BBQ Duck Kebab with Orange and Asparagus

Stuff on sticks are a ubiquitous part of any good BBQ and this BBQ Duck Kebab recipe adds a whiff of ‘luxury’ to an age-old idea.

Portrait close up image of BBQ duck kebabs served on a white plate with grilled lettuce and seared orange segments served with a pint of beer

BBQ Duck Kebab.

I just had to kick off this years BBQ recipes with these kebabs. They feature simple classical flavours that work really well together.

I give them a little Asian leaning and they are perfect for early summer and late spring.

And yes I am cooking lettuce again! I will keep flogging this horse until people pick up on it.

It is a technique I use in the side to my roasted Pork Loin with Carrot recipe and coronation chicken recipes.

Lettuce is not just something to throw in a side salad, it is a viable real ingredient that we should take as much care of as any other ingredient.

Portrait overhead image of BBQ duck kebabs served on a white plate with grilled lettuce, asparagus and seared orange segments

Can I Cook These Indoors?

As with all BBQ recipes it is pretty simple to convert them to being cooked indoors.

The cooking process here is very similar to the one I use in my Indian duck Curry recipe. 

Just like that recipe all you would need to do to cook these duck kebabs indoors is slip them under a broiler.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature once you have a nice char. Then transfer to an oven until they are cooked to your liking

  • Rare:  57ยฐC
  • Medium:  62ยฐC
  • Well Done:  67ยฐC
Portrait image of BBQ duck kebabs served on a white plate with grilled lettuce and seared orange segments

Grilling Kebabs.

A kebab or kebob is nothing more than stuff on a stick. Being on a stick essentially makes things easier to turn when cooking.

They are great for a BBQ particularly when you are feeding an army because you can just prepare lots of ingredients and allow people to make their own.

But they are just as good made for two as in this recipe or indeed my pineapple chicken kebab recipe.

What are your favourite kebabs, I’d love to hear some new fresh ideas!

Landscape image of BBQ duck kebabs served on a white plate with grilled lettuce and seared orange segments served with a pint of beer
BBQ Duck Kebab with Orange and Asparagus

BBQ Duck Kebab with Orange and Asparagus

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Classic flavours dominate this BBQ Duck Kebab recipe but raises the BBQ bar and adds a little luxury to your grilling!


  • 2 Duck Breasts
  • 75 g Red Onion
  • 1 Tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 Pinch Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Baby Gem Lettuce Heart
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 5 Asparagus Spears
  • Sesame Oil


  1. You should begin by putting 6 small bamboo skewers on to soak if you are using them over metal and starting your BBQ.
  2. Take your orange and as mentioned in the ingredient list, first zest, then peel the outside with a sharp knife and segment and finally juice the remaining flesh.
  3. Cut the red onion into quarters and then break them down into individual leaves.
  4. Score the skin of your duck breasts in a cross hatch pattern about 1cm apart and then cut into 2-3cm cubes.
  5. Take the duck and thread onto the kebab sticks alternating with red onion leaves.
  6. Sprinkle the sea salt, five spice and orange juice over the duck and set aside whilst we prepare the other parts of the dish.
  7. Cut the lettuce and asparagus in half.
  8. Now drop the kebabs on a hot bbq, they should sizzle right away and cook for 3-4 minutes, they should not stick if your grill is seasoned well. If not rub the kebabs in a little oil.
  9. Just before flipping over drizzle with half of the honey, then flip and drizzle over the remaining honey and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  10. Remove from the grill and rest for a while whilst you grill the asparagus and lettuce for 2 minutes. Season the lettuce with a little salt on the cut side before grilling.
  11. Sear the orange with a blow torch or under a broiler, it is a little difficult to do on a BBQ.
  12. Plate up and add a drizzle of toasted sesame oil to serve.


You can cook this dish under a grill or broiler in the same way I did my duck tikka masala.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 605Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 326mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 60g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

10 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. I am so excited that it’s BBQ season, just waiting for the weather to get a little better and the sun to shine and we will start with the BBQ parties. Love how you added orange and asparagus to the BBQ.

    • Thanks Diana, me too, we’ll probably be cooking al fresco a couple of times a week right through till September ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I cannot wait until the summer for bbq! It’s too bad we live in a London flat though, so bbqs are not the easiest to do. Our little one really loves duck at the moment though, so I’ll have to seek out a bbq to make this for him.

    • I have a Hungarian cookbook called the chef on the roof and it is a nutter that cooks BBQ on his roof in Budapest all year round, I’ll think I’ll stick to summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Videos are time consuming for sure! Love how you snap and things get ready on their own, wish that was the case in real life- cooking would have been so much fun! These sound really good, and perfect for Bbq season!


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