Orange and Balsamic Roasted Duck Legs

So this recipe happened because lots of people seem to think duck and orange go well together, and seeing as I had some duck and some oranges I thought I’d give it a go. Most of the recipes I found whilst Googling for inspiration seemed a little complicated, and that doesn’t work for me, I need shit to be easy. So I put the laptop away and made one up.

I absolutely love crispy duck skin, so I cooked this on a rack in an oven tray. But I think if you wanted more sauce you could cook the duck without the rack – I might try it that way next time, but if you get there first let me know how it turns out.

Matthew’s dad was over for dinner when I cooked this and between us we ate all 4 duck legs. If you’re not as greedy as us, this would probably be enough for 4 people.

What you need
4 duck legs with skin
zest of 1 orange
juice of ½ the orange
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
handful of fresh coriander
1 or 2 cloves of garlic (I used 2, garlic is awesome!)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to make it:
Preheat your oven to 150C.
Wash the duck legs, pat dry with kitchen towel and place in a large plate or bowl.
Prick the skin, but not too far otherwise I find the duck gets dry when cooked.
Sprinkle with salt and rub this into the skin.

Add the following to your food processor: orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, coriander and garlic.
Blend until you get a paste.
Pour this over the duck legs and make sure they are well coated in the marinade.
Sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper.

Place the duck legs on a rack in a roasting tray.
Pour over any remaining marinade.
Place in the oven near the top, and cook for about 90 minutes.

Hopefully you’ll end up with lovely crispy duck skin!

I served these with some sweet potato chips and stir-fried broccoli.

Orange and Balsamic Duck Leg



  1. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using duck or other game birds. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . It would be great if you checked out some of the other links – there are some good ones already. Cheers

    1. Hi Carole, thank you for getting in touch. I just added this recipe to your website as well as our recipe for Ginger and Garlic Duck Rolls. The other recipes on there also look great, we might be trying some out!

      1. Arifa, thanks for the great linnks in to Food on Friday. I hope to see you again soon over at Carole’s Chatter. The new Food on friday tomorrow is all about carrots and leeks. Cheers

  2. […] Orange & Balsamic Roasted Duck Legs […]

  3. This has been in the oven for all of ten minutes and already smells delicious. Can’t wait to eat it! Thanks for the recipe.

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