Salt-Crusted Rosemary Duck

If looking for an interesting new way to cook game birds, try a salt crust. This salt-crusted rosemary duck is a perfect example. It literally locks in the juices, making for a delicious whole-bird cooking method.

Not only does the salt add flavor and trap moisture, but it is also a beautiful presentation. Serve the ducks in the crust, break them open, and carve (do not eat the crust).

This recipe is from Tiffany’s book Cooking Game Birds. To buy this book, and many more, visit here.

Salt-Crusted Rosemary Duck Recipe

Always looking for interesting ways to cook game birds, a friend suggested we try a salt crust. salt-crusted rosemary duck was a perfect choice.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 1 hour 15 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 3 cups salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium ducks dressed
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg beaten


  • camp oven


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, mix the salt, flour, and water until a stiff dough is formed. Add more water if needed. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. 
  • On a floured surface, roll the dough out so it is large enough to fold over the whole duck. 
  • Stuff the ducks with the rosemary and garlic. Place the duck on top of a rolled crust, breast-side down. Fold the crust over and lay seam-side down in a greased casserole pan. Repeat with the remaining duck. 
  • Brush the egg over the top and sides of the wrapped ducks. 
  • Bake for 75 minutes. Serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 1905kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 55gFat: 152gSaturated Fat: 51gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gMonounsaturated Fat: 72gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 331mgSodium: 85142mgPotassium: 944mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 703IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 14mg

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Tiffany Haugen has lived a semi-subsistence lifestyle for nearly 30 years. From the wild Arctic of Alaska to the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia to her current home in the Pacific Northwest, hunting and fishing are what put Tiffany’s meals on the table.

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