Duck a l’orange

Duck a l’Orange is a specialty of Italian cuisine contrary to what one might think. Original recipe from Tuscany, where in the 15th century the citrus juice was used as a preservative. This Tuscan dish once called “papero alla melarancia” was brought to France by Caterina de Medici.

Duck a l'orange

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostMedium
  • Preparation time30 Minutes
  • Cooking time1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Serving6-8
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineItalian


1 duck
1 orange zest
1 orange (in slices)
2 sprigs thyme
1 clove garlic
1 onion
2 carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons liquor (orange)

For orange sauce

2 orange juice
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 orange (only zest)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


1 Peeler
1 Knife
1 Baking Tray
1 Pot


Peel the orange (ingredient of the sauce) trying not to remove the white part. Cut it into julienne strips and blanch the rinds in boiling water 3 times, changing the water each time. Wash and dry the duck. With a brush, brush the whole duck with oil. Prepare a mix with salt, pepper, thyme and the orange zest. Season the duck well both inside and outside with the prepared mix. Place 2-3 slices of orange inside the duck. Cut the onion and carrots into not too small pieces. Arrange them in a pan and add two tablespoons of oil and the garlic clove. Arrange the duck on top of the vegetables, place a few slices of orange on the breast. Bake at 200 ° C for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Halfway through cooking, add the orange liqueur and remove the orange slices from the breast. When the duck is cooked, remove it from the pan. Strain the bottom and combine the orange juice with the sugar and zest. Put the pan on the stove and let the sauce thicken, stirring occasionally. Add the knob of butter. Strain the sauce and serve with the duck.

Duck a l'orange

Cook’s Tips

For the preparation of this dish t’ important to use untreated organic oranges.

Duck a l’orange can be kept for 3-4 days in the refrigerator closed in a container.

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