Roast Duck Recipe (whole)

Hungarian-style Roasted Duck Recipe, glazed with fresh orange juice, with raisins and apple filling. This whole duck is incredibly juicy and soft on the inside. The skin is crisp and delicious on the outside. Yum!

Roasted whole glazed duck recipe

The easiest way to prepare a whole roasted duck in the oven is to fill it with some fruits (sweet) and let it cook slowly in its own fat. That way the meat becomes tender, juicy and sweet at the end. Personally, I like to pair a duck meal with a light green salad or potato puree (mashed potatoes) on the side. If you wish you can preserve the fat in glass container and use it for cooking – to make soups, duck fat fries and so many other meals.

NOTE: Do not forget to collect the fat from cooking and to make my favorite French duck fat oven fries recipe.


  • Whole duck, at least 1,5 kg (the larger the tender the meat would be).
  • Oranges – one for filling and one for the juice.
  • Apple, medium to large – one apple for the filling.
  • 1/2 cup raisins – for the filling. I prefer dark organic raisins.

You see, not much is needed to make an excellent meal.

How to make whole duck in the oven

Wash duck under cold water and place in baking dish. Cut apple, oranges and add raisins. Stuff the duck with the mix.

Next, cut gently skin in chess-mate shape, without cutting meat. Cover with orange juice, then with foil. Bake for an hour, then sprinkle with duck’s own fat every 20-30 minutes.

Remove foil and let air fry for about 10-15 minutes. Be sure to check often as skin burns quickly. Serve hot with a favorite side dish.

How to cook whole duck in the oven - whole glazed duck recipe


There are a lot of things to do, but here are some ideas:

  • Make a vegetable soup – prepare all ingredients, sauté them and then add the cooked leftover duck towards the end.
  • Make meatballs – chop any leftover duck meat (finely), then add it to your regular meatballs. I’ve got a recipe that uses goose meat for meatballs that has the same process, check it out here.
  • Add to a salad – chop leftover duck meat and add it to a salad with pasta, olive oil, cherry tomatoes and herbs of choice.
  • Add to a 20 minute Tagliatelle with spinach recipe. So good!



How to cook whole duck in the oven - whole glazed duck recipe

Glazed Duck with raisings, apple and oranges

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine European


  • 2 oranges, medium
  • 1 apple, medium
  • 70 g raisins (a handful)
  • 1 duck, whole (approx. 1,5-2 kg)


  • Peel the apple and one orange, then cut into small chunks. In a bowl add minced fruits and raisins and mix well.
  • Wash duck under cold water. Place in baking dish and stuff with the apple-orange-raisins mix. Squeeze the other orange's juice over the duck. With a sharp knife cut the duck skin (only), making diamond shape on the chest.
  • Cover baking dish with foil and bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) for about an hour. Take the baking dish out of the oven and remove the foil. With a spoon pour some of the fat that has been released over the duck's skin. Then, cover with the foil again and let cook in the oven for additional 20 -30 minutes.
  • Then, take baking dish out of the oven and remove foil. Pour the released fat over the duck again. Return in the oven (no foil) for additional 15-20 minutes. Preferably turn on the ventilation. be careful not to burn the duck. Enjoy.
Keyword duck
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