Roasted Duck Legs with Orange and Pomegranate Sauce

Mains / Christmas / Seasonal / Winter

Roast duck legs with maple
4 portions


  • 4 duck legs
  • Vegetable oil, to cover
  • 1 head of garlic, broken into cloves
  • 1 bunch of rosemary
  • 1 orange, unpeeled and sliced thinly
  • 340g Pomegranate
  • 170g demerara sugar
  • 255ml orange juice
  • 1tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 2tbsp water


  1. Over a medium-high heat, place all sauce ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until orange slices appear soft and cooked.
  3. Remove orange slices and carefully set aside; then over low heat, continue cooking until sauce is slightly thickened.
  4. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the duck legs in one layer in a roasting tin and confit for 1 hour.
  5. When the duck legs have been cooking for 1 hour remove from the oven and spoon off almost all the fat (save for future confiting).
  6. Pour the sauce over and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes to finish cooking and reduce the sauce.
  7. Garnish with orange slices to serve.

A delightful Christmas duck, paired with a showstopping pomegranate sauce. Made with fresh fruits, aromatic herbs and pure maple syrup, this duck recipe is brimming with rich, warming flavours. The roasted duck legs, drizzled generously in the homemade pomegranate sauce, are sure to impress guests over Christmas.

If you like the look of these duck legs, make sure to check out our other Christmas recipes.

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