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Whole Roast Duck with Mandarins

Create juicy, tasty Cantonese roast style duck at home easily with this recipe.


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Whole Roast Duck with Mandarins
February 8, 2024
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Whole Roast Duck with Mandarins

If I knew I could make such delicious roast duck at home, I would have done it years ago! Luv-A-Duck asked me to create a recipe using their whole duck for Lunar New Year.

This duck requires little work to get ready but be prepared to set a timer every 10-15 minutes to keep glazing the duck so you get the best results possible. The results will be a beautifully juicy, tasty Cantonese style roast duck like you get at a restaurant.

Serve as part of a banquet or as a main course with rice and steamed Asian vegetables.

Whole Roast Duck with Mandarins

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  • 2kg whole duck
  • 3 mandarins
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • coriander, to serve


  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 120ml water
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine


  • Wash the duck and remove any excess fat from around the cavity. Pat the duck dry with a paper towel. Place on top of a wire rack and place the rack in the kitchen sink. Pour boiling water over the duck, flip the duck over and pour water on the other side, this helps to tighten the skin. Transfer the rack onto a baking tray or roasting tin lined with aluminium foil and refrigerate for 2 hours, uncovered to dry the skin.
  • While the duck is drying, make the glaze. Place the honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, Chinese five spice and water into a small saucepan over medium-high heat and simmer for 1 minute, to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, stir in the Chinese cooking wine and set aside.Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the spring onions, star anise, cinnamon stick, garlic cloves, ginger and the peel of one mandarin inside the duck and secure the cavity with a metal skewer.
  • Place the duck breast side down back on the wire rack and brush with the glaze. Roast for 30 minutes, brushing frequently with the glaze.
  • Turn the duck over and brush with the glaze. Roast for a further 30-40 minutes, brushing frequently with the glaze until cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Peel the remaining mandarins, slice all three thickly crossways. Place the mandarin slices and duck slices on a serving platter and scatter with coriander. Spoon over any pan juices. 


If you can’t find mandarins, use orange segments or slices of orange.

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