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How to Cook a Crispy Duck in a Convection Oven

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How to Cook a Crispy Duck in a Convection Oven
A plate of crispy duck and potatoes. Photo Credit vikif/iStock/Getty Images

A favorite in Asian and French cuisine, duck is a delicious addition to dinner. Duck is valued for its mild flavor that complements many side dishes. You can bake a crispy duck in a convection oven the same way that you would in a conventional oven. The only difference is that the baking time will be less since convection ovens have fans that circulate air, which keeps the temperature stable throughout the oven.

Step 1

Season the duck with your choice of seasonings. Thyme, rosemary and sea salt work well with the mild duck flavors.

Step 2

Place the whole duck down on a roasting rack. Place the rack on the roasting pan. Add 1 inch of water just below the duck. This will collect the fat drippings into the pan, which will promote a crispy texture for the duck skin.

Step 3

Place the baking pan in the oven at 400 F. Bake the duck for 2 hours in your convection oven, which is 30 percent less the standard baking time in a conventional oven.

Step 4

Insert a meat thermometer into the duck. A fully cooked duck should read 160 F, indicating that the duck is safe to eat.

Step 5

Remove the duck from the oven and discard the fat drippings that have accumulated in the baking pan. Allow the duck to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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