If you’re on this page, it’s probably the holiday season and you’re looking for an impressive roasted bird recipe for your guests! I’ve got you covered with an incredibly easy and delicious recipe! An oven-roasted duck is a great alternative to the traditional turkey for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You’ll love this simple recipe for duck stuffed with garlic, thyme and shallots yields a flavorful and juicy bird! Enjoy it with my ‘Kale Pomegranate Salad’ and delicious ‘Mashed Sweet Potatoes’!
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Preparing the Duck
This first step is crucial!! If you purchased your duck frozen, make sure to thaw it out in advance! Take it out of the freezer and place it into the refrigerator at least 3 to 4 days in advance to make sure you don’t have a frozen bird the day of! Larger ducks will take longer to thaw so plan accordingly. Once the bird is thawed, take it out of its packaging, rinse it under cold water and then pat it dry with paper towels.
Next, prepare your roasting pan. I recommend using one with a rack to keep the bird cooking evenly. And if you don’t have a roasting pan, don’t worry! This recipe will also work well in a regular casserole pan.
Stuffing & Seasoning
Once you have the bird ready, it’s time to stuff and season the duck! I season mine with a combination of salt, pepper and paprika. These simple spices let the flavor of the duck really shine through! Season both the inside and the outside of the duck for maximum flavor! Next, add all the stuffings: garlic, thyme, shallots, carrots and orange! I’ve added the orange for even more moisture and flavor!
Roast the duck at 350F until the internal temperature reaches 160F, then allow the bird to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. Check out my ‘How to Carve a Turkey’ to see how it’s done. This tutorial works well for turkeys, ducks and chickens! Serve the bird on a plate with festive garnishes like pomegranate arils, fresh herbs, orange slices, persimmon slices or even small apples.
Enjoyed this oven-roasted duck recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Garlic Butter Turkey – hundreds of 5-star reviews for this juicy and flavorful turkey recipe!
- Smoked Garlic Turkey – using my turkey recipe in the smoker is an awesome idea!
- Apple Cider Brine – if you want an even juicier and more flavorful duck, try marinating it using this easy brine.