People often think about chicken, beef, or turkey when deciding on the main dish for dinner. These are all great options, but if you’re looking for something new and exciting to try, duck is a great choice. Duck is a little harder to find in stores, but once you do, it’s absolutely worth it. If you want to make this delectable dish at home, you can bake the duck in the oven. The oven temperature I like to use is 350 degrees Fahrenheit to get a moist and tender duck. The question comes. How long to roast a duck in oven at 350 degrees? Let’s talk about this in this post and the tips on the recipe for an oven roasted duck.
At 350 degrees Fahrenheit, it requires 2 hours and 45 minutes to roast the duck in the oven. Using this oven temp and cooking time, you can expect a tender, juicy roasted duck that has a sweet and crispy skin that is full of flavor. The perfect roasted duck will have a golden brown color on the skin with succulent and moist meat on the inside. There is nothing worse than dry and tough meat, so use this temperature to avoid this problem altogether. Even though this dish takes a while to cook, the ending product is worth the wait.
You can rest assured that using other temperatures to bake won’t ruin your dish. If you want to use a higher temperature to cook, try starting at 375 degrees. You will still get a delicious and crispy duck, but it might not be as juicy due to the higher temperatures which dry out moisture in the duck faster. Cooking at 375 degrees isn’t too high of a temperature yet, so you won’t have to worry about it burning. Plus, your duck will cook a bit faster.
If you cook at a lower temperature of 325 degrees, you can expect a much longer cooking time, but the duck meat will be more moist and tender. However, you may not get much of a crisp for the skin. Nevertheless, you can still get a juicy duck using 325 degrees. Try not to use this temperature unless you have extra time for baking and you don’t like a crispy skin on the duck.
Duck is pretty versatile when it comes to how it can be cooked, so use different temperatures to find what works best for you.
The best temperature to roast duck at is 350 degrees for tender and juicy duck meat with a crispy skin. You don’t want to bake at too high of a temperature or else you could risk drying out your duck meat. Higher temperatures typically draw out moisture from the meat, so it’s best to bake the duck meat at a lower temperature. However, cooking too low will cause you to have to wait even longer to enjoy your meal. Baking the duck at 350 degrees is the perfect temperature to use if you want a tender and juicy roasted duck in a reasonable amount of time.
Duck isn’t the most common dish out there, but it can easily hold its own when compared to other more known meats. There are many recipes for a whole duck baked in oven. However, I have a preference for this easy and simple whole duck recipe. And here’s how to cook a duck in the oven.
Go to the store and buy a 6-pound duck, seasonings, 2 lemons, an onion, honey, balsamic vinegar, and parchment paper.
Start by removing all of the insides of the duck. Clean the inside and outside thoroughly with cool water.
Lay down a piece of parchment paper on a 9×13 inch tray. Place the duck on the tray and make some incisions in the skin across the breast area.
Coat the duck in some olive oil and season well. Cut the lemon and onion into quarters and place them inside the duck.
Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it is heated, place the duck inside and cook for 2 hours.
While the duck is cooking, make the honey balsamic glaze by mixing 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of honey, and some freshly squeezed lemon juice together.
After 2 hours of baking, take the duck out and pour the balsamic honey glaze over the top. Place it back in the oven and cook for the last 45 minutes. Once baking is done, take the duck out and let it cool for 15 or so minutes before serving. Enjoy!
This is a dish that takes its time to cook, and while you can’t speed up the time in the oven, you can make preparation and future meals a little quicker. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, have the ingredients you need on hand to help save you a trip to the store. Duck can last a long time in the freezer, so keep them available for when you’re ready to start baking.
You can’t speed up the actual time it takes to bake, but you can freeze duck that has already been cooked. If you have the time, spend a day making a few ducks that you can reheat for later. You can freeze them for up to 3 months to help keep them from going bad. This will also help to significantly cut down the time it takes to reheat them when you get a craving.
Duck is naturally tasty on its own, but there are some ways to make it even tastier. Most people like their duck to taste a bit sweeter with some honey, but you can change the flavors to be a bit spicier if that’s what you prefer. Try using creole or paprika for seasonings or use hot sauce to add a little bit of tangy spice to your duck.
The best way to make this dish better is to use a side that goes good with roast duck. I love including either cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes as a side to take this dish to the next level. You can also chop up some vegetables to bake with your duck in the last half hour or so of cooking. Some nice vegetables include roasted asparagus, brussel sprouts and broccoli.
If you haven’t tried duck before, you should give it a chance. Grab a frozen duck from the store and enjoy trying this uncommon but delicious dish.
The internal temperature of the duck meat should be at 180 degrees Fahrenheit when fully cooked. The duck internal temp should be taken at the duck breast and thigh areas as the meat are thicker there and would take longer to get cooked.