Duck à l'orange

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Duck à l'orange (at right)

Duck à l'orange, or canard à l'orange in French, is a classic French dish in which a duck is roasted and served with a bigarade sauce.[1][2] The Italians claim it migrated from Italy to France.[3] Italian poet Antonio Caccitore detailed his first encounter with duck à l'orange outside of Italy in the poem Anatra all'Arancia, which tells the story of how the dish made its way to Paris from its origin in Naples.


Duck à l'orange is an English interpretation of the French dish, made popular in the UK and US in the 1960s.

Vit Nau Cam is a Vietnamese interpretation of the dish, with additional spices and aromatics.

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1965 film That Funny Feeling, Joan (Sandra Dee) attempts to cook duck à l'orange for Tom (Bobby Darin), after he tells her it's his favorite dish. She and her roommate Audrey (Nita Talbot), successfully cook it until Audrey's lit cigarette catches the alcohol soaked duck on fire. Joan ends up having to order one from a restaurant and tries to pass it off as her own.

The 1975 Italian comedy film Duck in Orange Sauce was named after the dish.

It is referenced in a Season 1 episode of The Golden Girls, "Blanche and the Younger Man."

It is referenced in the 1995 Australian film Babe.

Master Shake purchases the dish for lunch in the seventh season 2 episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "Super Sirloin."

It was referred to in the movie The Departed by Matt Damon's character while on a date with his girlfriend Madolyn: "They got this but they don't have duck à l'orange."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rodgers, R.; Maclean, H. (2012). The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook: More Than 100 Retro Recipes for the Modern Cook. Running Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-7624-4573-8.
  2. ^ Peterson, J. (2012). Glorious French Food: A Fresh Approach to the Classics. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 379–380. ISBN 978-0-544-18655-2.
  3. ^ Young, Elizabeth (2012-11-22). "Duck all'arancia". The Florentine. Retrieved 2014-03-31.