Air Fried Smokey Citrus Duck
Food really is the way into someone’s heart. That’s why we’re sharing this easy, hands off, air fried smokey citrus duck recipe with you this Valentine’s Day!
Sticky, tart, and sweet are the best words to describe this decadent duck dish. The citrus zing of the orange glaze cuts through the richness of the duck, while the celeriac mash delivers earthy tones. Recreate this sophisticated duck à l’orange inspired meal for your Valentine, without getting too technical.
Get a head start
You can prepare the duck ahead of time, and simply finish off when your guest arrives. By seasoning and leaving your duck in the fridge you can deepen those tangy flavours without lifting a finger. Simply cook in your air fryer or oven an hour before serving for a tantalizing meal! If you want to prep ahead, then follow steps 1-5 below; and 20 minutes before you want to serve continue from steps 6-8.
How do I cook duck?
Often when people see duck recipes they get intimidated and shy away. You can use an oven or an air fryer in this recipe – We promise, it is simple and delicious!
First off, it’s important understand what piece of duck you are going to cook. The breasts can tend to be more more technical to cook perfectly, while the legs are a more forgiving cut, best suited for gentle low and slow cook times. In our recipe we show you how to cook beautiful duck legs. When your duck leg is perfectly cooked, the meat will be tender, and shred easily with a fork.
What if I don’t have time for the sides?
You can always purchase your veggies or sides ready made from the store. All you’ll need to do is plate up your ready-to-go sides with the duck and voila, your meal is ready. If you aren’t much of a celeriac or cabbage fan, then you can always try other side. We suggest something that is earthy to really compliment the duck, but the choice is yours. Have a look at more sides and salads recipes on our website to impress your date.
As always, if you try this recipe let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Watch our full Instagram video here. Happy cooking!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this gluten-free?
This dish is gluten free! Enjoy!
How do I know my duck is cooked through?
The duck will be perfectly cooked when the meat is soft, and easily shredded with a fork.
What do I do with the left over fat?
You can discard the fat, however it’s very important you don’t pour the it straight down your drain. You will block your drainage systems, and no one has time to do that on date night. Throw away in the trash, alternatively use the duck fat as an oil replacement in another dish – yum!