What Vegetable to Serve With Duck Breast? Check Out These 11 Ideas!

Duck breast is juicy, tender, and.. just delicious. Serving a slice of duck breast with plain white rice sounds super simple and easy to do. But you can do a lot better. And I’m not talking about the sauce. I’m talking about the savory source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Or just call it vegetables.

What vegetable to serve with duck breast?

You can pair a duck breast with baked asparagus, green peas, zoodles, braised white cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli, carrot, arugula, baby spinach, pumpkin mash, or different kinds of potato dishes.

Although it’s known to be high in fat, you can still enjoy the rich taste of a duck breast in a decently healthy way by pairing it with some vegetables. The veggies should be present in a considerable amount. The purpose of involving veggies in your diet, besides the, ahem, providing some tasty flavor, is to give your body some fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Don’t add vegetables only to decorate your plate. Your body needs it too.

Oh, and BTW, down below are some ideas that you can try to serve your duck breast. Again, serve the veggies in a good amount. You can do better than these pictures below.

Baked Asparagus and Nuts

what vegetable to serve with duck breast?

Bake your duck breast together with asparagus and nuts inside the oven.

You only bake it once but once it’s ready you get 2 kinds of dish that complete each other. Oh, don’t forget to sprinkle some pine nuts beforehand.

Green Peas and Pesto Sauce

what vegetable to serve with duck breast?

Yes, green peas and roasted duck breast can work. But if you want something more greens, don’t forget to add some pesto. Pesto is delicious!!


Zucchini noodles are a great match for various dishes, including duck breast! This healthy “noodle” can balance the overall taste and reduce your “guilt” of eating high-fat, high-calorie food, such as duck breast.

Braised (White) Cabbage

Cabbage salad

Braised cabbage is so easy to make. There are actually several ways to make it. But here’s a super simple idea: Slice or chop the cabbage to your liking. Melt butter on a medium-heat pan, add the cabbage in, add some salt and pepper, and stir it well. When the cabbage looks weak and lazy, it’s done.

Red Cabbage

Christmas roast duck served on a festive table

If white cabbage doesn’t stun you enough, try red cabbage. Sautee it with butter, garlic, and onion, and then sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over it.


Confit duck leg with vegetables. Served meat with smoked cabbage puree and roasted broccoli. Restaurant food portion, main course in white plate close up. Cooked supper, plated dish

Let’s not forget this uniquely-shaped green vegetable that is [usually] hated by kids; broccoli.

Before serving it with a duck breast, you can stir-fry or bake the broccoli and season it with something tasty to overcome [or at least reduce] the bitterness.


Roasted duck fillet with carrot-orange puree, slow-cooked duck heart and prune sauce

Honey glazed or roast carrots work best.


For a light salad, use Arugula, it’s taste compliments the duck perfectly.

Baby Spinach

Add oil to a heated pan. Stir in sliced garlic or onion, baby spinach and sliced mushroom and then add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Pumpkin Mash

grilled duck legs marinated in red wine with mashed pumpkin puree and baby spinach cherry tomatoes salad on white platter, close-up, view from above

Potato Mash/ Potato Knodel / Potato Roast

If you love playing on the safe side, try potatoes. Potato is a versatile food that you can process into various delicious dishes!


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What Vegetables to Serve With Duck Breast? Check Out These 11 Options!

What Vegetables to Serve With Duck Breast? Check Out These 11 Options!


  • baked asparagus

  • green peas and pesto

  • zoodles

  • braised white cabbage

  • red cabbage

  • broccoli

  • carrot

  • arugula

  • baby spinach

  • pumpkin mash

  • potato mash/potato knodel/potato roast


  • Pick your favorite vegetable from the list
  • Prep it into a dish (sautee/stir-fry/baked/roast)
  • Serve it with the duck breast
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