I have a 4.6 kg frozen goose from the supermarket. I have cut it in half along the spine and am planning to roast both halves separately. Presumably the bigger surface area means I don't need to cook as long as an intact bird. What would be a reasonable cooking time?

  • Can you clarify, 4.6 what?
    – Cindy
    Nov 28, 2016 at 14:02
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    I honestly think my answer on the whole goose question answers this because you should not be cooking by time, but by temperature. The method for the whole goose should still work perfectly fine for a half goose.
    – Catija
    Nov 28, 2016 at 14:08

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As @ElendilTheTall says, very correctly, cooking to time is a bad idea. However, it's good to have a working time figure for planning. In the case of goose the timeline is to cook 20-25 minutes per pound. 4.6 lb is a very small goose so I'm assuming it's 4.6kg, which is just over 10lb, so half that is 5 lb, which should take somewhere close to between 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours to cook. You would need to add at least 30 minutes for resting after cooking as well.

I would aim to have the goose in the oven about 2:45 before you want to serve, and then keep a close eye on the goose's temperature. Use an oven thermometer that you can leave in the bird in the oven, it's much easier than having to pull the goose out and check it every 5 minutes. A handheld one is also useful to back up your measurements in case your leave-in probe is out of position. Do not overcook goose, keep a good eye on that temperature because goose can go from underdone to overdone in a very short time.


However long it takes in your oven for your particular piece of meat to reach 165ºF/75ºC in the thickest part. Roasting by time is a terrible way to cook because there are far too many variables. Buy a digital probe thermometer (cheap as chips from Amazon) and do it right instead.

  • Those are the temperatures recommended for safe consumption, that's true, but the sources I've found suggest that breast is best rare around 145 F and the rest of the goose is better quite a bit higher, closer to 175 - 185 F.
    – Catija
    Nov 28, 2016 at 14:06
  • If you want to open yourself up to a lawsuit @Catija, you go right ahead ;) Nov 28, 2016 at 14:11
  • I already have the goose and not time to wait for a thermometer to arrive.
    – Daron
    Nov 28, 2016 at 15:13

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