Chinese Roast Duck

The history of the roast duck can be traced back to as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) when it was listed among the imperial dishes in the Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages. In the early 15th century of the Ming Dynasty, Beijing roast duck remained one of the famous dishes on imperial court menus. According to the local history, the earliest roast duck restaurant in Beijing was the old Bianyifang Restaurant, which opened during the Jiajing reign (1522-1566). I always find it interesting how recipes as old as this one are still as popular, and almost everyone has heard or tried Beijing duck.

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I always turn to my grandma when I think about traditional dishes like homemade pasta, desserts or in this case roasted duck. I’ve shared the recipe for the traditional Croatian version, but this is quite the opposite. The combination of flavours will make you go crazy over it, and trust me I’m talking from experience. You can prepare this for the whole family with mashed potatoes, here in Croatia we would make mlinci, or even roasted potatoes. But everything else won’t matter after trying the duck. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Preparation: 20 min

Cook time: 3 h 30 min

Servings: 6 – 8


Ingredients

  • 1 duck
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Mirin
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp sichuan pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to season

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How to

  1. Preheat the oven to 120Β°.
  2. In a small pan toast coriander seeds, fennel seeds and sichuan pepper. Ground the toasted spices, cinnamon, smoked pepper, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Rub the duck with oyster sauce, sesame oil, mirin and the mix of ground spices.
  4. Sprinkle some sesame oil over a large baking tray. Place the duck inside.
  5. Roast the duck for 3 h in a preheated oven. Then rise the temperature to 270Β° C and roast the duck for 25 more min.
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24 Comments Add yours

  1. KR says:

    Thank you for interesting story πŸ™‚ I love duck, and I am glad to try seasoning you shared πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks! Can’t wait to read your feedback πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow. I would love to try this dish. 🌿

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Hope you do!! πŸ˜€

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  3. It sounds yummy. I enjoyed the bit of culinary history too. TGIF hugs!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks for the kind words, you should absolutely give the recipe a try!

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  4. This looks perfect. Love the crispy skin.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, that’s the best part πŸ˜€

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  5. I love how you toasted your spices first. Very nice!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, that really brings out the flavours, thanks for stopping by to check out the recipe! πŸ™‚

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  6. Love duck! Never had it fixed this way and it looks delicious!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, it’s a yummy combo of spices and flavours, it’s certainly a must-try πŸ™‚

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  7. My Real Dish says:

    Is duck available at a local grocery store there? I’ve never seen it here!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Yes, we have it in every supermarket or at the butcher’s here in Croatia πŸ™‚

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  8. What a nice share, Kreso! Always nice to learn something new… And it looks absolutely amazing. One of my favourite Chinese dishes! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment, hope you give the recipe a try and come back soon when I post a new recipe πŸ™‚

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  9. Interesting information!

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  10. You just continue to outdo yourself, Chef! All I can say is Wow, and my mouth is watering at the thought of this!! I haven’t made a duck in years but I might be making one soon, now!

    Mollie

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks Mollie, hope you do prepare one, duck is just so delicious and there are so many ways you can prepare it πŸ™‚

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  11. Thanks for such a great recipe. I love, love, love Peking duck and your spice/flavor combinations are spot on. Can’t wait to try this.

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  12. We’re missing you, Chef!! Hope all is well.

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