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Spiced Roast Duck with Oranges & Almonds

With its unique flavour and hearty texture, duck makes an indulgently rich change if you're cooking something special. Is there anything more traditional than pairing this bird with zesty oranges? We don't think so. We've also drizzled some honey into this recipe for added sweetness.

Spiced Roast Duck with Oranges & Almonds

With its unique flavour and hearty texture, duck makes an indulgently rich change if you're cooking something special. Is there anything more traditional than pairing this bird with zesty oranges? We don't think so. We've also drizzled some honey into this recipe for added sweetness.

  • Serves: 4
  • Prepare: 10 Minutes
  • Cook: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS ORGANIC DUCK?

By working with a poultry specialist who has decades of experience running a Soil Association-certified farm, we know that our duck has been reared in a natural, high-welfare system. These traditional birds produce meat that is unforgettable from first taste – juicy, rich and with just the right amount of sweet fat.

Ingredients

  • 2.4kg duck
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 40g almond flakes
  • large sprig of fresh sage
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Method

  1. Allow your duck to reach room temperature whilst you make your spiced glaze
  2. Preheat your oven to 200°C
  3. Grind your cloves in a pestle and mortar and mix with your ground cinnamon
  4. Grate the zest from one of your oranges and add this, along with your ground spices to a bowl. Squeeze the juice from one of your oranges in to your bowl and drizzle in your honey too
  5. Place your duck in a large roasting tray, generously smother in your spiced glaze, and scatter with your almonds and slices of your remaining orange
  6. Roast for 1.5 hours and rest, well covered, for at least 20 minutes before carving
  7. We like to serve ours alongside roasted carrots and parsnips
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WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result.

WHAT IS ORGANIC DUCK?

By working with a poultry specialist who has decades of experience running a Soil Association-certified farm, we know that our duck has been reared in a natural, high-welfare system. These traditional birds produce meat that is unforgettable from first taste – juicy, rich and with just the right amount of sweet fat.

Frequently asked questions

  • Duck is a healthy type of meat filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Its’ skin is very fatty but can removed, leaving a cut of meat that is comparable in fat and calories to a skinless chicken or turkey breast.

  • Both duck and chicken are healthy choices of poultry. Duck is a lean meat, comparable in fat and calories to a skinless chicken or turkey breast. It is an excellent source of selenium and zinc, both of which encourage good cellular metabolism. Since duck is a red meat, it contains higher amounts of iron than other poultry. The fat content of duck meat is mostly healthy unsaturated fat and is an excellent source of protein.

  • Duck meat is tender, juicy, a little meaty, with a high level of fat. Duck meat has a meatier taste than chicken with a unique sweet and savoury flavour also. In comparison to turkey and chicken, duck does not have a lot of meat, yet retains a high level of nutrient. With its thick skin, this meat becomes quite crispy when cooked. It is the perfect bird meat for roasting because of its texture.

  • For any meat or poultry to be labelled organic is must have been reared in accordance with set and governed organic welfare standards. High standards of animal husbandry and welfare are critical to us at Coombe Farm Organic. We believe that animals should live their lives in an environment that offers them the opportunity to follow their natural instincts. For our ducks, that means growing in a free-range, sustainable system with access to water for swimming and grass for grazing. An active lifestyle and natural diet ensure our ducks are healthy, with strong immune systems. And that translates directly into high-welfare meat that tastes delicious.