Traditional Duck Recipes

By | July 13, 2018

Traditional duck recipes are ones of duck recipes  which will always be a good meal for our Christmas and Thanksgiving. Other recipes which often cook for such celebration are roasted duck recipes, whole duck recipes, etc. Here are two of the most famous duck dishes that will spice up your festivities.

Two of Traditional Duck Recipes You Can Try

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Classic Vanderbilt Duck Recipe


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    5-pound whole duck. For this one of traditional duck recipes.Don’t forget to remove the giblets.

  • 1 big size orange, cut in half
  • 3 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) molasses
  • 3 cups (+/- 700 ml) water
  • 1 sprig of chopped rosemary
  • 1 sprig of chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

How to Cook this one of traditional duck recipes

Even though this is one of the oldest traditional duck recipes in the states, it is very easy to make. Here is the step-by-step guide to cook the duck.

  • Put the duck on a bowl with the breast side up.
  • Separate the skin from the meat but be careful not to tear it.
  • Squeeze the orange over the duck.
  • Prepare another smaller bowl and mix the chopped thyme and rosemary with pepper and 1 tablespoon salt there.
  • Pour the mixture evenly over the duck.
  • Prepare a plastic wrap and cover the bowl tightly with it. Put it in the refrigerator overnight to let the duck absorbs all the seasoning.
  • Prepare the steamer. Pour water to the steamer pot and then mix it with the tea bags and sugar. Let the water simmer first before steaming the duck.
  • Put the duck with legs down on the steamer basket and steam it for around 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, turn off the stove and put it aside for 10 minutes.
  • While waiting for the steamed duck to cool down, preheat the rotisserie.
  • Prepare a bowl and mix 1 tablespoon salt and molasses there.
  • Use a cooking brush to rub the duck evenly with the salt and molasses mixture.
  • Put the duck in the oven for 60 minutes or until the skin looks crispy and the meat is evenly cooked.
  • Remove the duck from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving it.
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Traditional Duck a l’Orange Recipe


  • 5 pounds whole duck, remove the giblets and excess fat.
  • 2 cups (475 ml) fresh orange juice (made of about 5 oranges). Don’t throw away the rinds.
  • 2 zested oranges.
  • 1.5 cups (350 ml) duck stock.
  • 0.5 cup (120 ml) liquor, preferably Grand Marnier.
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bitters.
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot mixed into 2 tablespoons water.

How to Cook

Duck a l’Orange is one of the best traditional duck recipes for thanksgiving and here are the steps to make it:

  • Preheat the oven to 260 degrees C.
  • For this one of traditional duck  recipes. Chop the orange rinds and then put them on the duck cavity to get rid of the duck’s smell.
  • Bake the duck for half an hour over half inch of water.
  • When the skin has looked crispy and turned into beautiful golden brown color, lower the temperature to 150 degrees C, continue cooking for around 60 minutes.
  • Now, let’s make the orange juice gastrique. Prepare a big saucepan and cook sugar, orange zest and orange juice there over a medium heat.
  • Add bitters to the gastrique.
  • Pour the duck stock to the gastrique, cook it on low heat for around ten minutes. Thicken the mixture by adding arrowroot.
  • Remove the rinds from the duck and let it rest for around ten minutes before serving it.
  • Pour the Grand Marnier to the orange juice gastrique and reduce it on a high heat for 5 minutes. Serve it with the duck and enjoy this one of traditional duck recipes..

These two dishes of traditional duck recipes definitely will make your Christmas and Thanksgiving more fun. So, serve them on your table and have a memorable family dinner with these popular traditional duck recipes