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Slow-roasted 5-spice Duck

Crispy skin roast duck is super tasty… and seriously impressive when you’re entertaining at home! With my step-by-step guide, it’s a lot easier than you might think. Serve with fluffy bao buns or pancakes, plus fresh cucumber and spring onions for some crunch and freshness.

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Slow-roasted 5-spice Duck

PREP TIME
5 minutes
COOK TIME
3 hours 40 minutes
SERVES
4
Ingredients

1 x 1.8kg (4 lb) whole duck, patted dry inside and out 

2 slices ginger 

3 star anise 

2 spring onions (scallions) 

4 whole garlic cloves, lightly crushed 

1 tbsp 5-spice powder (try my homemade recipe here) 

1 tbsp sea salt 

 

To serve: 

steamed bao buns or Chinese pancakes 

sliced cucumber 

hoisin sauce 

finely sliced spring onion (scallions) 

Steps
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 150 °C /300 °F. 

  • Step 2

    Stuff the ginger, star anise, spring onions and garlic into the cavity of the duck. Use your knife to score the whole breast area of the duck in a diamond pattern. 

  • Step 3

    Mix the 5-spice and salt together in a small bowl. Rub the salt mixture all over the duck. 

  • Step 4

    Create a ‘trivet’ by scrunching up 3 lengths of aluminum foil. Place these into the base of a roasting tin. Place the duck on top. Roast for 3 ½ hours or until the skin dark and crispy and the duck meat is fork tender. 

  • Step 5

    Serve whole at the table so that everyone can tear off pieces of duck to eat with their bao or pancakes along with the cucumber, hoisin and spring onion.

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Nina
November 13, 2023

Superb

Made this today, leaves your mouth full of flavour, actually served with baked potatoes, cooked in left over duck fat and rosemary and garlic, winner 🏆

Sonja
October 11, 2023

Wonderful

We made this recipe on our pellet smoker. It was amazing. It was so easy to do. I have made many traditional duck recipes both French and Chinese but this is my favorite. Even someone who is not familiar with cooking duck can do it.

Veronica
January 11, 2023

Amazing, better than at a restaurant

I love this recipe! I made it multiple times and it’s always a hit with my guests, definitely recommended!!!

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