Marmalade glazed roast duck on a serving plate

Marmalade glazed roast duck

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr plus 20 mins resting


Serves 4

Try roast duck as an easy alternative to the usual turkey dinner on Christmas Day. A sticky Seville orange and marmalade glaze makes it even more festive

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal845
  • fat71g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre1g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.5g


  • 1 oven-ready duck, about 2 kg



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

  • 2 oranges, halved



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 60g Seville orange marmalade


  1. Expose and cut out the wishbone. This makes the duck easier to carve once cooked. A butcher can do this for you.

  2. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Lightly score the skin on the duck all over, and make a deep cut from inside the body into each leg.

  3. Season the duck well. Heat an ovenproof frying pan over a low heat. Place the duck on its side with the thigh touching the pan for 15 mins. Turn and cook on the other side for 15 mins more.

  4. Turn the duck breast-side down, then transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 5 mins. Drain the fat from the pan, turn the duck onto its back and continue to cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, cut both oranges in half, then cut 4 wedges from half an orange. Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat, then cook the orange wedges in the dry pan for 1 min on each side to lightly caramelise.

  6. Remove the orange wedges from the pan and set aside. Squeeze the juice from the remaining orange halves into the hot pan and reduce by half. Add the marmalade, take off the heat, add 1 tbsp water and stir together.

  7. After 15 mins of roasting, brush the marmalade glaze over and continue to roast for a final 10 mins. Rest for 20 mins.

  8. Carve by cutting the leg and thigh away, then separating the leg from the thigh. Carve slices of breast and serve with the orange wedges to squeeze over.

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Shirley Watterson's picture
Shirley Watterson
28th Dec, 2019
Ignore the cooking time. On this site is a Roaster Calculator which says a 2KG duck needs 1hr 40 mins. So why is this duck only cooked for 1hr 10mins. Nowhere near cooked following the rather complicated timings and because it needed considerably longer cooking time, the orange glaze had started to blacken, meaning that I had to finish in the microwave to avoid a sacrificed bird.
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Marshall Murray...
6th Dec, 2017
it's Areet looking actually just doesn't taste very good.
20th Dec, 2017
I was checking online because the Goodfood magazine has this recipe for a 1kg duck and I have a 2kg duck. Now this recipe here is word perfect to the magazine but the duck has put on weight: It is now 2kg! So is this recipe for a one or two kg duck? I may not be ready for Masterchef but I'm sure the cooking time for two kilos should be longer than for one!
goodfoodteam's picture
21st Dec, 2017
Thanks for pointing this out. The size of the duck is as should be for the online recipe. We have updated the method to reflect this. Apologies for the confusion.
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