45 duck recipes
From duck confit and Chinese-style feasts to Thai roast duck curry and vibrant salads, try our ideas for entertaining and family gatherings
Looking for duck recipes? This rich versatile bird works in salads (see our ideas below including duck salad with pineapple), entertaining dishes such as duck breast with sour cherry sauce, and also served whole as a great alternative to your Sunday roast. Try our impressive Chinese duck recipe ideas to serves as part of a banquet, or classic duck confit with crispy potatoes, then check out our best roast beef recipes, roast chicken recipes and pulled pork recipes.
Duck breast recipes
Our super simple penang curry is packed with punchy flavour. This recipe serves six and can easily be frozen, so get ahead and make in advance for a weekend with friends.
Molasses gives a sweetness and a glossy glaze to this French-inspired duck dish, served with roasted celeriac, smoked bacon and cranberries. This recipe comes from London's Galvin at Windows restaurant.
Try this sumptuous duck recipe from littlefrench, an intimate neighbourhood restaurant in Bristol serving regional French recipes, perfect when entertaining guests.
Rustle up this sticky hoisin duck with fluffy vegetable fried rice for a speedy weeknight dinner for two – it can be ready and on the table in 25 minutes.
This recipe for roast duck with cranberry and sour cherry sauce is a great entertaining dish as it looks and tastes impressive but is easy to make and ready in under an hour
This terrine makes the perfect make-ahead starter for a dinner party.
Pair roasted duck breasts with an Indian street food-inspired salad instead of ordering a takeaway. With a coconut relish on the side this is a dish to impress while still being easy to create.
This fresh, flavourful duck, mango and watercress salad is ready in just 30 minutes and is under 500 calories - perfect for a midweek meal.
Duck is easy to get right in this Asian stir fry with punchy ginger and pak choi. It's easy to make and super healthy – under 300 calories. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to make.
Our duck with Spanish greens recipe is a quick and easy meal for two that packs in lots of flavour.
This is a great winter celebratory meal and the grapes add a sweetness to the duck – a delicious alternative to your Sunday roast beef.
Add an Asian twist to your drinks party with our easy recipe for duck and mango rice paper rolls, ready in just half an hour.
Impress your guests with this roast duck dish – the rich broth is infused with star anise, ginger and black peppercorns for a gentle spice. This roast duck recipe comes from Chiswick neighbourhood restaurant, The Silver Birch.
Duck breast is paired with tart blackberries to make an impressive dinner for two.
Make your own duck ham at home, cured with citrusy oranges and punchy star anise. This quick and easy ham is ready to eat within just a couple days.
Try this hot and sour duck soup with baby pak choi and noodles for a hot and spicy Japanese-inspired meal for four.
Berry vinegars are wonderful when paired with duck and the longer you marinate it, the better it gets. The end result is an impressive salad that combines the sweet and sour flavours of the marinated duck with the freshness of the salad.
Duck breasts, served with a spiced rhubarb compote, make a surprisingly easy midweek supper for two. Serve with buttered spinach.
Pan-fried duck breasts, with individual potato, thyme and Parmesan gratins and a sour cherry sauce, make a great winter dish for two.
Pan seared duck breast is served with a side of fried new potatoes and balsamic dressing, a dish perfect for entertaining.
Duck breasts make a great main course for entertaining - they are quick to cook and full of flavour. This easy recipe serves them in a creamy, peppery thyme sauce with celeriac mash.
Duck leg recipes
Crispy shredded duck with juicy pineapple and crunchy peanuts, a simple salad packed with plenty of flavour for a moreish weekend lunch.
This classic but easy French dish makes the perfect dinner-party dish – duck legs are cured in salt and rosemary, then slow cooked and served with tomato salsa.
Our impressive samosa recipe is packed with tender duck, wrapped in super flaky pastry and served with a fresh coriander chutney – perfect for entertaining over the festive season.
Check out our indulgent roast duck legs with super crispy potatoes and spiced cherry sauce. You can scale this up or down, with one leg and 200-250g of potatoes per person – the perfect way to entertain guests.
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The combination of tender duck legs with white wine and sweet potato mash is sure to please dinner party guests. Top tip: save the duck fat for tomorrow's roast potatoes.
Tangy peach sauce makes a great, simple twist to classic crispy duck pancakes. It's so much more satisfying than calling a takeaway.
Want more exciting brunch recipes? Why not try our easy duck confit hash with punchy chilli-fried eggs.
The Falcon’s hearty country cooking makes for perfect homemade comfort food – try this crispy duck dish from the Herefordshire restaurant. Keep the left-over duck fat from the confit to make roast potatoes.
This recipe for sticky duck with cucumber and spring onion salad takes a little extra time but is easy to make and under 500 calories, so it's great for midweek.
This classic French recipe is like a paté but with shredded duck, packed into a terrine. Serve with a green salad.
This Thai roast red duck curry is full of fresh flavours. It looks impressive on the table, but buying the curry paste ready-made makes this a really easy dinner.
<h3">Easy duck confit
This easy duck confit recipe is a quicker, healthier version of a French classic. Follow our recipe to impress friends with restaurant quality duck confit.
Serving up to six, this duck leg recipe with turnips and red wine makes a brilliant dish for dinner parties.
Found all over Asia, congee is essentially a comforting bowl of rice porridge. Traditionally it’s just the rice and it’s kind of soupy, but this recipe uses chicken stock to cook the rice and serves it with duck confit.
Whole duck recipes
This easy five-spice duck is a great roast for when there’s just a few of you for dinner. It feels celebratory to bring out a whole roast bird to the table and the clementines and spices will make the kitchen smell really festive.
Get your friends over and serve up a feast of juicy roast duck, duck fat potatoes and a vibrant spring salad for ultimate the entertaining menu.
Make our duck salad with mango and sugar snap peas, tossed in a ginger, sesame and hoisin sauce dressing. This vibrant salad is ready in under an hour.
Try this for an alternative to your Sunday roast. The lavender honey is subtly floral but not overpowering, and is used as a glaze. The dumplings, resembling a light gnocchi, are a lighter alternative to traditional roast potatoes.
With crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth duck served with rich plums, this recipe with star anise makes for a perfect Sunday roast.
This tender and sticky duck serves four and would make for a great centre pieces for a casual dinner party. Get everyone involved and carve this one on the table before you serve it up with basmati rice and pak choy.
Slow-cook the duck until meltingly tender and full of flavour from the Italian fennel and pancetta. It takes a while in the oven but the prep is so easy and you can put your feet up while it cooks.
Chinese duck recipes
This Chinese-Mexican hybrid is popular in America. It's easy to make but packs a flavour punch.
Gyoza, also known as jiaozi, are Chinese dumplings often containing a meat or vegetable filling. Accompanied by a homemade dipping sauce, it's the perfect dish to entertain friends and ring in the Chinese New Year.
Duck liver recipes
Perfect for a wintery midweek dinner, make this super easy pappardelle recipe with duck livers and sweet caramelised onions.