Roasted Duck in Orange and Orange Liqueur Sauce.

Duck in Orange and Van Der Hum Sauce
Duck in Orange and Orange Liqueur Sauce

I adore traditional Sunday food!   I feel deliriously happy when I have something roasting in the oven on Sunday morning, plotting what I would fix for dessert to create the perfect Sunday lunch.  This Sunday was no different, only this time I swapped the traditional roast chicken for duck.

It is not every day that fresh free range duck is available in South Africa, so I jumped at the opportunity to take this guy home when I found it at one of our local food stores.  Duck is one of my favorite meals to order when I get the chance at a restaurant.  I am happy to report to my dear readers that the not so skinny cook would be very satisfied and most happy to eat the above recipe at  any restaurant.  As my five-year old son, who watches a lot of cooking shows with his mother, would say (in his best Afrikaans accent): delicious!

Duck in Orange and Van Der Hum Sauce
Duck in Orange and Orange Liqueur Sauce

Now this duck is firstly roasted, cut into pieces and then gently cooked in an orange flavored sauce, creating a crispy duck in intense orange flavors.   I decided to serve the roast duck with whole roasted baby potatoes, sweet baby carrots, and minted peas.   This Sunday roast was the perfect beginning to a new week with further promises of sun and spring.

Duck in Orange and Van Der Hum Sauce
Duck in Orange and Orange Liqueur Sauce

This mouth-watering dish will serve 4 persons.  Preparation time about 1/2 an hour.  Cooking time about 41/4 hours.



  • 1   2kg duck
  • 10 ml ginger powder
  • salt and black cracked pepper
  • 1 orange cut into quarters
  • 1 onion cut into quarters
  • 180 ml Orange Liqueur
  • 1 cup of unsweetened orange juice
  • 2 cups of  good quality vegetable stock
  • 1/2 orange cut into julienne strips
  • 2 Tbsps cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce


  1. Rinse the duck with water and remove all unwanted fat around the neck , tail and the cavity of the duck.
  2. Rub the duck all over with ginger, salt and pepper.

3. Place all the orange quarters as well as the onion inside of the body cavity.

4. Prick with a fork all over to allow the fats to cook out.

5.  Roast in a pre-heated oven  of 220º C for half an hour on a roasting rack in your pan  and remove from oven.

6.  Drain all fats from the pan and add about 2 cups of water to the pan, prick all over once more and lower the heat of the oven to 180º C.   Pour  a 1/4  of a cup of orange liqueur over the duck before replacing in the oven.  Proceed to roast for another hour.

7. Remove from the oven and turn the duck on it’s back to ensure even roasting.  Prick for a third time and pour another 1/4 cup of orange liqueur over.  Return to the oven for about another hour.  Do a prick test between the thighs and the legs to check if the juices run clear, which is an indication that the duck has been cooked through.  Remove from the oven and place aside while you prepare the sauce.

Orange Sauce.

  1.  In a sauce pan bring the veggie stock, orange juice and orange peel to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

2.  Make a paste by adding the remaining orange liqueur and soy sauce to the cornstarch and then add this paste to the cooking orange mixture.  Cook until thick and season further if required.

Final Preparations:

Cut the duck into neat pieces and place in a roasting dish.  Pour the orange sauce over and bake in a pre-heated oven of 160º C.

Enjoy with your favourite glass of fruity white wine and company for a Sunday lunch.

This recipe was adapted from Lynn Bedford Hall’s Keur uit die kookkuns in Suid-Afrika ISBN 186872 520 0  which you can order for further reference from Kalahari.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Taste Café Pretoria says:

    It is such a pitty that duck is so scarce in SA and that few South Africans actually like duck also. So I am in total agreement with you, if it is on the menu, I’ll order it, or if I can get it fresh, I’ll buy it! For truly delicious duck, you have to treat youself to duck at Zest Bistro in Greenlyn Village in Menlo Park – Chef Sidney really makes an amazing confit of duck.



    1. Thanks Willie, I am putting Zest Bistro on my where- to- eat- list. Maybe you can do a pate as well for us at Taste Cafe ;-). I am desperate to buy some duck breasts so if anyone know about someone who is selling them here in Pretoria please let me know. 🙂

      1. Taste Café Pretoria says:

        As a rule, I usually do duck liver pâté on the last Saturday of every month. Woolworths in Brooklyn sell fresh duck, Braeside Meat in JHB sell free range duck, an amazing butchery and worth visiting because they have a wonderful range of free range meats only! I did a poll in the beginning of the year to see if there was any interest in duck products should I stock them at the market, but the response was poor and most people indicated that they don’t like duck.



  2. A very flavourful way to prepare duck. Love the sauce a lot.

  3. Oh! I’ll definitely give this a try. Duck season starts this weekend where we live and my husband always brings home a few. I’ve never been a big fan, but I manage to eat them. This sounds like a great way to make them. He usually only keeps the breasts though – the wild duck are too small to roast the whole thing (plus you risk chomping down on a pellet).

    1. Lucky fish! The only hunting we do is the hunting down the frozen meat isle. Good idea to only eat the breast… Don’t want risk losing a tooth! i had the left-overs on a sandwich this morning and it was even better. Let me know if you like this recipe.

  4. Love your flavors going on. I also love a great family Sunday dinner with everyone gathered around. This dish would be the star of the show.

    1. Thanks. Try it you will like it!

  5. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautifully done, love the sauce! Love the pictures!!

    1. Thank you, to blog is one of my favourite things….

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