Duck can be a challenging meat to cook, not just in the cooking part of the process but in preparing and cutting the bird. It seems like everyone has a different way to cook duck, and it can get confusing trying to figure out which method to use.
I’ll break down how to cook a whole duck in
How to Cook Whole Duck – Simple Method
Start by preheating the
You should also take out the giblets and the neck from the cavity. Whole duck will typically have these parts to remove, but when learning how to cook whole duck, keep in mind that some sources may package their ducks differently.
Prepare a roasting
The duck should be placed with the wings facing up and the breast facing down in a roasting
Then, fill the
One issue you run into with cooking duck in the
Roast the duck for 30 minutes without opening the
After the duck has roasted for 30 minutes, the juice may start to spatter. If that happens, you can add some more water to the
Roast for an additional 20 minutes and then use the knife to prick the duck’s breast in a number of places. Brush once more and then roast for additional 10 minutes. Then, check to see if the duck is brown all over. If not, brush one more time and roast for an extra 5 or 10 minutes.
How Long to Cook a Whole Duck?
It should take about an hour for your duck to roast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
It may take another five or 10 minutes on top of that, but you can tell if the duck is done cooking by checking the internal temperature and looking at whether it’s brown over.
If the duck is fully cooked, it should be under 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you poke an instant read thermometer into the thigh.
Be sure your duck rests for five minutes before you carve it and serve it.
How to Carve a Duck
Carving the duck can be a little tricky, as there is a little more involved to the carving process than there would be if you were carving chicken. You want to take off to rest house first goal which you do by cutting on both sides of the rib cage.
Then, remove the legs by cutting close to the bird. From there, you can pick off the rest of the duck meat from what’s left. If you’re going to cook whole duck, you want to carve it when it’s finished.
Knowing the best way to carve the duck and get the pieces you want will keep all the pieces looking appealing.
How to Cook Whole Duck in
You can also an entire duck into a
Mix poultry seasoning and seasoned salt together. For reference’s sake, I am using a 6-qart
If a rack isn’t available for your
The duck should be placed into the
How to Cook a Whole Duck without Skin
Sometimes, duck will be sold without the skin attached. Let’s talk about how you will cook a whole duck that way.
You can marinate the duck first, if you want, covering it with marinade and wrapping the sauced duck with plastic wrap. Then, place it in the fridge for a few hours to marinate.
When the duck is ready, you can prepare a large frying pan by heating it on medium.
Once it is warm, you can add the duck to the
Check the internal temperature to see if it is done and cook longer if needed.
How to Cook a Whole Peking Duck
Peking duck is an Asian delicacy that is cooked differently from what I have detailed above. You’ll need to use soy sauce and various spices and seasonings unique to Peking duck.
Steam the duck in a large wok for an hour, making sure it has enough water as it steams. Then, roast it in an
Mix up your Peking duck sauces while it is cooking and brush the duck with your sauce after it comes out of the