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A photo of a whole roast duck, gravy and pan fried veggies served on a table.

Whole Roast Duck

Chicken and occasionally turkey are the extent of what game meat we eat. Try this roasted duck for a change. Super comforting and super flavoursome. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Not Specific
Keyword duck recipe, roasted duck, whole roast duck
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 695 kcal
Author Nicolas


  • 1 whole 2kg roast duck
  • 5-6 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • Half a red onion
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Rise the outside and the cavity of the duck.
  3. Use kitchen paper to pat the duck dry inside and out.
  4. Place your garlic, red onion and rosemary in the cavity (make sure there is still some space for the air to get through).
  5. Rub a good pinch of salt and pepper all over the duck.
  6. Use a small knife to prick some holes in the skin.
  7. Place the duck on the bars in a roasting tray breast side down, then roast for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn the duck breast side up then put back in the oven on 200 degrees Celsius for another 50-60 minutes.
  9. Take the duck out of the oven, lightly cover with foil and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.
  10. After that you can carve the duck and serve, or your can pull it apart with a couple of forks and eat it as is, or use the pulled meat for sandwiches, soups, stews, stir fries, pizza toppings etc.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't forget to clean the cavity.
  • Let the duck rest, don't just cut right into it as soon as it's cooked. 
  • Store the leftover duck fat in a jar, and then store away to sautee ingredients, roast potatoes etc. 
Nutrition Facts
Whole Roast Duck
Amount Per Serving
Calories 695 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 12.1g76%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 405mg18%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 3.5g1%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 0.7g1%
Protein 77.8g156%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.