How to cook Duck Legs

How to cook duck legs in 5 simple steps. Watch our video, follow the instructions and look like a professional chef in no time.

Step by step instructions


Pre-heat your oven to 180°C, Fan 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Pat the skin of the duck legs with a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture.


Prick the skin of the duck legs all over.


Season the duck legs all over with salt and pepper.


Place the duck legs on a roasting tray and cook in the middle of the oven for 90 minutes. During cooking, baste several times.


When the duck legs are cooked cover with foil and rest for 10 minutes.

Hints & Tips

You can easily make duck crackling by cutting the skin into thin strips and frying until crisp. Use this on salads or as part of your favourite duck recipe.

Save the fat from your roast duck to use for making delicious crispy potatoes.

It is very important to rest your duck legs before serving; this equilibrates the temperature and spreads the moisture around.

To get a crispy skin on your duck legs prick the skin with a fork or cocktail stick and season with salt before cooking.

Cook the duck legs following the on pack instructions and then score the skin and meat on both sides. Brush clear honey on the legs and then grill skin side up for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the legs with ground black pepper and then add another coat of honey and finish off skin side up in the grill until skin is crispy. Bon appetit!