Roast Duck Recipe – Italian Style

Today on cooking with an Italian Piero makes us a lovely sunday roast Duck! If you’ve ever wondered how to marinate and add extra flavours and how to roast a Duck then follow along for the most tender flavoursome Duck! Enjoy and thanks for watching 🙂

Piero’s Recipe from the video:

  • 1 Whole Duck
  • Half Red Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Ginger
  • Orange
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Chinese 5 Spice
  • Salt & pepper

How long does it take to roast a whole Duck?

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Roasting a whole duck requires some time, and the duration can vary based on factors like the size of the duck and the desired level of doneness. As a general guideline, you can expect to roast a whole duck for approximately 20 minutes per pound (45 minutes per kilogram) of weight.

To Oven cook:

To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the duck on a rack in a roasting pan, positioning it with the breast side up. This helps to promote even cooking and crispier skin.

Roast the duck in the preheated oven based on the calculated time. For example, if you have a 5-pound (2.2 kg) duck, it would take around 1 hour and 40 minutes. During the cooking process, you can baste the duck occasionally with its own juices or a marinade to enhance the flavor and maintain moisture.

To achieve crispier skin, increase the oven temperature to 425°F (220°C) during the last part of the roasting time. Continue to roast the duck for an additional 15 to 30 minutes to help render out excess fat and promote a crispy texture.

To ensure the duck is fully cooked, it’s essential to check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer. The thickest part of the thigh should reach 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.

To Air Fry:

Preheat your air fryer to around 350°F (175°C). Thoroughly pat dry the duck with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Season the duck generously with herbs, spices, and salt both on the outside and inside the cavity. Place the duck in the air fryer basket, breast side down. Air fry the duck for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, flipping it halfway through the cooking time.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the duck, ensuring it reaches 165°F (74°C). Once cooked, carefully remove the duck from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


When barbecuing a whole duck, it’s important to follow a few key steps. First, you’ll want to prepare your grill for two-zone cooking. This means setting up one side of the grill for direct heat and the other side for no heat. It helps to create different temperature zones for more controlled cooking.

Once your grill is preheated to medium-high heat, around 375°F to 400°F (190°C to 205°C), it’s time to season the whole duck. Get creative and use your favorite herbs, spices, and salt to give the duck plenty of flavor. Make sure to coat both the inside and outside of the duck for an even distribution of seasoning.

Now, it’s time to place the seasoned duck on the grill. Position it on the side of the grill with indirect heat, ensuring the breast side is facing up. This indirect heat cooking method allows the duck to cook more slowly and evenly.

Close the grill lid and let the magic happen. Keep an eye on the duck and rotate it occasionally to promote even cooking. This helps to ensure that all sides of the duck are cooked to perfection.

To determine if the duck is done, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Insert it into the thickest part of the thigh, and when it reaches 165°F (74°C), you’ll know the duck is safely cooked and ready to be enjoyed.

Remember, barbecuing a whole duck takes time and patience. The result is a flavorful bird with crispy skin and tender meat, perfect for sharing a delicious meal with friends and family.

In Slow Cooker:

To cook a whole duck in a slow cooker, start by preparing the duck. Remove the giblets from the cavity, give it a good rinse under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels. Now it’s time to season the duck. You can use your favorite herbs, spices, and salt to give it some tasty flavors. Don’t forget to season both the inside and outside of the duck. You can also add some garlic, onion, or herbs for extra aromatic goodness.

Next, place the seasoned duck into the slow cooker, making sure it’s breast side up. If the duck is too big for the slow cooker, you can fold or adjust it to fit. Now comes the slow cooking part. Set your slow cooker to low heat, cover it with the lid, and let the duck cook away for around 6 to 8 hours. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the size of the duck and your specific slow cooker.

About halfway through the cooking time, you can check the slow cooker and remove any excess fat if you prefer. This can help keep the dish a bit leaner.

Once the cooking time is up and the duck is tender and falling off the bone, it’s almost ready to be served. If you want some crispy skin, you can transfer the duck to a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil it in the oven for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on it to avoid any burning incidents.

Finally, let the duck rest for a few minutes before carving it. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures the meat stays moist and flavorful. Now you’re all set to enjoy your slow-cooked duck!

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What is the best temperature to cook Duck?

sliced roast duck

The best temperature to cook duck can vary depending on the cooking method and desired level of doneness. Here are some general temperature guidelines for cooking duck:

  1. Roasting: For roasting a whole duck, a common recommendation is to preheat the oven to around 350°F to 375°F (175°C to 190°C) and roast the duck until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F (74°C). This ensures that the meat is cooked through while remaining tender and juicy.
  2. Grilling: When grilling duck, it’s best to start with medium-high heat, around 375°F to 400°F (190°C to 205°C). This helps render the fat and achieve crispy skin. The duck can be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.
  3. Slow cooking: For slow cooking duck in a slow cooker, it’s recommended to set it to low heat and cook for several hours, typically around 6 to 8 hours. This gentle and slow cooking method allows the duck to become tender and flavorful.

Should you pour boiling water over a Duck before roasting?

Pouring boiling water over a duck before roasting is a technique known as blanching, and it can help achieve crispier skin when roasting. Here’s how it works:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Carefully pour the boiling water over the duck, covering the skin. This helps tighten the skin and can facilitate the rendering of fat during roasting.
  3. After pouring the boiling water, immediately drain the duck and pat it dry with paper towels. This step helps remove any impurities and excess moisture from the skin.

Blanching the duck can result in a crisper skin during roasting, which is desired by many. However, it’s important to note that this step is optional, and the decision to blanch the duck or not depends on personal preference. Some cooks prefer to skip blanching and achieve crisp skin through other techniques, such as air-drying or scoring the skin to promote rendering of fat.

rosemary roast duck

How long does it take to roast a 2+ kg duck?

  • A 2kg duck: Roast for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • A 2.5kg duck: Roast for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • A 3kg duck: Roast for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.

What’s the best side dishes with Duck?

When it comes to side dishes to serve with duck, there are several options to consider that can complement its rich flavors. Here are a few ideas:

Roasted vegetables make a fantastic side dish. You can roast vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, or Brussels sprouts. Toss them in olive oil, season with herbs and spices, and roast until they are tender and golden.

Grains can also be a great choice. Serve the duck with cooked grains such as wild rice, quinoa, or couscous. These grains add a nice texture and can absorb the flavorful juices from the duck.

Consider a citrusy salad to provide a refreshing and light element to balance the richness of the duck. Use fresh citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits and combine them with bitter greens like arugula or radicchio for an interesting contrast of flavors.

A fruit compote can be a delightful addition. Create a sweet and tangy compote using fruits like cranberries, cherries, or plums. Simmer them with a bit of sugar, spices, and a splash of citrus juice until they form a luscious sauce.

Other options can include steamed or sautéed greens, such as spinach or Swiss chard, or a simple side of roasted or mashed potatoes.

plain roast duck

How long is leftover Duck good for?

When it comes to leftover duck, it’s important to handle and store it properly to maintain its quality and safety. After cooking, you should refrigerate the leftovers within two hours to prevent any potential bacterial growth. It’s best to store the duck in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or foil.

In terms of how long leftover duck is good for, you can generally refrigerate it for about 3 to 4 days. During this time, it’s advisable to consume the leftovers or reheat them thoroughly before eating. If you have more leftovers than you can enjoy within a few days, freezing is an option. Properly wrapped and sealed, cooked duck can be frozen for about 2 to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy the leftover duck, ensure it is fully thawed if it was frozen. Thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating. To reheat, there are various methods you can use, such as gently reheating in the oven, pan-searing, or microwaving. Just make sure the internal temperature of the duck reaches 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s safe to eat.

It’s important to use your senses and judgment when dealing with leftovers. If the duck exhibits any signs of spoilage, such as an unusual odor, sliminess, or mold, it’s best to err on the side of caution and discard it.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and individual circumstances may vary. If you have specific concerns about the safety or storage of your leftover duck, it’s always a good idea to consult a food safety authority or a healthcare professional.

stuffed duck roast

How do you reheat leftover roast Duck?

When it comes to reheating leftover roast duck, there are a few easy methods you can choose from.

One option is to use the oven. Preheat your oven to around 325°F (165°C). Take your leftover roast duck and place it on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. To prevent it from drying out, loosely cover it with foil. Pop the duck into the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes until it’s heated through. If you prefer a crispier skin, you can remove the foil during the last few minutes of reheating.

Another method is using the stovetop. Start by heating a skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil or duck fat to the pan. Once the pan is hot, place the leftover duck pieces in the pan, skin side down. Cook them for a few minutes until the skin becomes crispy and the meat is warmed through. Flip the pieces over and cook for a bit longer if needed.

If you’re short on time, you can also use the microwave. Transfer the leftover duck to a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a microwave-safe cover or microwave-safe plastic wrap, leaving a small vent for steam to escape. Microwave the duck on medium power in short bursts, checking and stirring between each interval. This helps to heat the meat evenly and prevent it from becoming rubbery.

No matter which method you choose, make sure to check the internal temperature of the reheated duck to ensure it reaches 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.

Do you have other Roast Videos?

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