Roasted Bone Marrow Recipe

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For an appetizer that goes for $30 or more in gourmet restaurants, roasted bone marrow is surprisingly uncomplicated to make. Long before it was the darling of Michelin chefs, it was revered by traditional cultures for its ability to support vitality and overall well-being.

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Sometimes called “beef butter,” roasted marrow has a rich, slightly nutty flavor that makes it perfect for spreading over a slice of crusty bread or some crackers. To make it, all you need are marrow bones, sea salt, and pepper, but I highly suggest incorporating fresh herbs, parsley salad, or a combination of minced garlic and parmesan cheese for extra flavor. You can even incorporate all three toppings for a memorable dinner-party appetizer.

For more info on what modern research says about the beef bone marrow’s health benefits, check out this article. Now, onto the recipe!

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Roasted Bone Marrow Recipe

Sometimes called “beef butter,” this roasted marrow has a rich, slightly nutty flavor that makes it perfect for spreading over a slice of crusty bread or some crackers.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Heather Dessinger


  • 2 pounds cross cut or canoe cut grass-fed beef marrow bones (if previously frozen, thaw them in the fridge overnight)
  • flaky or coarse sea salt (fine sea salt will work if that’s what you have on hand)
  • black pepper (preferably freshly ground)

Optional Flavor Addition #1 – Fresh herbs

  • Fresh rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley etc.

Optional Flavor Addition #2 – Parsley Salad

  • 1 cup finely minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp minced garlic cloves
  • ½-1 tsp capers


To Roast The Bone Marrow

  • Preheat your oven to 425F and line a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the marrow bones on the parchment paper. If you’re using canoe cut/ lengthwise cut bones, make sure to place the marrow side up. With cross cut bones both sides usually have visible marrow.
  • Generously season with salt and pepper, then place the baking sheet in the oven.
  • Roast the bones for 15-30 minutes. The amount of time needed will depend on the size of the bones, but you’ll know they’re ready when the marrow is bubbling on top and soft throughout. I usually use a butter knife to cut into the marrow to test for softness. Important note: If you’re adding minced garlic and parmesan to the marrow bones, remove them from the oven at around the 20-25 minute mark, sprinkle with garlic/parmesan, then return the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 5-10 more minutes.
  • When the marrow is ready, serve warm with any optional toppings you’re using, plus a gluten-free baguette, loaf of crusty bread, or crackers. If desired, use the leftover bones to make bone broth.

To Make The Optional Parsley Salad

  • In a small bowl, toss the parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp capers.
  • Taste and add more capers if desired.

More Bone Marrow Recipes To Try

Roasted Bone Marrow Butter – Made with marrow, golden butter, and fresh herbs, this compound butter is perfect for spreading over a slice of crusty bread.

Vanilla Bone Marrow Custard – Sweet, rich, and deeply nourishing, this custard is one dessert that my kids never seem to get enough of.

Bone Broth – One of the easiest ways to incorporate bone marrow into your diet is to drink bone broth or use it as base homemade soups and stews. Here’s how to make bone broth in an Instant Pot, and here’s how to make it in a slow cooker.

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