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Diana Chan’s whole roasted duck with cinnamon & orange glaze

A home cook's favourite recipe that will be the highlight of any dinner party.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Luv-A Duck whole duck
  • 1 lemon sliced into wheels
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 cinnamon quill
  • Cooking salt to rub

For the cinnamon and orange glaze:

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Buttered greens:

  • 200 g green beans blanched in boiling water
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 50 g butter
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

To garnish:

  • Freshly chopped coriander


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • To prepare the duck, remove the giblets from inside the duck. Rinse the duck, inside and outside, with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Set the duck on the working surface. Score the duck's skin on the breast in a diamond pattern, making sure you only cut the skin without reaching the meat. Poke the other fatty parts of the duck with the tip of the knife all over to ensure fat release. Season the duck very generously with salt both inside the cavity of the duck and outside on the skin, legs, and all over. Place the duck breast side up.
  • Put the chopped garlic, sliced lemons and cinnamon quills inside the duck cavity (NB: these are just for flavor, not for eating - you will discard them after cooking). The duck will have flapping skin on both ends - fold that skin inwards to hold the garlic and lemon inside. Tie up the duck legs with butcher's twine.
  • Place the duck breast side up on a large roasting pan with a rack within (the roasting pan should have a roasting rack to lift the duck from the bottom of the pan and allow the fat to drip below the duck).
  • Roast the duck, breast side up, for 1 hour at 180C.
  • After 1 hour of roasting, flip the duck on its breast and roast it down (roast the other side) for 40 minutes at the same temperature.
  • Remove the roasting pan with the duck from the oven and carefully pour off all the fat juices from the roasting pan into a large glass or metal bowl.
  • Flip the duck, breast side up again, and place it back on the rack in the roasting pan.
  • Add the juices from the duck fat to the bowl, and combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, and lemon juice with the freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange.
  • Brush all over the duck with the balsamic mixture and cook the duck, breast side up, for another 40-50 minutes at 180C, brushing every 10 minutes with the mixture.
  • You can carefully use the grill function in the oven to crisp up the duck skin for the last 10-15 minutes (do it carefully, checking the duck regularly to make sure it doesn't burn).
  • In the meantime, prepare to cook the beans. Using a pan over medium heat, add in the butter. Once melted, add in the garlic and toss for a few seconds before adding in the beans to coat through.
  • After the duck is cooked, remove it from the oven, and let the duck stand for 15 minutes. Then, carefully remove and discard the lemon from the cavity (being careful not to get burned). Carve the duck and serve with the beans as a side.