Salt & Pepper Crispy Duck


When I was diagnosed with an MSG intolerance a few years back, it came with the realisation that our monthly Chinese take aways were officially struck off the menu. Fortunately my favourite dish – crispy duck – isn’t too difficult to recreate. This recipe is too easy, and only has a few ingredients. For added flavour why not finish off on the barbie for the last five mins, breast side down?

2kg whole free range British duck
4 carrots
4 small onions
Freshly ground salt and pepper

– pre-heat the oven to 200C/425F/GM7

– peel the veg and chop each piece in half, arrange on the bottom of a large non-stick baking tray

– place the metal grill over the top so the fat drips down onto the veg

– remove the giblets from the duck, stab the skin all over with a sharp knife and place on the metal grill

– coat the duck skin generously with salt and pepper

– roast for 30 mins, then remove from the oven

– flip the bird over so it is breast side down, reduce the heat to 170C/350F and cook for 60 mins. Optional: cook on the barbecue for the last five mins

– serve with the roast veg, a huge salad and a jug of my coffee bbq sauce

Linking up as below:
image tasty tuesday


28 thoughts on “Salt & Pepper Crispy Duck

  1. That looks so amazing. Just like the real thing.

    Don’t know why but my parents claimed crispy duck/roast duck was really difficult, almost impossible to make. I think I might try this with a duck portion.

    Once one of my dad’s aunts descended upon us uninvited for a month. (But we had such a small house!) At least she could cook – most of the time. She tried duck once and it was all soggy on the outside!

  2. I don’t eat duck, but everyone in my family loves it, especially my nan. I must try to make it for her next time she ventures on this side of the channel. Mel

  3. I grew up using MSG in our food. It is like a part of our dish, always! But a friend’s son was diagnosed with Chinese Food Syndrome (he ate too much of it) I am so glad that I am not using it for my son. This recipe if great as I have frozen duck legs that I dont know what to do, now I do =P #TastyTuesdays

  4. That looks pretty perfect. Sounds really simple to make too. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – sorry I’m a bit late over! Have Pinned this post and scheduled in a tweet. New linky just went live for this week 🙂 x

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