A Guide to Goose Eggs

We know that goose eggs aren't really a staple of the average person's diet, but maybe they should be. Here's all you need to know about the other egg.


Are they healthy?

Calorically speaking, a goose egg contains 266 calories while a chicken egg contains 72. Goose eggs also have more saturated fat, so if you're trying to cut down on saturated fat, a chicken egg may be the right choice for you. Nutritionally speaking, the average goose egg contains 19.97 g of protein to a chicken egg's 6.23 g of protein. In regard to vitamins and minerals, both have high levels of phosphorus, calcium, folate, potassium and zinc. You have to remember though, that a goose egg is much larger than a chicken egg, so it's only expected that the goose egg will have higher levels of just about everything.

Can I use them in recipes where I would normally use chicken eggs?

You can really use goose eggs anytime you would use a chicken's egg, as long as you account for the fact that goose eggs are much larger than chicken eggs. They're ideal for dishes that are very egg-centric because they have rich, delicious flavor, If you substitute them into baked goods, they yield treats that are more dense and richer than those baked with chicken eggs.

So they're basically just like a chicken egg?

Well, yes and no. The ratio of yolk to whites is greater in goose eggs than in chicken eggs. Goose eggs are also around three times the size of conventional chicken eggs. Goose eggs also have a much stronger shell, and in many cases need to be cracked with a spoon. Goose eggs are also more of a seasonal Spring item and thus more expensive. Geese also only lay about 40 eggs a year, so get your hands on them when you can.

Insider tip: they make a pretty amazing frittata.