English Roasted Marrow Bone Recipe

Bone Marrow is rich in nutrients, including iron, phosphorus and vitamin A.  Depending on the source, bone marrow is also likely rich in vitamin K and other fat-soluble nutrients.  Marrow also helps us build healthy white blood cells.

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 20 minutes


  • 8-12 center-cut beef or veal marrow bones, 3 inches long, 3-4 lbs total
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 shallots – thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse sea salt to taste
  • At least 4 ½ inch thick slices of crusty bread, toasted.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put bones, cut side up, on foil-lined baking sheet or in oven-proof skillet. Cook until marrow is soft and has begun to separate from the bone, about 15 minutes.

(Stop before marrow begins to drizzle out.)

Meanwhile, combine parsley, shallots and capers in small bowl. Just before bones are ready, whisk together olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle dressing over parsley mixture until leaves are just coated. Put roasted bones, parsley salad, salt and toast on a large plate. To serve, scoop out marrow, spread on toast, sprinkle with salt and top with parsley salad.



  1. This sounds really delicious. I’ve only tried bone marrow when I’ve made chicken stock. I know it has so many medicinal and strengthening benefits to it. I’m anxious to try this recipe. I tried to make my own pate lately and it hasn’t turned out quite right. I would think this recipe tastes (or at least looks a bit) like pate when it is done.

    Comment by Katherine Walters — April 11, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  2. Sorry guys, but scooping out marrow sounds pretty awful to me. What about the old standard method of boiling the bones and collecting the stock for soup? Isn’t there a frnch technique that reduces stock way down into a concentrate that is really delicious and nutritious?

    Comment by Jodi Host — May 11, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  3. I’ve never eaten bone marrow before. The process of eating it, or sucking it as I’ve read on some sites, from the bone seems to play on primal urges. It does seem to be general consensus that marrow is phenomenal for you, though. So, even though the thought of this kind of turns me off a little, I will have to try it.

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — August 6, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

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