Slow roast duck

Slow roast duck

This slow-roasted duck is tender and delicious, and well worth the time it takes to make.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat the oven to 90C/70C fan/gas ¼. Rinse the duck and pat dry. Cut off the excess fat from the rump and neck, then generously season the duck with salt, inside and out. Rub the salt into all the folds of the skin, too. Sprinkle with the cumin and put in a roasting tin or large lidded ovenproof saucepan. Add a little water to the bottom of the tin, cover with foil or the lid and roast for 7 hrs.
  2. Step 2

    After 7 hrs, the duck will look lightly cooked, the skin will be yellow and the meat will not be completely tender yet (don't pierce it with a fork). Increase the temperature to 120C/100C fan/gas ½ and roast for another 6 hrs. Always roast the duck covered with the lid or foil – do not baste and don't remove the fat.
  3. Step 3

    An hour before the end of roasting, remove the foil or lid and brush the duck all over with the honey. The skin will be golden and crispy. If you like, you can increase the oven temperature or put the duck under the grill for an even crispier finish. Serve with dumplings and cabbage, if you like. This recipe has been provided by Apetit Online and not been retested by us.