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Roasted Duck

Hate Turkey? This Duck Recipe Is Here to Save Christmas Dinner

Dubai hotel, Vida Downtown shares their recipe for Roasted Duck, a festive bird if you're not a turkey fan.

Roasted Duck

Vida Downtown

Roasted Duck


  1. 1 Whole Duck 3-4kg
    Orange juice 1ltr – for marination
    2ltr water, with 20g table salt, for boiling
    20g sea salt – for roasting
    20g Chinese 5 spice – for roasting
    40 corn oil – for roasting
    1 large orange
    30g fresh thyme or lavender
    150ml of honey


  1. Very lightly prick the duck all over with a fork.
  2. Place the duck in a deep bowl, then add the orange juice in the bowl, making sure the duck is fully submerged. Cover well, and place in the fridge overnight. This will allow the meat to not only soften as the acids go inside the protein, but more importantly the subtle orange flavor will also develop.
  3. The following day, take the duck out of the fridge, and leave it outside at room temperature for 1 hour. Keep the marinated orange juice for later use.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  5. Place the 2ltrs of water along with the table salt in a large deep pan, bring to the boil. Carefully place the duck in the boiling water for 5 minutes. This will seal in the juices, and will help to get that amazing crispy skin on the duck.
  6. Carefully take the duck out of the water, then spread the corn oil all over the duck, then sprinkle the sea salt and 5 spice powder evenly all over. Then slice the whole orange in half, and place it inside the duck, along with the fresh herbs, this will give an amazing aroma to meat itself.
  7. Place the duck onto a roasting tray, then take the orange juice, and add into the tray, this will help to keep it moist during cooking.
  8. Place the duck in the oven, cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once time is up, allow to rest for 20 minutes. As the duck is resting, glaze it with the honey.
  9. Serve when ready.
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