Duck is a delicious main dish with crispy skin and rich flavors. If you aren’t sure what to serve with duck, this collection of exciting side dishes for duck will give plenty of delicious ideas!
Duck is no longer a dish just for holidays or a special occasion. It’s a great alternative to chicken and roast duck is easy to prepare. Picking a delicious side dish makes it a perfect choice for dinner parties or a tasty change up from roast chicken.
Try our easy recipe for Whole Duck or any favorite duck recipe with any of these best side dishes.
Whether you are cooking duck breast or whole duck there are some things that differentiate duck meat from other poultry. Duck meat is darker than chicken but still considered a white meat. It is richer in flavor mainly due to a higher fat content of the skin.
Any way you’d prepare chicken, you can do with duck. Because duck has a richer, stronger flavor due to the higher fat it is often prepared like red meat more so than chicken.
How to pick a Perfect Side Dish
Because of duck’s richness picking the right sides requires consideration of two things:
Substantial dishes. Though duck is considered a white meat the strength of flavor works best with more substantial dishes to balance a meal.
Flavor. Stronger flavored side dishes make a perfect pairing for duck. Root vegetables, sweet potatoes, a delicious sauce like orange sauce, cranberry sauce or red currant gravy that have some sweetness or sweet and tangy flavor complement the rich flavor of the savory duck.
Duck Side Dishes
You won’t go wrong with any of these easy side dishes! Pick one or a few for a perfect meal. You may find some new favorite side dishes too!
Potatoes. Smashed potatoes, roasted potatoes with Parmesan cheese, dauphinoise potatoes, potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes with creamy texture are all a great accompaniment with duck as a main course.
Vegetables. Adding in vegetables is always a great choice whether it be simple green beans, or a combination of roasted vegetables with fresh herbs. Almost any vegetables dish is a good choice with easy recipes to choose from.
Salads. Salads like spinach salad with pomegranate seeds or peppery arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette deliver big flavors are a good option that go with the flavor with a duck dish. Salad is a simple dish and with the right ingredients are a perfect balance with the richer duck fat in the crisp skin.
Potatoes and Polenta
Soul-warming comfort food is always a perfect dish to pair with duck. These recipes aren’t just ordinary recipes. Hearty potatoes and creamy polenta each with unique flavors you’ll love any time.
Noodles can be a fun option especially is cooking duck breast that will be sliced and served on the noodles.
Regular green salads can be an easy side dish choice using a brighter flavor dressing with balsamic vinegar for instance. Or choose one of these salads with stronger flavored ingredients, some sweetness, tanginess or spicy heat.
Roasted vegetables are both colorful and add a hearty side dish to a meal. It’s a great way to use seasonal vegetables you love that add caramelized sweetness to a meal.