To decrease our dependency for the diminishing source of fossils resources, bio-based alternatives are being explored for the synthesis of commodity and high-value molecules. One example in this ecological initiative is the microbial production of the biosurfactant sophorolipids by the yeast Starmerella bombicola. Sophorolipids are surface-active molecules mainly used as household and laundry detergents. Because S. bombicola is able to produce high titers of sophorolipids, the yeast is also used to increase the portfolio of lipophilic compounds through strain engineering. Here, the one-step microbial production of hydroxy fatty acids by S. bombicola was accomplished by the selective blockage of three catabolic pathways through metabolic engineering. Successful production of 17.39 g/l (ω-1) linked hydroxy fatty acids was obtained by the successive blockage of the sophorolipid biosynthesis, the β-oxidation and the ω-oxidation pathways. Minor contamination of dicarboxylic acids and fatty aldehydes were successfully removed using flash chromatography. This way, S. bombicola was further expanded into a flexible production platform of economical relevant compounds in the chemical, food and cosmetic industries. © FEMS 2019.