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How to Roast a Whole Duck in the Steam Oven

The added humidity in the Combi Steam Oven provides the perfect environment for roasting duck. And if you follow these simple steps you will avoid splattering fat all around the oven, so you can enjoy a delicious feast without having to face a major clean-up. 

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1 whole duck


Larissa Taboryski


Here are the important steps for success for roasting a 4 - 5lb duck.

  • Season the duck a day in advance with kosher salt and your preferred seasoning

  • Set the duck on a rack in a shallow pan at least 2” high (to contain the rendered fat) and cover loosely with a sheet of parchment or wax paper and refrigerate overnight.

  • Let the duck sit outside of the refrigerator an hour or more prior to cooking.

  • Heat the Combi Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode 325 degrees.

  • Set the timer for 1 hour 15 minutes. If your oven has a temperature probe, insert into the thickest part of the breast not touching bone (can be tricky with a duck) and program to 155 degrees.

  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven, set the rack with the duck on a rimmed baking sheet and carefully pour the rendered duck fat into a small bowl or measuring cup.

  • Change the oven Mode to Convection NO Humidity, 425 degrees.

  • Brush the duck with some of the rendered duck fat, slide the pan into the Combi Steam Oven and cook for another 25 - 30 minutes until golden. Allow the duck to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving into sections for serving.

While the duck is cooking in the final stage, you can toss potatoes or other root vegetables with some of the rendered duck fat and roast them in the Convection Roast or Bake Mode, 375 degrees. Greens such as kale or broccolini can be combined with the potatoes for the final 8 - 10 minutes of cooking.

Convection Method

This same method of cooking the duck at a low temperature in the initial cooking stage and finished with high heat can also be done in your Convection Oven. Follow the same steps as noted above using these Oven Modes and Temperatures. Cooking the duck at low temperatures using Convection will ensure the juice stays in the meat, finishing at high temperatures in the more drying Radiant heat, ensures a nice crispy finish.

Convection Roast 325 - 1 hour 15 minutes

Regular Roast or Bake 425 - 25 minutes

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Baked Chicken and Rice

There are many versions of chicken and rice dishes and Arroz con Pollo is one of the most flavorful, it's a perfect dish to feed a crowd. This recipe shows several options for cooking the chicken and rice in a steam or convection oven.


Larissa Taboryski



8 - pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (legs and thighs work best)

2 - tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 - teaspoon Kosher salt

½ - teaspoon granulated garlic

1 - teaspoon ground cumin

½ - teaspoon mild or spicy smoked paprika

½ - teaspoon ancho chili powder

1 - teaspoon ground turmeric

1 - teaspoon dried oregano

Set the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet, and combine the oil and spices in a small bowl and rub into the chicken.

Vegetables and Additional Ingredients:

1 - tablespoon olive oil

1 - large yellow onion, diced

1 - medium yellow pepper, diced

1 - poblano chili, diced (if you like some spice)

3 - cloves, garlic minced

1 - Portugese mild or spicy Linguica sausage diced

1 - 14oz can chopped tomatoes

1 - cup short grain rice or Arborio

2 - cups chicken stock


½ - cup Manzanilla Spanish olives

¼ - cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Oven Options:

  1. Cook the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the  Convection or Convection Steam Mode while cooking the rice and vegetables on the  cooktop. Cool and slice the chicken and combine with the chicken and  pan juices with the rice. OR

  2. Sear the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the  Convection Mode while sauteing the vegetables on the cooktop.  Add the  rice and stock to the pan, nestle the seared chicken pieces in the rice  and bake covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam Oven  for 30 - 35  minutes.

Oven Method 1:

Heat the Convection oven in the Convection Roast Mode or the Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode to 375 degrees.

Cook the chicken for 25 - 30 minutes until the skin is crisp and golden.

When the chicken has cooled, slice it  (or leave whole  if you prefer) then skim the fat from the pan juices and stir the  juices into the rice mixture.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the rice mixture.

Heat a large saute pan over moderate heat,  add the oil, increase the temperature to medium high and saute the onion  for a few minutes to soften.

Stir in the peppers and cook for a few minutes until the edges begin to brown.

Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes then add the  sausage, cook for another minute or so then add the tomatoes and cook  for 4 - 5 minutes.

Stir in the rice and add the chicken stock, cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes until the rice is tender.

Gently stir in the olives, add the chicken and garnish with the chopped cilantro.

Oven Method 2:

Sear the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet in the  Convection Mode 375 (convection and steam ovens) degrees for 15 minutes and begin the rice preparation on the cooktop.

Saute the vegetables as directed above in a large  ovenproof pan and once you have added the liquid, nestle the par cooked chicken  pieces into the pan and scrape any cooking juices into the pan. 

Cook uncovered in the Steam Oven in the Combination mode 350 degrees for 30 - 35  minutes until the rice is tender OR covered in the Convection Bake mode 350 degrees in a Convection oven.

Garnish as directed.

Serves 6 - 8

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