11 Best Spanish Duck Recipes

Duck isn’t a common ingredient in Spanish cuisine; however, some duck recipes incorporate Spanish flavors through wine, fruits like oranges, and nuts like chestnuts.

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If you are ready to make some flavorsome duck dishes, we have compiled eleven of our favorite recipes:

Spanish Duck Recipes

1. Pato a la sevillana – Seville-style duck

Pato a la sevillana
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If you are looking for a unique recipe whose main ingredient is duck, you need to give this recipe a go.

It is made with duck legs, carrots, onions, green olives, chicken broth, Sherry wine, lemon and olive oil.

It is a very straightforward recipe that you can put together for a family or friend’s gathering.

2. Pato con tomate – Duck in tomato sauce

Pato con tomate
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Pato con tomate is a perfect recipe for a special occasion. The high-quality meat paired with the homemade earthy tomato sauce is delightful.

You will need duck breast, tomatoes, shallots, garlic, red wine, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper.

It is a recipe that will impress you and your loved ones.

3. Pato asado – Roasted duck

Pato asado
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One of the best ways to cook duck is by roasting, precisely the technique used in this recipe.

This recipe is easy and won’t take much of your time. You will need a whole duck, oranges, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, your favorite fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.

It is an excellent dish for special occasions like Christmas and a change from the traditional turkey prepared in many countries.

4. Pato relleno a la Navarra – Stuffed duck

Pato relleno a la Navarra
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Pato relleno a la Navarra is one of those dishes to impress your guests on Christmas Day. It isn’t as straightforward as other duck recipes, but this can be your dish if you love cooking and a challenge.

A whole deboned duck, Iberian ham, sausages, foie gras, truffles, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and white wine are some of the key ingredients to cook this delicious recipe.

It might take you a few hours, but the flavors coming through this stuffed duck are worth the effort.

5. Pato estofado a la cerveza – Duck stew

Pato estofado a la cerveza
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If you are looking for a good stew, this duck stew needs to be next in your meal plan.

Although we Spaniards tend to use more common types of meat like chicken, beef, turkey, or lamb, this recipe has a bit of a twist by using duck.

It is ideal for those cold winter days, and your family and friends will love trying a new recipe.

The necessary ingredients are duck, red and green peppers, onions, beer, chicken stock, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Serve this packed-flavors stew with homemade chips or white rice.

6. Magret de pato con reducción de Pedro Ximénez – Duck breast with Pedro Ximenez wine

Magret de pato con reducción de Pedro Ximénez
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Pedro Ximenez is one of the most well-known wines in Spain, and not only can you drink it, but cook with it. In fact, there are many delicious recipes made with this wine.

You can use it for meat dishes like this one, whose key ingredients are Pedro Ximenez wine and duck breasts.

This recipe is easy to cook and perfect for those who don’t like using many ingredients to prepare a yummy dish.

Serve it with mashed potatoes and vegetables, white rice, or pasta.

7. Confit de pato con patatas – Duck confit with potatoes

Confit de pato con patatas
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Duck confit is a must-try recipe for those who love duck meat.

If you wonder what confit is, it consists of a cooking method in which meat is slowly cooked and then preserved in its own fat. You won’t see much of this cooking method in Spain, but it is in countries like France.

To make this unique dish, you will need duck confit, potatoes, duck fat, fresh parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.

This recipe contains potatoes, but you can also have it with a side of Spanish mixed salad.

8. Paté de Pato – Duck liver pate

Paté de Pato
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If you are looking for an appetizer to please your guest at your next party, you will want to check out this duck liver pate.

Of course, you can buy duck liver pate in the supermarket, but you will be surprised by how flavourful homemade pate can be.

It does take some time to prepare, so it is a good idea to cook this pate a few days before your food gathering.

You will need duck liver, onions, sherry wine, sugar, olive oil, salt and white pepper.

Enjoy this homemade pate with crostini or sliced baguette.

9. Pato guisado con verduras – Vegetable and duck stew

Pato guisado con verduras
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This duck stew is delicious, comforting, and flavourful. It only takes 1 hour to prepare, and you can switch the vegetables according to the season.

It is made with duck, peppers, carrots, peas, green beans, courgettes, onions, chicken stock, olive oil, salt and pepper.

It doesn’t need any sides as it comes with vegetables, but if you want to make it heartier, you can serve it with chips or white rice.

10. Magret de pato al vermut con uvas y castañas – Duck with vermouth, grapes and chestnuts

Magret de pato al vermut con uvas y castañas
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Magret de pato al vermut con uvas y castañas is a fantastic recipe for the festive season.

The combination of ingredients and flavors will make you want to cook this dish on future special occasions.

You need duck breasts, white vermouth, chestnuts, grapes, chicken stock, lemongrass powder, olive oil, and salt.

Accompany this duck dish with a few slices of bread to dip in the rich sauce.

11. Receta de pato asado con manzana al vino – Roasted duck with red wine infused apples

Receta de pato asado con manzana al vino
Photo by Acietes de Oliva de Espana

Last but not least, we have this delicious duck recipe perfect for any special occasion.

Although it takes an hour to cook, the preparation is quick, and the flavors are unique. 

It is made with duck, red wine, apples, prunes, potatoes, cornflour, butter, chopped parsley, and salt.

Serve hot and straight from the roasting pan alongside a few pieces of bread to dip the wine sauce.

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Cristina Reina is a freelance writer and translator, and owner of My Little World of Travelling, a travel blog that shares local tips for beautiful locations and hidden gems in Spain, her home country, and the rest of Europe, so travellers can have better and more meaningful experiences abroad. Apart from her passion for travel, she also loves cooking and trying new foods in her free time.