For the most impressive holiday dinner, serve this deep-fried duck with a fig-orange glaze and watch your family swoon over every mouth-watering bite!


Duck Whole duck Salt and pepper Garlic powder Onion powder Peanut oil Glaze Fig jam Orange juice Garlic Ginger Salt Cinnamon Cloves Allspice Cayenne Orange zest

Heat the peanut oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Trim off excess fat on the side opposite of the duck cavity. If there's excess fat by the cavity, you can trim that too.


Mix together the salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Rub the spices all over the duck and tie the legs together using kitchen twine.


When the oil reaches temperature, carefully lower the duck into the oil so that it's fully submerged. Cover the fryer and fry the duck until the leg joint reaches 180 degrees F.


To make the glaze, bring the glaze ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan. Allow it to reduce. Turn off heat and stir in orange zest.


Remove the duck from the fryer and place on a cutting board. Brush with the glaze and allow the duck to rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute to the meat before carving.


Enjoy a decadent holiday dinner with this deep-fried duck and that festively flavored fig glaze. This is one meal the whole family will cherish every season.

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Wow! This duck made for a beautiful presentation at a small Christmas party we hosted. Everyone was so impressed. The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was moist and delicious.