Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce

If you can get your hands on a pastured duck, I highly recommend making a roast duck. I think it's even better than chicken and it's much easier to roast. With chickens, you have to do a lot of basting. Not required with a duck. Plus, it's nice to have a little variety.

One of the best things about a roast duck is the reduction sauce. Not only is a reduction sauce unbelievably delicious (and makes the leftovers so good the next day), but it adds lots of good fat to the meal. Additionally, the stock makes it much more digestible and add lots of minerals.

It also makes clean up a snap.

I made a cherry reduction sauce a few nights ago and it was fantastic. Pretty good for my first attempt!

I'm telling you, it's very easy to do and your family (or dinner guests) will love it. You really can't go wrong with this sauce. It sounds very fancy but it's so easy to make. And the duck and the sauce can be made ahead. The duck can be served at room temperature and served with sauce warmed on the stove.

Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce

Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce

  • Author: Ann Marie Michaels


  • Pastured duck, preferably one that has not been fed soy — ask your farmer (1 whole)
  • Duck, chicken, or beef stock (1 pint – 16 ounces)
  • Sour cherries, organic if possible (1 cup – 8 ounces)
  • Sherry or red wine vinegar (1/2 cup – 4 ounces)
  • Butter, grass-fed if possible (2 ounces)
  • Shallots (2) — I did not have shallots so I just used 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • Sucanat, you can also use maple syrup; if you want to make this GAPS-friendly, use honey (1 tsp)
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Roasting the Duck

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Take the duck out of the fridge and take out the organs from the cavity and set aside (You can eat the heart and liver — or feed them to your children if you have any. Use the neck and other organs for making stock.)

3. Prick the bird all over with a fork, then pat it with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
4. Place the duck in roasting pan, breast up (as shown), on a rack and truss with kitchen twine.

5. Roast for 45 minutes.
6. Using wooden spoons (and/or tongs), flip the duck over and roast for another 45 minutes.
7. Flip the duck again and roast for 45 more minutes.
8. When done, let rest for at least 15 minutes on a cutting board.
9. Be sure to save the fat to use for cooking, and save the bones for stock.

Deglazing the Pan/Making the Sauce

1. With the duck set aside, pour off all but a few tablespoons of the duck fat from your roasting pan. Save the extra fat in a jar — it's great cooking fat!
2. Put the roasting pan on the stove (you can spread it across 2 burners).
3. Add the chopped shallots, vinegar and rapadura or maple syrup.
4. Use a wooden spoon or other implement to clean the stuck bits of meat off of the pan.
5. Cook for several minutes until the liquid thickens. Set the heat to medium high.
6. Add 2 cups of homemade chicken or duck stock (it's fine if it's frozen).
7. Let boil rapidly until the liquid reduces by half and the sauce is nice and thick and coats the back of a spoon.
8. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
9. Stir in two tablespoons of butter and the cherries.
10. Carve and plate the duck. Ladle the sauce over the meat and serve.

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Equipment Needed for This Recipe

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

12 thoughts on “Roast Duck with Cherry Reduction Sauce

  1. Where in this continent did you find sour cherries????? I LOVE them , but haven’t seen anywhere here…My grandma used to cook with them dolmas’ …And that is heaven on earth , my friend…Not to forget about sour cherry preserve and its juice
    I am thinking about growing one from the pit.

    Your duck looks very mouth watering by the way…hmmm … I should come by one day for dinner 😉

    See you soon!!

  2. Ann Marie, if you’re still checking these comments, I have one quick question…you keep the duck uncovered in the oven, right? Just checking. Thanks!

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