Duck Recipes - Recipes for Wild Ducks and Geese goose

Duck and Goose Recipes

slow roast duck recipe
Photo by Holly A. Heyser

This is my collection of duck recipes, primarily for wild ducks as well as geese. While most wild ducks enjoy a good reputation, geese are undeservedly maligned as greasy, livery and tough. Yes, they can be all these things, but properly done, a wild goose (or a domestic, for that matter) is essentially a large duck.

A normal wild goose, such as a Canada, snow or whitefront will feed four, while a small goose (cackler, Aleutian or Ross’) will serve two heartily. A domestic goose or a giant Canada (really any Canada larger than 10 pounds) can serve as many as six.

Don’t overcook waterfowl breasts or they will be livery. Rare-to-medium is the mantra. As for the legs, thighs and wings, slow cook them to make them tender. Duck and goose legs are not nearly as tough as pheasant legs because waterfowl don’t do as much walking around. But their wings can be very tough.

If you find yourself with diving ducks, such as scaup, ringnecks, red-heads, buffleheads, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, oldsquaw or eiders (or brant, for that matter) You may need to brine them to soften any possible fishy taste.

One easy way to tell is to cut off the “Pope’s Nose,” or tail of the duck, and render out the fat in a small frying pan. If the fat smells icky, brine the duck with salt, sugar and garlic, plus any aromatic herbs that strike your fancy.


A note on all recipes: If you use domestic geese or ducks for any of them, it is vital that after you thaw them out, you remove all of the body cavity fat and then prick the skin all around with the point of a filet knife or something else narrow and pointy. Domestic geese are flying pigs, raised for their delicious fat as much as their meat.


« Back to Top

How to Break Down a Duck or Goose

Basic instructions on how to cut up a whole duck or goose. These instructions work with pretty much any bird.

Read More

Wild duck fat

How to Render Duck Fat

Basic instructions on how to render your own duck or goose fat.

Read More

My video for plucking ducks or geese with hot water and melted paraffin wax:

If you only have a few ducks to pluck, or don’t want to use hot wax, here is my video for dry-plucking a duck or goose:

My video for skinning a duck or goose. I skin sea ducks, fishy divers and snow geese:


« Back to Top

slicing seared duck breast

How to Cook Duck Breasts

Step by step instructions on how to pan-sear a duck breast to make the skin extra crispy and the meat medium-rare.

Read More

roast wild duck recipe

Roast Wild Duck

Simple instructions on how to roast a wild duck. Use this with most wild birds, or with Muscovy ducks.

Read More

slow roast duck recipe

Slow Roasted Duck

Use these instructions when you are roasting a very fat wild bird or a domesticated duck.

Read More

How to smoke a duck

How to Make Smoked Duck

A master recipe for smoking ducks and geese. This works with both wild and domesticated birds.

Read More

duck jerky recipe

Wild Duck or Goose Jerky

Another master recipe, this time for jerky. My seasonings are allspice, chile, thyme and mushroom powder, but you can use whatever spice mix you want.

Read More

surf scoters

10 Ways to Eat Sea Ducks

If you have a sea duck or otherwise fishy duck, here are 10 proven recipes for working with stinky ducks.

Read More


« Back to Top

Duck and Goose Breast Recipes

Recipes for both skin-on and skinless duck and goose recipes.

Read More

Easy roast duck legs

Legs, Thighs and Wings

Duck and goose legs are wonderful, but they need to be cooked slow and low. You’ll find recipes for them here.

Read More

goose stew barley recipe

Soups, Stews and Broths

Hearty stews, refined soups and basic duck stock, plus recipes for duck demi-glace and consomme.

Read More

corned gizzards with spaetzle

Duck and Goose Giblets Recipes

Don’t forget the giblets! Recipes for everything from simple seared liver to fancy dishes with hearts and gizzards.

Read More

German smoked goose breast recipe

Duck Charcuterie

Recipes for cured duck and goose meat, from whole cuts to sausages, smoked duck and terrines. This is a great use for smelly ducks like shovelers and sea ducks, by the way.

Read More

On Eating Snow Geese

Some thoughts on eating the unjustly maligned snow goose.

Read More

Shares 4K

Reader Interactions


  1. cooking Duck - IAWaterfowlers says:

    […] Other gpkumsgv. canada gé francewise this guy knows his stuff and always has some great recipes. (was also just on MeatEater) HunterAnglerGardenerCook_DUCK […]

  2. Wild Game Recipe Round Up - Ever Growing Farm | Ever Growing Farm says:

    […] Duck and Goose Recipes […]

  3. Omnivore’s Digest - January | Omnivore's Cookbook says:

    […] is the best collection of cooking involving wild duck and […]


where can i buy canada goose jackets
mensen jas goose jas
canada géna usa
logotipo de canadá ganso


(redirected from goose body louse )
Also found in: Dictionary , Thesaurus , Medical .


common name for large wild and domesticated swimming birds related to the duck and the swan. Strictly speaking, the term goose is applied to the female and gander to the male. In North America the wild (or Canada) goose, Branta canadensis, is known by its honking call and by the migrating V-shaped flocks in spring and fall. Other wild geese are the brant brant
or brant goose,
common name for a species of wild sea goose. The American brant, Branta bernicla, breeds in the Arctic and winters along the Atlantic coast. The head, neck, and tail are black, the back brownish gray, and the under parts grayish white.
..... Click the link for more information.  (any species of the genus Branta, particularly B. bernicla ) and the blue, snow, and white-fronted (or laughing) geese. Among the domestic geese are the popular Toulouse (or gray) goose (descended from the graylag, Anser anser, of Europe), the African goose, the Embden goose, and the Asian breeds (developed from the wild Chinese goose). Geese were raised in ancient times by the Romans and other Europeans and were sacred in Egypt 4,000 years ago. Forcible feeding is used to fatten geese and to enlarge the liver for use in making pâté de foie gras. Geese are classifed in the phylum Chordata Chordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
..... Click the link for more information. , subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Anseriformes, family Anatidae.

What does it mean when you dream about a goose?

“The goose that lays the golden eggs” symbolizes opulent fertility and wealth on the physical plane of life. Also, because the dreaming mind tends to literalize linguistic metaphors and idioms, dream geese can imply that one’s “goose is cooked.”


[ güs ] (vertebrate zoology) The common name for a number of waterfowl in the subfamily Anatinae; they are intermediate in size and features between ducks and swans.


1. any of various web-footed long-necked birds of the family Anatidae: order Anseriformes. They are typically larger and less aquatic than ducks and are gregarious and migratory 2. the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (gander)

Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us , add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content .

Link to this page:

Feedback Flashcards & Bookmarks ? Please log in or register to use Flashcards and Bookmarks. You can also log in with Flashcards ? My bookmarks ? +  Add current page to bookmarks TheFreeDictionary presents: Write what you mean clearly and correctly. Mentioned in ? Encyclopedia browser ? Full browser ? CITE Site: Follow: Share: Open / Close More from Mobile Apps Free Tools For surfers: For webmasters: Copyright © 2003-2017 Farlex, Inc Disclaimer

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

Difference Between Goose and Swan

Goose vs Swan

Both swan and goose belong to the Family: Anatidae and Subfamily: Anserinae. Therefore, they have many features in common, which elevates the interest to search the differences between them. Geese are in a separate group known as Tribe: Anserini, while swans belong to Tribe: Cygini. Those taxonomic differences have a sensible basis that is their distinctive characteristics, which are important for the identification of geese and swans separately.


They are not a highly diversified group of birds, and there are only seven species classified under the Genus: Cygnus. Cob and pen are the referred common names for a male and a female rspectively. They are the largest members of the family in terms of body size and weight, and wingspan. Swans’ wingspan could be as large as more than three metres with a body length of over 1.5 metres. The body weighs about 15 kilograms. Despite their massive bodies, swans fly long distances during migration. Characteristically long neck is one of their most prominent features, which distinguishes them from other wetland birds. Interestingly, both pens and cobs are similar looking, unlike in many other birds. They have simple plumage patterns with colours are varying from black to pure white. However, colourfulness is lesser in swans compared to other birds. Most of the swan species live in the Northern hemisphere are white (e.g. mute swan), while Southern hemispheric species viz. Black swan in Australia have a black plumage. Many of them are migratory, while the other species showing changing food preferences do not migrate fully. They have life partners for mating, but sometimes the pair does not live together. Usually, the cob helps the pen to make their nest to lay and incubate the eggs. During incubation, the pen takes more responsibility. The lifespan of a swan could range from 8 – 20 years in the wild, but there is a record of a 50 year old swan in captivity.


Geese is a more diversified group of Anatids with 22 true geese species in 3 genera (Anser, domesticated and grey geese, Branta, Black geese, Chen, white geese). The commonly referred names of geese are gander for male and goose for female. They have midrange bodies those measure around 75 – 110 centimetres of length, 3- 9 kilograms of weight, and the wingspan is about 1.5 metres. Their neck is longer than ducks but shorter than swans. Geese are colourful birds, sometimes with golden plumages in goslings. They are primarily herbivorous and occasionally omnivorous in food habits. Almost all the geese species are migratory, and they fly over long distances during the winters in search of good food. They are pair bonded animals with strong family units. Those families do not breakup but stay together throughout the migratory period, and only at the next breeding season, the yearlings will leave the parents. Both male and female incubate eggs, and they shed their flight feathers during this time and regrowth does not take place until the hatchlings are ready to fly. These interesting wading birds have about 24 years of lifespan in wild, and much longer in captivity.

What is the difference between Swan and Goose?

• Diversity is more than three times higher in geese with 22 species in three genera, while there are only seven species of swans described under one genus.

• The commonly referred names for male and female are respectively cob and pen in swans, and gander and goose in geese.

• The cob helps the pen in making the nest, but not assist for the incubation of eggs. However, gander helps goose to incubate eggs and guard each other during incubation period.

• Geese have stronger family units, as they live and fly together over long distances, while swans do not have such strong family bonds.

• Swans have a longer neck, large body with a broad wingspan compared to geese.

• Swans are not as colourful as geese.

• Swans are either fully or partially migrating birds, whereas almost all the geese are migratory.

Help us to improve our writing. Please Rate. 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Cite This Page
"Difference Between Goose and Swan." DifferenceBetween.Com. August 10, 2011. < >


  1. Terrible on the difference. Essentially all this is saying is that swans are just big geese. The article lists no specific taxonomic differences.

  2. Learn to write in English please.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply