5spice Duck Legs

Duck legs are relatively cheap and show off to their best with some sharp seasoning and a slow cook which crisps up the skin while tenderising the rest. Delicious with these extras.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/gas 6. Mix salt and 5 spice powder.
  2. Place legs, flat side down, in a large roasting tin in a single layer.
  3. Prick all over with a fork/sharp knife to release fat during cooking and crisp the skin.
  4. Rub spice mix into each leg. Poke a piece of rosemary and garlic under each one.


  1. Roast for 50 minutes. Check twice to see they’re browning but not too dark. Pour fat off each time.
  2. Meantime, melt jam, marmalade or jelly in a small pan on low heat. Add wine or juice and water. Whisk to integrate. Simmer a few minutes. Taste and add more wine/jelly if needed for sharp/sweet contrast. Set aside. Finish the duck.
  3. Reduce heat to 180C/gas 4. Tip sauce over legs into the tin. Roast 15 minutes until jammy and crispy. Check sauce doesn’t dry out. Make a quick bit extra if needed. Remove. Rest it for 5 minutes.


  1. Place a leg (or 2) on plates with a spoonful of sauce, a pile of fried roast-style potatoes and a heap of leaf and pear salad.

Useful Cooking Information


Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb


Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints


Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise

Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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