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Duck Recipes: Easy Orange Glazed Duck

Written by: Emily Smith

This orange glazed duck recipe is my go-to for a fancy dinner at home. The sweet and tangy glaze perfectly complements the rich, juicy duck. It's a real crowd-pleaser!

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Boy, do I have a treat for you today! Ever tried duck? It's one of those elusively fancy dishes that restaurants overprice. Well, guess what? Not anymore! I'm sharing my super easy orange glazed duck recipe that's close to my heart. Deliciously juicy with a glossy, citrusy glaze, it's like bringing a 5-star restaurant right into your kitchen. Ready to wow your taste buds? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious Orange Glazed Duck

  • Duck breasts: Tender and flavorful meat that is the star of the dish, providing richness and depth to the overall flavor.
  • Orange juice: Adds a bright citrusy flavor that complements the richness of the duck, creating a delicious sweet and tangy glaze.
  • Honey: Sweetens the glaze and helps caramelize the duck, adding a sticky and flavorful coating to the dish.
  • Soy sauce: Provides a savory umami flavor that balances the sweetness of the honey and orange juice in the glaze.
  • Garlic: Adds a subtle depth of flavor and aroma to the dish, enhancing the overall savory profile of the duck.

Essential Tools for Making This Duck Recipe

  • Baking dish: For roasting the duck breasts in the oven.
  • Small saucepan: To prepare and simmer the orange glaze for brushing on the duck.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 4 duck breasts
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Score the skin of the duck breasts in a crisscross pattern and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, honey, soy sauce, and garlic. Simmer over low heat until slightly thickened.
  4. Place the duck breasts in a baking dish and brush with the orange glaze.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, basting with the glaze every 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the duck rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve the duck breasts with the remaining glaze drizzled on top and garnish with chopped green onions.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 90 mg | Sodium: 600 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 18 g | Calcium: 30 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 45 mg

Can You Make Orange Glazed Duck Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the orange glaze and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Score and season the duck breasts, then cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • For longer storage, freeze the uncooked duck breasts in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw the duck breasts overnight in the refrigerator before cooking as per the recipe instructions.

One interesting fact about this easy orange glazed duck recipe is that you can enhance the flavor by adding a splash of orange liqueur to the glaze for a more complex taste profile. It adds a subtle depth that elevates the dish to a whole new level.

Common Questions About Cooking Orange Glazed Duck

Can I use chicken instead of duck for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute chicken for duck in this recipe, but keep in mind that the cooking time may vary.
How can I make the glaze thicker?
To make the glaze thicker, you can simmer it for a longer time until it reaches your desired consistency.
Can I prepare the duck breasts in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the duck breasts in advance by scoring the skin and seasoning them, but it's best to apply the glaze and bake them just before serving.
How do I know when the duck breasts are cooked through?
You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the duck breasts. They are done when the temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
Can I freeze the leftover glazed duck?
Yes, you can freeze the leftover glazed duck in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Just thaw and reheat before serving.

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