How to Roast a Duck Leg


Unleash your daring side the next time you want poultry. Buy duck instead of chicken and discover the delicious, juicy taste with very little effort. That's because duck meat is easy to cook if you follow the proper techniques. For instance, you can make a duck leg quite simply by slow roasting it in your oven. Serve the duck leg with your favorite vegetable and savor the contrasting flavors. You may think twice before you buy chicken again.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 duck leg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 sliced garlic clove
  • Roasting pan
  • Safely thaw your duck leg in the refrigerator. It will usually take a day to thaw. Never thaw duck meat on the counter.

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Duck tastes delicious when it is roasted slowly at lower temperatures.

  • Season the duck. Simply sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Place the duck leg in a roasting pan with the skin facing up. Add a sliced garlic clove to the pan for extra flavor.

  • Cook the duck for 1 1/2 hours. The fat will melt off, and the skin will be crisp. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer. The USDA states that the minimum internal temperature should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Thaw the duck leg in cold water if you choose. Simply place the duck leg in a sealed plastic bag. Place the bag in a bowl of cold water. Pour the water out after 30 minutes and add fresh cold water. Keep changing the water every half hour until the duck leg has thawed.
  • Substitute duck meat the next time you want a chicken salad. Simply pull the meat off the roasted leg and make your salad as you normally do.
  • Refrigerate duck meat up to two days before cooking it.
  • You can safely freeze duck for up to six months.

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