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This roasted duck fat potatoes recipe makes crispy, golden roast potatoes with an intensely rich, savory flavor that’s impossible to replicate with other oils. Give this side dish a try and it’ll become a new favorite!

top view of bowl of roasted yellow potatoes with chives

First things first, I’m going to address the elephant in the room. Nope, these potatoes don’t taste like duck!

Duck fat provides a rich flavor and allows these potatoes to get ultra crispy. But unlike other animal fats, it doesn’t have a strong flavor. It just adds richness and savory flavor.

close up of golden roasted potatoes in duck fat showing crisp exterior

If you’re looking for the best crispy roasted potatoes of your life, you found them. These have a crisp, golden crust, and are soft and fluffy inside. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at their rich flavor. The best part is, they aren’t greasy, oily, or soggy.

You can pair duck fat potatoes with just about anything, from roast chicken, to grilled steak, to seared lamb chops. For some reason, this side dish feels fancy, even though it’s still just a humble potato.

front view of stoneware bowl of crispy potato side dish

Why You’ll Love This Recipe  

  • Simple ingredients. Potatoes and duck fat are the two main components, and we add just a couple other seasonings. We don’t need anything else!
  • Easy method. If you’ve ever roasted vegetables before, you already know the method. We aren’t reinventing the wheel here, we’re just making it taste better.
  • Even with simple ingredients and an easy cooking method, these will blow your mind. Get ready for something truly special! This potato side dish is crispy, rich, and decadent. They will make regular roasted potatoes a thing of the past in your kitchen.

Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

duck fat potato recipe ingredients
  • Baby yellow potatoes. I like using yellow potatoes here because their rich, almost buttery flavor and creamy texture is perfect in this recipe.
  • Duck fat – Duck fat is the star of the show! It lends savory richness to the potatoes.
  • Sea salt and black pepper. These simple pantry-staple seasonings make sure the potatoes aren’t bland.
  • Garlic. I love the piquant flavor of garlic paired with potato, but you can omit it and the recipe won’t suffer for it.
  • Chives. Fresh chives are optional; they add a subtle onion flavor and pop of green color. You can use scallion instead, or go with another fresh herb if desired.

Instructions

Step 1: Chop

how to cut baby potatoes for roasting

Cut the baby potatoes into bite-sized chunks. You can halve or quarter them, depending on their size.

Step 2: Roast

how to make crispy roasted duck fat potatoes in the oven
  1. Place the potatoes, duck fat, salt, and black pepper on a large baking tray.
  2. Toss to coat the potatoes, and then spread them out in an even layer.
  3. Bake until the potatoes are tender and golden in spots, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the garlic to the potatoes and carefully toss (be careful, the pan and the potatoes are hot).
  4. Return the baking tray to the oven and cook until the garlic is very light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes more.
hand holding serving spatula with crispy potatoes over pan

Storage

You can store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheating

Like other types of roasted potatoes, the best way to reheat duck fat potatoes is in the oven:  

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Spread the potatoes out in an even layer on a baking tray. Cover the tray with foil.
  3. Bake until the potatoes are warm throughout, about 15 minutes.

Variations 

  • Potatoes. Use whatever type of potatoes strikes your fancy. I’ve tried Russet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, and red potatoes with good results.
  • Garlic. You can skip the garlic if you want, or add more!
  • Chives. If you don’t have chives you can use the same amount of thinly sliced fresh scallion (the green part). Or go for something a little different and use half the amount of fresh minced rosemary or thyme.

Tips

  • Cut the potatoes as uniformly as possible. Cutting the potato chunks around the same size will help make sure that they cook evenly.
  • Don’t reduce the amount of duck fat. It lends flavor and helps these potatoes get deliciously crispy. And don’t worry, the potatoes aren’t greasy or oily!
  • Cook the potatoes until they start to brown. This is when the magic happens! They get deliciously crisp and flavorful.
overhead view of bowl of duck fat potatoes

Duck Fat Potatoes FAQs

What is the Benefit of Using Duck Fat?  

Cooking in duck fat allows food to get quite crispy, and of course it adds complexity and richness to the taste. But the superior flavor and crisp texture aren’t the only good things about cooking with duck fat; there are some potential health benefits as well!

Similar to olive oil, duck fat has high levels of oleic acid, which may beneficially impact immune response and inflammation. Duck fat’s monounsaturated fat may help to maintain desirable levels of HDL cholesterol (aka “good” cholesterol). Also, it can assist in lowering levels of LDL cholesterol (aka “bad” cholesterol).  

You can read more about the potential health benefits of duck fat on WebMD and US Wellness Meats.

What Does Duck Fat Taste Like?  

Duck fat doesn’t have much of a flavor on its own. It’s mildly sweet, and adds a rich complexity.

You wouldn’t be able to put your finger on the fact that duck fat is in a dish, but you will notice that its flavor is like a better, more enhanced version of itself.  

What Can I Use Duck Fat For?  

  • Searing meat. I’m thinking a cast iron ribeye seared in duck fat. YUM.
  • Roasting vegetables. Don’t limit yourself to just duck fat potatoes! Try sweet potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc. tossed with duck fat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and then roasted.
  • Deep frying. Duck fat’s high smoke point makes it a good option for deep frying. Try duck fat French fries, duck fat onion rings, or go with something sweet and make duck fat donuts!
  • Baking bookies. I’ve heard that if a cookie recipe calls for butter, you can substitute up to half of the butter for duck fat! I want to try shortbread cookies this way.
hand sprinkling chives on top of bowl of poatoes roasted in duck fat

What is the Smoke Point of Duck Fat?  

The smoke point of a fat is the temperature at which it starts smoking. If you continue heating the fat beyond its smoke point, it starts to break down. At that point, it releases free radicals and acrolein, which gives burned foods their acrid flavor and aroma.  

If a fat has a higher smoke point, it means that you can heat it to a higher temperature before it starts to break down. Fats with a higher smoke point include safflower oil, light olive oil, clarified butter, beef tallow, lard, avocado oil, chicken fat, and duck fat.

The smoke point of duck fat is around 375F.

You can read more about smoke point on Serious Eats and Duckchar.  

Can I Use Duck Fat Instead of Lard?  

Yes! Duck fat is a good substitute for lard. You can use duck fat in a 1:1 ratio instead of lard.  

Do You Need to Refrigerate Duck Fat?  

Yes. After opening a jar of duck fat, store it refrigerated for up to 6 months.  

If you are rendering your own duck fat, once it’s rendered here’s how to store it:  

  1. Let it cool slightly once it’s rendered.
  2. Strain it through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve into clean glass jars.
  3. Cool it to room temperature
  4. Cover the jars.
  5. Store the home-rendered jars of duck fat in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
crispy golden duck fat potato recipe with fatworks duck fat

Where Can I Find Duck Fat?  

More Potato Side Dishes to Try  

rustic ceramic bowl with crispy golden garlicky potatoes

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Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
This roasted duck fat potatoes recipe makes crispy, golden roast potatoes with an intensely rich, savory flavor that's impossible to replicate with other oils. Give this side dish a try and it'll become a new favorite!

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Ingredients
 

  • 24 ounces baby yellow potatoes cut into bite-sized chunks (halved or quartered depending on their size)
  • 1/4 cup duck fat melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Toss together the potatoes, duck fat, salt, and black pepper on a large baking tray to coat the potatoes. Spread the potatoes out in an even layer.
  • Bake until the potatoes are tender and golden in spots, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Use potholders to remove the baking tray from the oven. Add the garlic to the potatoes and carefully toss together.
  • Return the baking tray to the oven and cook until the garlic is very light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes more.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and sprinkle the chives on top.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Chives: Chives are optional; you can substitute with scallion, or other fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, etc.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How to Reheat Duck Fat Potatoes

Like other types of roast potatoes, the best way to reheat duck fat potatoes is in the oven: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Spread the potatoes out in an even layer on a baking tray. Cover the tray with foil.
  3. Bake until the potatoes are warm throughout, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Duck Fat Potatoes, Duck Fat Potatoes Recipe, Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes

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  1. 5 stars
    I would never have thought to use duck fat in a million years! You’re right, it makes the potatoes so crispy. New favorite! As usual, your photography is perfect, and I love the pottery that you use!

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