Citrus Duck Roast with Crispy Skin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

I think duck intimidates people because it’s not a super common option here in the US, but duck is a delicious fatty bird. This citrus duck with crispy skin roasts up while rendering delicious fat over diced vegetables.

Duck, Duck…

It’s meatier than chicken, with a thick layer of fat under the skin, that if cooked right, crisps up nicely. It also renders a lot of fat. Duck fat is liquid gold. It makes everything taste better, especially roasted vegetable. My favorite part of roasting a duck is removing the fat from the drip pan, tossing veggies in it, then putting them right back in the drip pan. You have a whole meal in the oven & that’s a beautiful thing.12677684_1162145670477198_1032532096_n(1)

This Citrus Duck with Crispy Skin…

It hits all the classic roasted duck notes. Crispy, check. Sweet, check. Use fat for the side dish, check. BONUS! It’s allergen-friendly and perfect for holidays. Especially if you’re only cooking for one or two people. Much smaller than a turkey, this roast is perfect for a small Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Citrus Duck with Crispy Skin

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Cook Time: 65
  • Total Time: 75


  • 1, 3-4lb, duck
  • 4 clementines (or oranges)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • (AIP reintro: 1 tsp black pepper)
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 3 stems celery
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450F
  2. Assorted veggies for roasting , I used jicama, brussel sprouts & sweet potato.
  3. Remove your bird from wrapping, check inside the cavity for the neck & giblets. If it has them, you can save them for stock (I store them in the freezer).
  4. Measure out coconut oil and drizzle it over the duck, use your hands to evenly coat it.
  5. Next, measure your salt and pepper, then rub down your oiled bird with salt (and pepper, if applicable).
  6. Peel onion & dice into 1/2 inch chunks, same with celery.
  7. Stuff into the cavity of the bird.
  8. Place on the roasting rack over drip pan.
  9. Roast at 450F for 25min.
  10. In the meantime mince 5 garlic cloves.
  11. Then juice 4 ripe clementines- I halve them and use a lemon juicer or just squeeze into a bowl with my hands.
  12. Remove seeds from juice, then add in garlic, ginger, coconut aminos & Himalayan salt.
  13. Mix garlic & juice with 1 tsp ginger powder & 3 tbsp coconut aminos, 1 tbsp pink Himalayan salt.
  14. After 25 minutes are up, remove the duck from oven.
  15. Lower temp to 375F.
  16. Drain fat from drip pan {use for veggies}.
  17. I had my veggies diced and ready to go. I tossed them in the fat, and spread them out over the sheet pan, they were ready to eat along with the duck!
  18. Brush duck with juice mix. Make sure to get in between the wings and thighs and the underside too.
  19. Place back in the oven & brush every 20 minutes (just brushing the top thoroughly will do) for an hour or until done .
  20. The duck skin will begin to darken, becoming golden, then orange-brown and crisp looking.
  21. Each time you insert your brush in the mix give it a little mix to pick up the garlic & move the ginger.
  22. Let it settle for a few minutes after removing from oven.
  23. In the meantime mince a bunch of Thai basil to serve with it.
  24. Cut duck into quarters or shred it, serve over roasted vegetables with basil on top. perfection.

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