Instant Pot Duck

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

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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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!
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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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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27 thoughts on “Instant Pot Duck

    1. I don't see why not, that sounds delicious! I would recommend adding 10 minutes to the cook time in this case, to make sure it is properly heated all the way through.

  1. I'm currently trying this right now I did orange slices and fresh rosemary from outside. I browned it in a Dutch oven and skimmed a fat then use the brownies to make duck stock with the neck and wings. this is the first time I'm cooking duck at home but we like to eat it at restaurants. thank you for the recipe

  2. I made this last night. I had a 6 pound duck so, after trying to sauté it, I had to get it out of the pot and chop it in half. That was actually the hardest part of this recipe! I used duck fat to sauté and put 3 sprigs of rosemary. Generous amount of kosher salt and black pepper and put the timer on 40 minutes as the duck was obiously bigger. Just wonderful! Cooked to perfection, super yummy, served with potato chunks fried in duck fat. Will never roast a duck in the oven again. AND this will be my Christmas supper for when we are reunited as a whole family. My son hasn't had Mom's cooking in a year (Covid 19). Thank you so much!!! Happy Holidays!

  3. I was looking for a good duck recipe and boy did I find it. We made taco with the duck and I will definitely made this again. Maybe tomorrow and the next day....... Thank you

  4. I wish I could post pics here! Did mine with an Asian 5 spice dry rub, pressure on high for 30 mins, and in the oven to crisp up. 100% amazing. Thank you!

  5. I made this tonight (with a couple minor tweaks due to what I had in the kitchen) and it was really tasty! And so much faster than my normal duck process. So I did brown the duck a bit before pressure cooking, BUT I also stuck it under the broiler after to get it nice and crispy. I didn't have lemons so I quartered up a sweet onion and an orange instead and stuffed them inside and underneath. While I was carving the duck I also turned on the sautee feature again and reduced the dippings/onion bits/leftover butter into a nice tangy gravy! SO GOOD! Normally I do my duck in the oven and it's about 3 or 4 hours once everything is said and done to get it cooked and crispy. I SUCK at meal planning so THIS is so much easier!

    1. Glad you like it 🙂 I also don't like recipes that takes 4 hours so the Instant Pot was like a magic for me.

      Oh and It's a great idea using the broiler after the cooking!

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