How to cook Roast Duck

Follow our easy, step-by-step video for the perfect roast duck, everytime! Plus helpful tips and tricks so you can cook duck like a pro in no time.

Step by step instructions


Preheat your oven to 200°C, Fan 180°C, Gas Mark 6. Weigh the duck without giblets and pat the skin of the duck with a kitchen towel to remove excess moisture.


Prick the skin around the duck legs.


Season the duck all over with salt and pepper.


Place the duck on a rack in a roasting tin and roast in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes per KG plus 10 minutes extra.


When the duck is cooked cover with foil and rest for 10-20 minutes before serving.

Hints & Tips

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

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

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.

Remove your whole duck from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking.