Sweet Roasted Goose is a tried and true recipe for a succulent goose with crispy skin and tender meat seasoned with apple, orange and potato stuffing. Top with Cumberland Sauce. #howtocookgoose #roastgoose www.savoryexperiments.com

Sweet Roasted Goose

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast goose
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 1177 kcal
Succulent and sweet, roasted goose is the perfect Christmas dinner meal. These easy to follow steps will have you roasting your goose like a pro!



  • 8-10 pound goose
  • 1/2 cup kosher
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 apple cored and diced
  • 1 small potato diced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

Basting Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup cane syrup*
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons brandy
  • Cumberland Sauce


  1. Start by cold brining the goose. Remove neck and giblets from inside cavity and place goose in a large stock pot. Add cold water to cover the goose, stir in salt and refrigerate overnight (12-24 hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Make basting syrup by whisking together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and setting aside.
  4. Remove goose from the water and rinse well. Remove any excess skin flaps or noticeable fat pockets. Pierce skin liberally with a fork. Rub inside cavity with lemon halves and then stuff with apple, potato, orange and celery. Truss the goose, just like a turkey, to secure the wings to the body and tie legs together to close off the cavity.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for basting syrup. 

  6. Generously lather goose with basting syrup.
  7. Place the goose in the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Cook 20 to 25 minutes per pound. Baste the goose every half hour with the basting syrup.
  8. When internal temperature reaches 170 degrees in both the thigh and breast, roast for an additional 20 minutes and then remove.
  9. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Discard vegetable stuffing and serve with Cumberland Sauce.
  10. Carve goose and serve with stuffing and Cumberland sauce.
  11. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

Cane syrup is my new favorite sweetener. Look for it near honey or agave nectar. It comes in a jar.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Roasted Goose
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1177 Calories from Fat 3051
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 339g 522%
Saturated Fat 110g 550%
Cholesterol 817mg 272%
Sodium 15130mg 630%
Potassium 3281mg 94%
Total Carbohydrates 132g 44%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 121g
Protein 146g 292%
Vitamin A 41.4%
Vitamin C 94.5%
Calcium 19.8%
Iron 138.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.