Middle Eastern Style Butterflied Duck

Cook Time 1 ½ hours

Servings 4


1 whole duck

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tbsp. ground sumac

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. coriander powder

3 tbs. olive oil

A good pinch of salt and pepper


1 cup of yoghurt

2 wedges of preserved lemon, pulp removed and skin finely chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tbs. honey

Pinch sumac


For the sauce mix all of the ingredients together. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 190C.

For the marinade place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth.

To prepare the duck, cut down each side of the backbone with a pair of poultry shears ensuring to also remove the parson’s nose and neck. Press down on duck to flatten out. Pat dry with paper towelling.

Pour ¾ of the marinade over the duck and coat well. Heat a BBQ or griddle pan and seal the duck on each side for 1 minute to get it slightly charred. Now place in a baking dish and cook for 50-60 minutes, ensuring to baste it every 20 minutes with more of the marinade.

Allow the duck to rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting into 4 and serving with sauce.


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