Chinese Roast Duck recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 3 hours

This delicious recipe for a roast Chinese duck is perfect for pairing with pancakes, hoisin sauce and shredded greens. It's an excellent dinner party starter, and it's actually really simple to make, too.


  • 1 whole duck, innards removed, cleaned and patted dry
  • 4 tbsp. runny honey
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine
  • 1 tsp. five spice powder


  1. Heat the oven to 130C. Prick the duck all over with a skewer and pour a kettle of boiling water over the duck. Get rid of the water, put the duck on a rack inside a deep baking tray and bake for 2 hours.

  2. Turn the heat up to 170C. Combine the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine and five spice powder in a bowl. Bake the duck for 10 minutes at the higher temperature, brush with the marinade, bake for 10 minutes, brush again and bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden and crisp. Before serving, pour the rest of the marinade, if there is any, over the duck.

  3. Leave the duck to rest for a little while before shredding.

You can buy Chinese pancakes and hoisin sauce to serve with your duck at any supermarket. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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