Crispy Roasted Duck Recipe

My first experience eating duck was a duck curry recipe my aunt made in Guyana, it was amazing! That initial encounter made me loveeeee duck. Generally, I would only prepare it during the holidays and special occasions, but you can also enjoy this recipe as a weekend dinner. Add this delicious roasted duck to your favorite Fried Rice or Chow Mein recipe; this makes a perfect meal!

I remember making this roasted duck recipe for the first time during the holidays and it was finger-licking good! The duck is first marinated in Chinese sauces and spice, baked then deep fried. The addition of ginger, five spice powder, soy sauce and oyster sauce gave the duck so much flavor. Chinese is one of the 6 ethnic groups of Guyana therefore growing up I was able to witness a few delicious Chinese recipes and dishes. I wanted to utilize some of that knowledge to create my own unique roast duck recipe with ingredients you can easily access.

One of the important elements of this duck recipe is the nice brown reddish color of the duck. This is due to the addition of food coloring but if you have access to fermented red bean curd that is another way of getting that beautiful color.

I love to cut my duck into only a few pieces prior to cooking it to get all the seasoning, spices, and flavors into the meat. But you can also cut a few incisions on the whole duck to have the sauces and spices penetrate then roast. This duck is so mouth-watering.

I do hope you enjoy this recipe. Share with your friends and family. Also, do not forget to leave a comment if you tried this recipe.

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Crispy Roasted Duck Recipe

  • Author: FoodieNotAChef
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 120 minutes
  • Total Time: 135 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


If you have never tried duck before then this is the time. The duck is first baked then fried to perfection. This yields a crispy skin while the meat is tender and juicy. Enjoy the wonderful taste of duck right in the comfort of your home.”



  • 1 duckling (4.5-5 lbs), ready to cook.
  • 1 drop of red food coloring powder or liquid.
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped ginger
  • 3 bulbs of green onions/scallions
  • 2 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp Five spice powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 3 cups of oil to deep fry


  • Mix: 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, ¼ tsp five spice powder



  1. Pluck any loose feathers from the duck and cut into 4 even pieces. Clean duck thoroughly.
  2. Using a food processor blend together onion, ginger, garlic, scallions and pepper.
  3. Season the duck with salt then rub the blended ingredients onto the duck.
  4. Mix oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar and 5 spice powder. Add to the duck.
  5. Add 1 drop of red food coloring. Mix well then allow to marinate for at least 6 hours.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bake duck in a baking pan for 1 hour on each side. Glaze the duck periodically after each flip.
  3. Remove from baking pan and place onto a cooling rack. Allow it to sit for at least 30-40 minutes.
  4. Heat up oil on medium-high heat then deep fry duck for 2 minutes on both sides.
  5. Remove from oil and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes then cut into small-medium pieces.

Serve with your favorite rice or chow mien recipe. Enjoy!

  • Category: Lunch

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