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Roasted Goose on a white serving tray with sage and onion stuffing.

Easy and Delicious Roasted Goose

Roasted Goose makes for a very special holiday meal! Much easier to make than you think and so rewarding!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Thawing time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, English
Servings 6 people



  • 1 10 lb goose
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 each lemon for stuffing (halved)
  • 1 each onion for stuffing (halved)
  • 1 head garlic for stuffing
  • small handfull sage leaves for stuffing
  • few sprigs thyme for stuffing


  • Thaw your goose if you buy it frozen. My 10 pound goose actually took over 2 days to thaw. Once thawed, remove the packaging. Remove the neck and giblets from inside the cavity, and also trim the excess fat from the neck and cavity. Set the neck and giblets aside for possible later use to make a divine gravy.
    Giblets from a goose and excess fat which has been removed and placed in a bowl with someone holding up the excess fat
  • Then rinse and dry the bird with paper towels. Now add a generous amount of salt to both the skin and inside the cavity. Allow the goose to sit uncovered in your fridge for at least 6 hrs or overnight. Remove the goose from your fridge around 1 hr - 1.5 hrs prior to roasting to allow the goose to come to room temperature.
    goose whose skin has been salted
  • Prepare your stuffing (if using). I halved my lemon and onion.
    halved lemon, halved onion, head of garlic, sage, and thyme on a wooden board
  • Preheat your oven to 325F. When the goose is at room temperature, be sure to prick the skin all over with the sharp end of your meat thermometer, or you can use a clean needle. Try not to pierce the skin. Season it with salt and pepper.
    goose which was seasoned with salt and pepper and its skin being pricked with a meat thermometer
  • Stuff the goose with your stuffing of choice.
    closeup of a cavity of a goose which has been stuffed with herbs, lemon, and onion
  • Roast the goose (breast side up and set on a rack on a roasting tray) for approximately 2 hrs. During this time, baste it every 30 minutes or so. After the first 30-45 minutes I also turn it over and roast it underside up for around 30 minutes to get that side browned as well. I need to do this in my oven (it's older and quirky!) but if you are able to get the underside browned without turning over then all good! Please roast according to your oven's quirks (if any).
    goose on a rack in a roasting tray with golden skin and lots of fat underneath
  • Now turn the oven down to 275F and then continue roasting until a meat thermometer registers 165F in the center of the breast area. The time will vary according your oven but it should be around 20-30 minutes. Allow the goose to cool for 15-20 minutes, and then carve and enjoy!
    Roasted goose with bay leaf, thyme and sage on a white plate


Be sure to save the goose fat for roasting potatoes and vegetables!  Goose fat is the GOLD STANDARD for roasting potatoes!
Be generous when you salt the skin and cavity before allowing it to sit in your fridge overnight.  The salt will help to crisp up the skin.
Save the neck and giblets to make a divine giblet gravy!
You can use the carcass to make a wonderful goose broth!
Lowering the temp from 325F to 275F helps to keep the meat from drying out too much.  
Enjoy Roasted Goose With Sage and Onion Dressing for the PERFECT holiday meal! 
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