Instant Pot Duck

Whole duck in a black pan on wooden table with carrots, tomatoes, rosemary and spices
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A delicious, tempting and yet super easy Instant Pot duck recipe you can make in only 50 minutes.

Whole duck in a black pan on wooden table with carrots, tomatoes, rosemary and spices

Make the best roasted duck ever using your Instant Pot.

This aromatic and buttered roasted duck recipe will be a festive favorite for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

Works great with some roasted vegetables (bell pepper, zucchinibrussels sprout, and any other you like) aside.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck Recipe Video

Do I need to clean the Instant Pot after sauteing the duck?

Before adding the chicken stock, you can remove the grease and oil on the bottom of the Instant Pot.

You can use a wooden spoon to clean it easily.

Personally, I'm doing it but It's not mandatory.

Can I use frozen duck?

Yes, you can make this Instant Pot roast duck recipe with frozen duck.

In this case, add 10 minutes to the pressure cooking time.

To be honest, I don't recommend using semi-frozen or frozen duck for this recipe, since a fresh one would have a much better taste.

Whole duck roasted with rosemary, spices and lemon slices on top in blue plate

How to get a crispy duck?

After cooking, use Instant Pot air fryer lid or Mealthy CrispLid, and Air Fryer the duck at 375 °F for 10 minutes.

You can also use the oven and put the duck under the broiler for 10 minutes for a better taste.

How to serve

Serve with roasted veggies and fresh salad for a healthy meal.

You can also use these ideas for side dishes:

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Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

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Instant Pot White Beans

Can I make the duck more crispy?

Yes, of course. Your duck won't be crispy after the natural release.

To make it crunchy and crispy then Air Fry it for ANOTHER 10 minutes.

How to make Instant Pot Roasted Duck?

Gather the necessary ingredients.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck

Season the body and cavity of the duck with salt, lemon juice, Thyme, and black pepper.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck

Saute the Instant Pot for 5 minutes and add butter.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck

Once the butter is melted completely, add seasoned duck and add chicken broth.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck

Cover the pot & set it to High Pressure for 25 minutes.

When cooking time is complete, wait for a Natural Release.

Instant Pot Roasted Duck

Dish out & serve hot. You can also broil or air fryer for 10 minutes if you'd like.

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Whole duck in a black pan on wooden table with carrots, tomatoes, rosemary and spices

Instant Pot Duck

Make your holiday dinner extra special by serving this delicious roast duck!
4.63 from 102 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, Instant Pot Roasted Duck, Roasted Duck
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 43 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 wild duck 3-4 lb
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Instructions

  • Prick the skin of the duck using a fork.
  • Season the body and cavity of the duck with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity of the duck with lemon and rosemary and tie up the legs together.
  • Select "saute" and add butter to the Instant Pot.
  • Add the duck and saute for a few minutes until browned on all sides. 
  • Select "cancel" and remove the oil and grease from your Instant Pot.
  • Add chicken broth and close the lid.
  • Cook at high pressure for 25 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid and serve 🙂

For a crispy duck

  • Place the Air Fryer Lid and Air Fry at 375 °F for 10 minutes. You can also use the oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 831kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 22g Fat: 81g Saturated Fat: 29g Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g Monounsaturated Fat: 37g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 160mg Sodium: 278mg Potassium: 462mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 504IU Vitamin C: 22mg Calcium: 32mg Iron: 5mg

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29 thoughts on “Instant Pot Duck

  1. 5 stars
    I have found that the recipe for Instant Pot Duck is a high temperature cooking process and ghee is the best cooking oil for ghee's high smoke point. Now you may wonder is ghee healthier than butter? The answer is yes, ghee is more nutritious. Great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Turned out amazing! Didn’t have any lemons so I used lemon juice. Also used honey butter instead of plain butter, sautéed the duck on all four sides, and had it sitting in the pot on top of halved apples so the fat would drip down. Even after pressure cooking and natural release, the skin wasn’t gross or soggy at all. I’ve never used so little liquid before, so maybe that’s the secret alone with keeping it up out of the rendered fat? The duck was fantastic and even better the next day (what little was left). This recipe is a definite keeper and we plan to use it for other birds as well.

  3. i love to cook and ha d a duck saved up for xmas. my brother got me an instant pot so of course this is my first time trying it - after reading everything about it first and finding this recipe. So muxh time saved! i hate taking hours to cook!!!

  4. I followed the instructions (I had a 5.10 lb. Brome Lake Bird) and I was disappointed with the outcome. The flavour was great but it wasn't "fall-of-the-bone" tender. Should I have cooked it longer than 25 min at HP? I did the full NR, let it cool and then broiled @400 for 5 min. each side. Amy suggestions?

  5. Hi Corrie,
    Thank you for the recipe!
    I am quite new to Instant Pot, and I have a question: do you place the duck on the rack?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Welcome! And great question. You do not have to place the duck on the rack-- just directly into the pot. This is true for the majority of recipes, unless it specifies placing the item onto a rack or trivet.

  6. I will be cooking a 2kg duck with Indian spices, and stuffing. Maybe over Easter Break. Will let you know how turns out.

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