Duck Under a Brick

Duck under a brick

This method reduces cooking time by spatchcocking or butterflying a whole duck and then weighing it down with bricks. This ensures more skin contact with the skillet, so it crisps quickly.



  • 1

    1 large Cast Iron Skillet

  • 2

    2 Bricks

  • 3

    Aluminum Foil


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350 F.

  • 2

    Spatchcock or butterfly the whole duck.

  • 3

    Season the duck with salt and pepper on both sides.

  • 4

    Wrap bricks in foil; place into the oven while it preheats.

  • 5

    On the stove top, preheat the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  • 6

    Coat the bottom of the skillet with oil.

  • 7

    Coat the bottom of the skillet with oil.

  • 8

    Turn duck over and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.

  • 9

    Remove bricks from oven and place directly onto the duck in the skillet.

  • 10

    Place skillet with duck and bricks into the oven.

  • 11

    Cook for 25 minutes, then check the internal temperature at the thigh joint; Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 175-180 F.

  • 12

    Remove the bricks and enjoy.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Ready Time: 50 Minutes
Servings: 4