich and full of flavour, duck meat is extremely nutritious, with high levels of protein, B…

  • 4 eating apple



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…


  1. Heat oven to 120C/fan 100C/gas ½. Pull any excess fat from the duck’s cavity and use a roasting fork or skewer to prick the skin of the duck all over – do this lightly as you don’t want to pierce the meat. Rub the duck generously inside and out with flaky sea salt, then lay, breast-side down, on a rack over a roasting tray. Roast the duck for 3 hrs, pricking again every now and then should you happen to pass by. While the duck is cooking, score a line gently around the middle of each apple and set aside (this stops them exploding when they cook).

  2. After 3 hrs, remove duck from the oven and turn the heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Sit the duck on a plate and carefully pour away most of the fat from the tin. Return the duck to the rack, right way up, and continue to roast for 30 mins. Put the apples in under the duck or around the side and roast for a final 30 mins. By now you should have the crispiest duck and apples on the verge of collapse. Leave the duck to rest for 10 mins, then carve and serve with the apples.

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Comments (23)

KaylasCakes's picture

This was perfect! I've never made duck before but I followed the recipe (save for the apples) adding a little pepper and paprika when salting the duck. AMAZING! Used the duck fat to make roast potatoes and served as a roast dinner for three people.

KaylasCakes's picture

This was my first go at duck and it was great! I didn't realise I ran out of sea salt so had to use normal table salt but still managed a moist bird with lots of crispy skin. A LOT of fat comes from the bird and I used that to make some great roasties!

cottonball40's picture

Super easy recipe! I will definitely cook this again. I reduced the cooking time by putting for 130deg for 2hrs, drain the oil and juices add apples and continue to cook for another 30mins, turned the duck and roast for another 30mins with 180deg. I added some butter to the breast after I turned it to make it nicely brown and crispy!

JLTreasure's picture

Cooked this for the family. It was my first attempt at Duck and I was amazed how easy it was. Tasted delicious! Even my sceptical DIL raved about it.We were not sure about the apples though, we felt that they did not add anything to the duck.I'll definitely make this again

woodcon's picture

Cooked this today and it was amazing!! And so easy too. I will do it again and again, so trouble free, impressive and extremely tasty

rionnagan's picture

I used this recipe to cook duck for the first time on Christmas Day, it turned out really well and was very easy. I was able to get on with everything else and just leave the duck to do its thing.

bean_mother's picture

Not sure where the star rating is when looking at the site on my iPad, but I'd give it FIVE.
Very simple prep which resulted in a really juicy duck with lovely crispy skin.

azamaxou's picture

made tis dish a few years ago, my guests at the time are still raving about it

Snoweider's picture

Delicious!! I made a gravy from the giblet stock with the sticky bits in the pan once the duck was resting. Added a little bit of crab apple jelly to the gravy and some red wine. V.Good.

kerrieyre's picture

Just finished dinner of roasted duck and it was AMAZING! Alot of fat comes off the duck which is great for doing the veggies in!

branam's picture

Brilliant results. Will definitely make again, children loved it :)

veedee's picture

For our 'un-valentine' dinner I cooked the duck just as the recipe and it was dee-vine! The very tastiest, crispest and succulent duck - ever, really. I made an orange and port sauce (to an old recipe) which lifted it from delicious to extraordinary. My husband of 35 years agrees. Will make it again and won't wait another 35 years!

nicolastafford's picture

Really easy and really yummy. Have 3 boys they all loved the duck.

dizzybec's picture

Great recipe for cooking a duck to serve chinese style. We had the shredded duck meat with wraps, hoisin sauce, sring onions and cucumber, yum yum.

rigathistle's picture

I fell and broke my wrist after putting this in the oven and still managed to host a dinner party that evening as all the work had been done already! Brilliant recipe

scrummyhunny's picture

this was so gorgeous!!! brilliant recipe

chockiebikkie's picture

Beautiful crispy duck! I had never cooked duck before but I will definitely do this one again. I used eating apples instead of cookers as thats what I had in my garden. Everyone loved it.

joannepd's picture

I have never cooked a whole duck before so this was a wonderfully easy recipe which had superb results. Duck was moist and flavoursome and the skin was crispy - as promised. I made a red wine gravy with the giblets which complemented the duck perfectly. Debate over the dinner table about whether or not the apples went well with the duck or not - but all four plates were clean by the end of the meal!

abigail's picture

Fantastic duck. Had a 2.5kg duck which we roasted at Gas mark 1 for 5 hours and then gas mark 4 for 30 minutes with Apples. Fantastic tasting duck really good.

br1ght0n's picture

The simplest and best recipe for roast duck that I have tried. Skin crispy meat tender and not greasy, and as a bonus, no smell of burnt duck fat around the house afterwards either! I always use this method now.


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