4 photos of side dishes that can be served with duck.

What to Serve with Roast Duck (41 Tasty Options)

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We’re huge fans of duck, but since this is a less common protein, we often find ourselves wondering what to serve with roast duck.

Whether we are making our sous vide duck breast recipe, making air fryer duck breast, or searing and roasting duck, all of these side dish options are a perfect pairing for your main course.

These dishes could work if you make duck breast, duck legs, or even a whole duck.

Some of these side dishes compliment a classic Asian-style roast duck while other options are better for more of a classic French-style.

From salads, to vegetable sides, to starches, these dishes are a great side dish for dinner parties or special occasions. 

We even added in some recipes to give you ideas on a delicious sauce accompaniment and even wine pairings.

Sliced duck breast.

Salads to Serve with Roast Duck

It’s a smart idea to serve a salad with your duck. There are so many incredible salad combinations and these salads compliment the flavors of the deck wonderfully.

Brussel sprout salad to serve with roast duck.

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad features sweet apples, toasted walnuts, and nutty parmesan cheese, all tossed in a simple homemade dressing. It’s the perfect side dish to elevate your favorite Fall Recipes!

Fennel orange salad to serve with roast duck.

Fennel and Orange Salad

We love a good fennel salad! Sweet orange segments and thin slices of crunchy fennel drizzled in a tangy orange vinaigrette create a refreshing and vibrant winter salad. This Fennel and Orange Salad is a seasonal dish that offers a unique blend of flavors and textures, making it a perfect addition to your cold-weather menu.

Plate of carrot salad.

Carrot Salad with Sesame Maple Vinaigrette

Bright, crunchy, fresh and flavourful, this unique grated Carrot Salad with Sesame Maple Vinaigrette transforms a few simple ingredients into a quick side dish that’s great with both peking duck or a more traditional roasted duck.

Roasted pumpkin salad in  a bowl.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

This Roasted Pumpkin Salad features greens, feta cheese, and almonds. The addition of roasted pumpkin adds a unique flavor and texture to the salad.

Arugula salad with oranges.

Arugula Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese

An arugula salad is a smart idea to add peppery flavor, but use citrus to balance the rich taste of the duck meat. This Arugula Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese is a great salad option for your dinner table. It’s bright citrus and pomegranate seeds add gorgeous color to your dinner table.

Broccolini and potato side dishes with roast duck.

What Vegetables to Serve with Roast Duck

Crispy skin and flavorful red meat can make duck a very rich main course. To create a perfect balance, be sure to pick a vegetable side to serve with your duck.

Air fryer broccolini side dish on a plate.

Air Fryer Broccolini

This Air Fryer Broccolini Recipe is our go-to veggie side dish. Ready in only 8 minutes, the broccolini is the perfect combination of charred, crisp, yet tender. It is tossed in seasoned olive oil and then finished with lemon zest.

Bacon wrapped asparagus on a plate.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus bundles is a unique side dish that elevates veggies to something special! It will look beautiful next to a duck breast.

Maples roasted carrots in a bowl.

Maple Glazed Carrots

Add some sweet and buttery flavor to your side dish with these fresh and easy Maple Glazed Carrots! This simple recipe is made by coating fresh carrots in an irresistible maple glaze and cooking to caramelized perfection.

Balsamic roasted carrots on a plate.

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Maple Balsamic Roasted Carrots are the perfect side dish for any dinner. Simply toss them with a tasty vinaigrette, then roast them to tender caramelized perfection in your oven.

Creamed kale in a bowl with a spoon.

Creamed Kale

This easy recipe for Creamed Kale turns these healthy greens into a delicious side dish with just six ingredients in 30 minutes or less! Serve alongside a holiday meal or with your favorite protein on a weeknight for a dose of healthy comfort food.

Cauliflower gratin in a casserole dish.

Cauliflower Gratin

Perfectly balanced and baked to golden perfection, this Cauliflower Au Gratin is a modern take on a French classic. It is easy enough for weeknight meals and decadent enough for any holiday table.

Harissa Cauliflower in a bowl.

Harissa Roasted Cauliflower

Harissa Roasted Cauliflower is a delicious dish with a flavorful punch. This versatile and easy-to-make recipe is perfect for both cauliflower lovers and those looking to add a little excitement to their meals. 

Maple miso brussel sprouts in a bowl.

Maple Miso Brussel Sprouts

These decadent brussels sprouts take under 15 minutes to make and are the perfect accompaniment to roast duck. Topped with sweet maple syrup and savory miso paste, Maple Miso Brussel Sprouts have a unique sweet-salty flavor that is seriously addictive!

Roasted golden beets with herbs on top.

Roasted Golden Beets

These golden beets are roasted in olive oil and herbs for a caramelized delight that’s a festive addition to any meal. The root vegetables act like a beet salad, but tastes cozier, in this Roasted Golden Beets Recipe.

Green beans on a plate with almonds.

Green Beans Almondine

Green Beans Almondine is a great side dish to add some greens to your plate. Ready in 15 minutes, the beans are bright and crisp and accompanied by shallots and almonds.

German red cabbage in a bowl.

Red German Cabbage

German Red Cabbage is a delicious and colorful side dish that compliments roast duck perfectly. Made with red cabbage, apples, onions, vinegar, sugar, and spices, it has a sweet and sour taste that makes it a classic side dish for roast duck in Germany.

Marsala mushrooms in a bowl.

Mushroom Marsala

Mushroom Marsala is an easy side dish with bold umami flavors. The richness of this dish makes it perfect to serve with roast duck! 

Brussel sprouts gratin in a casserole dish.

Brussel Sprouts Gratin

This Brussels Sprouts Gratin with cheese sauce is based on Julia Child’s Choux de Bruxelles à la Mornay, Gratinés, and is a rich vegetable side dish made with homemade béchamel.

Duck breast on top of mashed potatoes.

Rice, Potato and Starch Side Dishes to Serve with Duck

These are the best side dishes that act as a filling component on the plate. From rice to potatoes, these starchy side dishes pair perfectly with delicious duck.

Parmesan polenta side dish served with duck breast.

Creamy Parmesan Polenta 

When you’re looking for something different than potatoes, reach for creamy polenta. This Creamy Parmesan Polenta Recipe is cheesy, flavorful, and tender. It’s one of our favorite sides to serve with duck.

Southern corn casserole with a spoon.

Southern Brown Butter Corn Pudding

Nutty flavor from brown butter takes this Southern Corn Pudding Recipe to the next level. Once you dump all the ingredients into a casserole pan and bake it, you’ve got an amazing side dish that is better than cornbread!

Garlic parmesan risotto in a bowl.

Creamy Garlic Risotto

You have to try this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto! This recipe is creamy, filled with cheesy garlic flavor and really simple to make. It’s a one pot recipe and ready in only 30 minutes! 

Homemade rice pilaf in a pan.

Rice Pilaf

Try making this Rice Pilaf recipe. It’s a classic rice dish that’s easy to make at home and will be an elegant delicious side to any meal!

Duck fat roasted potatoes in a bowl.

Duck Fat Potatoes

You can never have too much of a good thing! Why not use some duck fat to make this Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes recipe! You’ll have tender potatoes with a perfect, crisp exterior, with lots of flavor from using duck fat instead of regular oil. It’s like an elevated version of french fries.

Mased potatoes in a bowl.

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Smooth and creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are so full of buttery goodness, you won’t want to make any other kind of mashed potatoes again! Made with hearty russet potatoes, lots of butter, and so many different kinds of seasonings, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes are loaded with flavor.

Colcannon side dish in a bowl.

Colcannon

Elevate your roasted duck experience with a side of traditional Colcannon, a creamy and comforting Irish dish that masterfully blends smooth mashed potatoes with the fresh, green goodness of kale or cabbage. This delightful pairing not only complements the rich flavors of the duck but also adds a heartwarming, homely touch to your meal. 

Cheesy scalloped potatoes in a casserole dish.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

You can never go wrong with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes! This popular potato dish pairs so well with so many entrees, and roast duck is no exception.

Smashed potatoes with garlic and herbs on top.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Roast potatoes with a crunch! These Crispy Smashed Potatoes are golden-brown on the outside and creamy and flavorful on the inside for an easy side dish that pairs well with roasted duck and poultry!

Quinotto side dish in a bowl.

Quinotto

This Vegetable Quinotto (Red Quinoa Risotto) recipe is creamy, hearty, and so easy. Homemade Quinotto is probably the most impressive method for cooking quinoa. 

Wild rice side dish in a bowl.

Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice

This wild rice pilaf features cranberries and pecans. It’s full of sweet and earthy flavors and a great choice to add more flavor compared to plain old white rice. Try making this Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Recipe with your duck.

Sliced duck breast.

Sauces to Serve with Duck

If you are looking for a sauce for your duck, consider these options:

Blackberry Sauce

The Raspberry Balsamic Sauce we used on this blue cheese and steak appetizer is a great option for roast duck as well.

Demi Glace Sauce

A rich sauce with a veal base, a bit of our Demi Glace Sauce from our Beef Tournedos Rossini Recipe can also work on duck breast.

Mushroom Sauce

The creamy mushroom sauce in our Beef Wellington Recipe adds umami to your duck dish.

Store Bought Sauces

Look for store-bought sauces as other toppings to serve with your duck. Fruit forward sauces cut through the richness of the duck. There are also a number of Asian sauces that are a perfect pairing.

  • Plum sauce 
  • Orange sauce
  • Peking sauce
  • Cherry sauce
  • Red Wine sauce
Red wine on a table with bottle.

What Wine to Serve with Roast Duck

Similar to pairing wine with any red meat, we recommend reaching for a bottle of red wine to compliment your favorite roast duck recipe. These wine varieties are a good choice:

Pinot Noir

The most popular wine pairing with duck is pinot noir. The red varietal compliments the duck without overpowering the flavor. No matter how your duck is prepared, pinot noir is a safe bet.

Merlot

A merlot is also a great pairing option, much like a bottle of pinot noir. The ripe fruit flavors work really well with a roast duck.

Mourvèdre

For a slightly smokier option without overpowering the meat, consider a Mourvèdre wine.

Gewurztraminer

If you really would prefer a white wine, consider a German Gewurztraminer or even a dry Riesling, this is best for duck a l’orange or a duck prepared with fruit.

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