Roast spiced duck with plums

If you're looking for an alternative Sunday roast, try this roast spiced duck served with plums. It's the perfect balance of savoury, sweet and sour

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:2 hrs 25 mins
  • Serves 4
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 762
  • fat 59g
  • saturates 17g
  • carbs 22g
  • sugars 22g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 33g
  • salt 2.9g


  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 4 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 2½ kg whole duck
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 6 plums, halved and stoned
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 75ml red wine vinegar
  • 300ml chicken stock


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 4. Toast the star anise and coriander seeds in a dry pan until aromatic. Tip the toasted spices into a spice grinder with 2 tsp sea salt and grind into a fine powder (or crush using a pestle and mortar). Put the spice salt in a bowl, add the sugar, mix well and set aside.

  2. Lightly score the skin of the duck in a criss-cross pattern and heat the oil in a large casserole. Using a pair of tongs to turn it, brown the duck well on all sides, pour off the excess fat, then sit the duck breast-side up and season all over with the sugar and spice mix. Pack the plums around the outside, then scatter over the bay and pour over the vinegar and stock.

  3. Roast in the oven for 2 hrs or until the duck is golden and the plums have broken down. Turn the oven right up for 10 more mins to crisp up the skin. Take the duck out of the pan to rest for 10 mins and spoon the excess fat off the plums. Carve the duck and serve with a good spoonful of plums.

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