What To Serve With Duck Breast? | 15 Side Dish & Sauce Ideas!

When imagining duck breast for your dinner, what’s in your mind?

Hmm.. maybe it’s something related to tenderness, juiciness, or strong flavor, am I right?

Whether you roast, grill, or fry the duck breast, there are various side dishes that you can serve with!

So, what to serve with duck breast?

You can serve duck breast with sauces (orange sauce, plum sauce, cherry sauce, raspberry sauce, pineapple sauce), different kinds of potato dishes, pumpkin mash, and various vegetables (be it a salad or simple vegetable dish).

Duck breast is a fantastic food that can be paired with various things.

Although it’s somewhat luxurious food, it doesn’t have to be paired with something fancy. In fact, you can use budget-friendly veggies to pair with it.

The duck breast itself can be cooked in various ways and you can pair it with foods that are cooked in various ways too.

Please check out this list and if you like any of them, don’t forget to try it at home!

Dauphinoise Potatoes (Potatoes au Gratin)

Duck breast with Potatoe Dauphinoise – The perfect match!

Dauphinoise potatoes or potatoes au gratin is a french dish. The ingredients are pretty simple and super easy to find.

You will need potatoes (of course), butter, cream, cheese (you can use cheddar or mozzarella), garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and if you want you can add nutmeg and bay leaves.

How to make potatoes au gratin for duck breast:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit
  2. In a measuring jug, mix well butter, cream, and minced garlic. You can also add salt, pepper, and thyme here
  3. Wash, peel, and slice potatoes into thin pieces
  4. Arrange the sliced potatoes in a baking dish [use it as a base]
  5. Pour 1/3 of the creamy mixture on it
  6. Add a generous amount of grated cheese to it [DON’T USE ALL OF IT].
  7. On the top of the base layer, repeat step 4+5+6 ONCE
  8. On the top of the second layer, repeat step 4 and 5 [without 6]
  9. Cover the dish with foil or lid and put it inside the preheated oven.
  10. After 1 hour or after the potatoes becomes half-tender, use the remaining cheese as a final layer on top.
  11. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  12. Let it cool.

Cherry Sauce

Duck breast with cherry wine sauce and mashed potato

Duck breast and cherry sauce can be an awesome combination!

For the carbs, you can opt for couscous so your cuisine can have some variety in textures.

How to make the cherry sauce for duck breast:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a pan on medium heat.
  2. Immediately add cornstarch (1 tbsp), lemon juice (1tbsp), and sugar (2 tbsp)
  3. Whisk until it’s thick
  4. Keep stirring while adding frozen cherries (2 cups)
  5. Wait until you see bubbles all over the mixtures (not only the edges!). It should take around 12 minutes. During this period, don’t forget to give the mixture some nice stir every 2 minutes or so.
  6. Let the cherry sauce cold before serving

BTW, if you have fresh cherries at home instead of frozen ones, you can use them. Just add the water a little bit.

Baby Spinach and Mushroom

Duck leg decorated with chanterelle mushrooms and cream soup and spinach

I mean, look at that crispy skin!!

You can pair the crispy and juicy duck breast with a simple mushroom and spinach saute.

This can be a quick and easy option. So, while waiting for the duck breast to be pan-seared on medium heat [around 9 minutes, skin side down], you can start washing and chopping the mushroom and spinach.

And then, while waiting for the duck breast to be roasted inside the oven [on a cast iron skillet], you can start sauteing the mushroom and spinach.

Plum Sauce

Roast duck with potato pancakes and plum sauce

Fry the duck breast, pair it with stewed cabbage and onion. And then, put some plum sauce around it.

To make the plum sauce, you will need red plums, brown sugar, star anise, and maybe soy sauce.

Red Cabbage

Duck breast on orange sauce with red cabbage and gratin dauphinoise

Roast the duck breast and pair it with red cabbage.

Pomegranate and Salad

Crisp pomegranate salad with roasted duck breast

Roast the duck breast. Pair it with pomegranate and salad.

Mashed Potato

Roasted duck with mashed potatoes, caramelized fennel & orange salad with a white wine sauce

Roast the duck, pair it with mashed potato, lemon slices, and veggies.

It might be simple, but it can look appetizing and you can even add tomato cherry to enhance the color variety!

Spicy Red Cabbage and Potato Knodel

Roast Duck Leg with Spicy Red Cabbage & Potato Knodel

This traditional dish from Germany might look good on your dining table!

Fry the duck breast, pair it with spicy red cabbage and potato knodel.

Potato and Berries

Roast Duck with Seasonal Berries and Potatoes

An Estonian cuisine!

Roast the duck breast, pair it with potatoes and blackcurrant berries.

Don’t forget the green veggies on the top!

Asparagus and Almond

Juicy duck breast steaks with caramelized asparagus. Black background. Top view.

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles – Easily created with a Spiralizer

Roasted duck breast with zucchini noodles can be an option when you want something healthy!

You can make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer!

Pineapple Sauce

Duck fillet with pineapple in Italian style on plate

Raspberry Sauce

Duck confit with salad , baked apple and raspberry sauce

Roast the duck, place it over raspberry sauce, and pair with arugulas.

Pumpkin Mash

Roast Duck Leg with Mashed Pumpkin & Italian Salad

Don’t forget to garnish it with mint leaves and sprinkle some pine nuts over it!

Ramen

Cripsy Duck Breast Ramen

Ramen is one my personal favourite dishes, and this is primed for great, crispy duck breast.

Get creative with Shiitake Mushrooms, egg and roasted sesame seed gardnish.

Wonton Soup

Wonton & Duck Noodle Soup

For that authentic Chinese staple, wonton soup, add pork dumplings and don’t hold back on the fresh chili.

Rice

Risotto with duck and mushrooms

Sticky Rice is a great Asian take on this popular dish, alternatively you can also consider Risotto.

If you’re out of ideas or out of energy to cook complicated things….

Guess what, you can pair duck breast with SIMPLE WHITE RICE!!

Yeah, that’s totally edible! Although if you have a bit of energy to craft a dressing, a few drops of orange sauce would make things so much better.

Cooking white rice in a pot is totally doable. But if you want something more practical, consider using a rice cooker instead.

Since you’re here, don’t forget to see these posts:

What vegetables to serve with duck breast

What to serve with smoked duck

What to serve with duck confit

What To Serve With Duck Breast? | 15 Tasty Sauce + Side Dish Ideas

What To Serve With Duck Breast? | 15 Tasty Sauce + Side Dish Ideas

Recipe by Chris Schwarz

IDEAS

  • Orange and potato

  • Cherry sauce

  • Baby spinach and mushroom

  • Plum sauce

  • Red cabbage

  • Pomegranate and salad

  • Mashed potato

  • Spicy red cabbage and potato knodel

  • Potato and berries

  • Asparagus and almond

  • Zucchini noodles

  • Pineapple sauce

  • Raspberry sauce

  • Pumpkin mash

  • Rice

DIRECTIONS

  • Pick your favorite idea from the list
  • Gather all the needed ingredients and prepare the dish
  • Serve with the duck breast and enjoy!
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