Crispy Skin Duck with Orange Sesame Sauce
Recipe by Chef Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Crispy Skin Duck with Orange Sesame Sauce

  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cook time 2 hours 15 mins

Use this dish for an interesting variation on a holiday dinner or an any day special dinner. The sauce is easy to make and it is perfect drizzled on the crispy duck.



  1.  Preheat your oven to 425° F.
  2.  Make sure that you defrost the duck in the fridge. It will take a couple days. Rinse the duck inside and out.
  3.  With a sharp fork or a knife tip, prick the skin of the duck all over. Take care to not puncture the meat.
  4.  Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. Now set the duck in a strainer or on a plate in the sink and pour the boiling water in a slow steady stream all over the duck. This will tighten up the skin.
  5.  Dry the duck inside and out.
  6.  Rub the duck with a little canola oil all over and then sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper.
  7.  Place the duck in a roasting pan (with a rack if you have one) breast side up and roast for 45 minutes.
  8.  Then remove and carefully turn the duck over so that it is breast side down. Roast another 45 minutes. Pour out any juices from the cavity and turn the duck over so it is breast side up once again and roast for another 45 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  9.  While the duck is cooking add the juice, honey, ginger, cayenne, salt and pepper to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat a little so that it does not boil over. Boil the liquid until it starts to thicken. It should coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and set aside.
  10.  Remove duck from the oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes covered.
  11.  Cut the duck through the bones into smaller pieces and drizzle with the yummy orange glaze and then serve with your favourite sides.


  •  Another option is to remove the meat from the bone and either cut or tear into small pieces. Then add to your favourite Asian noodle dish.

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Reviews on "Crispy Skin Duck with Orange Sesame Sauce" (11)

  1. May 18, 2016
    This is great !! Crispy Skin Duck..... Thank you, for making it easy !!
  2. December 20, 2018
  3. December 25, 2018
    Fabulous receipe! So easy to make. It was the first time I've cooked a duck. Thanks & Merry Christmas :)
  4. March 11, 2019
    Made this yesterday for first time. Duck was perfect,juicy, not dry. The sauce didn’t thicken for me even tho I followed recipe perfectly. We did use the sauce and it was delicious.
  5. October 1, 2019
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  7. November 24, 2019
    I cooked two ducks; turned out perfectly! I’m doing four for thanksgiving instead of turkey!
  8. November 9, 2020
    This is the only recipe that actually works for me. I personally don't like duck but my mum and hubby LOVE it so I had to take on the task of the perfect Crispy Skin Duck and have not failed once with this recipe. Only change I made was to omit the cayenne pepper from sauce as it was too hot for them. Sauce does work best with freshly squeezed oranges, gets it thick.
    • November 9, 2020
      Thanks for sharing! I have to make this one again... An oldie, but a goodie!

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