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This is a winning dish that will impress anyone at your table. It can be dressed up as an elegant number or simply shared as we have here with slices of cucumber and plenty of napkins for your fingers.

Cook Time: 105 minutes
Serves: 4


Create your coriander salt by lightly heating the salt, coriander and cumin in a non-stick frying pan so they merge into one fragrant powder.

Remove the duck’s neck and wing tips. Pluck out any remaining feathers. Rub the duck all over with half the coriander salt and refrigerate overnight. Reserve remaining salt.

The following day, put all the poaching stock ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Carefully immerse the duck. Cover with lid and simmer gently for one hour. Don’t allow the stock to boil. After an hour turn off heat and leave the duck to sit in the hot stock for 5 minutes before taking out to drain well. Invert the duck to ensure all the stock drains from the cavity. Leave it to dry in the fridge for a couple of hours.

When duck is ready to cook, cut into 10 pieces.

Preheat oven to 200C.

In a large frying pan heat olive oil and fry duck, skin side down, and cook until golden brown (4-5 minutes) on medium heat. Remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper. Place duck on baking tray and place in oven for 6-8 minutes, duck should be hot and sizzling.

Serve with fresh mint, coriander, strips of cucumber, tahini yoghurt (recipe below), pita pockets, sliced orange and the remaining coriander salt.

Tahini yogurt 

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well (Makes 1/2 a cup).

Quick tip

You can prepare you duck a day in advance.



Coriander salt

4 tablespoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons ground cumin

3 tablespoons sea salt ground to fine powder



1 whole duck size 18

100 millilitres Cooking oil


Poaching stock 

2 large onions quartered

2 Garlic Cloves crushed

2 celery sticks diced

2 Farro cinnamon sticks

6 pods green cardamom cracked

1 fresh red chilli split

Pinch of saffron threads

5 tablespoons Honey

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 litres water


To serve

fresh coriander

fresh mint

1 Cucumber sliced

Tahini yoghurt see recipe below

pita pockets

Oranges sliced


Tahini yogurt 

100 grams greek yoghurt

25 grams Tahini

Juice of half a lemon

Salt and Pepper

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