Roasted Duck


This roasted duck is a nice change from traditional turkey at Thanksgiving. I made this out of the blue one year, served it with all the usual side dishes, and my whole family — who had never eaten duck before — enjoyed it.

close up view of Roasted Duck in a roasting pan
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 (5 pound) whole duck

  • ½ cup butter, melted, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; rub spice mixture onto skin of duck. Place duck in a roasting pan.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

  4. Spoon 1/4 cup melted butter over duck and continue cooking for 45 minutes more.

  5. Spoon remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over duck and cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

625 Calories
45g Fat
1g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 625
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 280mg 93%
Sodium 1538mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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