French-Style Roasted Beef Bone Marrow Recipe

Bring French-Style cooking to your tabletop with this Roasted Beef Bone Marrow Recipe. Serve this appetizer as part of an hors d’oeuvres.


  • Marrow Bones: Buy large beef bones from your local butcher and have them slice them lengthwise or into smaller rounds for easier eating.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season your bones liberally with salt and pepper.

How to eat this French-Style Roasted Beef Bone Marrow Recipe

Roasted bone marrow is a simple French dish that is often served as an appetizer that doesn’t need much to be delicious.

There a few ways to serve and eat this French-Style roasted beef bone marrow recipe. The easiest way to eat these marrow bones is to simply serve it with with crostini or toasted bread.

If you want to make your bone marrow as part of an appetizer plate, serve the bones with garlic confit, capers, grilled shallots and pate.

What are the benefits of eating roasted beef bone marrow?

Bone marrow is full of collagen which supports the growth of healthy skin, nails and hair. Supplementing your diet with collagen will also support your joints.

While you can eat bone marrow by roasting the bones, you can also cook the bones down further when you’re finished with the bones and make a bone broth.

While eating the marrow from beef, lamb, moose and other larger animals has been a common practice for hundreds of years, it has recently become a delicacy that is relished in restaurants.

How to Prepare Beef Bones for Roasting

Preparing beef bones for roasting is an easy process but you’ll have to prepare the bones the night before you want to eat them.

Add the bones to a large pot of heavily salted water. Place the pot of water in the fridge and let the bones soak overnight. The salted water will pull out any blood and impurities in the bone marrow that will be unpleasant to eat, in addition to salting the marrow.

Once the bones have soaked overnight, drain the water and thoroughly dry the bones. Now they are ready for roasting!

Learn how to make the most delicious French-style roasted beef bone marrow recipe
Learn how to make the most delicious French-style roasted beef bone marrow recipe

How to Roast Marrow Bones

Once the beef bones have soaked in the salted water, they are ready to be roasted in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and then prepare your baking sheet.

For easy clean up, wrap your baking sheet in tin foil.

Place the beef bones flat side up and sprinkle liberally with sea salt and freshly-cracked pepper before roasting. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Check on the bone marrow to see if it is finished cooking. If it pierces like soft butter and begins to bloat slightly from the canals of the bone, then it is finished cooking. You can also check that the internal temperature of the marrow has reached 145 degrees with a food thermometer.

Serve immediately with crostinis and other dishes such as pate and green olive tapenade.

More Ideas for Bone Marrow

One of my favorite ways to jazz up marrow bones is to create a bone marrow risotto with them. After roasting the bones, scoop out the marrow after slightly cooled and mash with a fork so it will combine with the risotto easily. Add the bone marrow into the risotto and stir together well.

What to Serve Roasted Bone Marrow With

Looking for other recipes to serve your beef bone marrow with? Look no further, here are a few recipes to serve as part of an appetizer plate.

French-Style Roasted Beef Bone Marrow Recipe

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Recipe by Sarah
Course: Appetizers, sidesCuisine: FrenchDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 or 3 pounds beef bones, cut lengthwise

  • pinch salt and pepper


  • Soak the beef bones in a large pot of salted water overnight. This will draw out any blood and impurities in the bones.
  • When you are ready to roast, remove the bones from the water and dry them thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover your baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
  • On a baking sheet, lay the bones marrow-side up. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Bake the marrow bones for 20 minutes. The marrow should begin to bloat slightly from the bones and have no resistance when touched with a knife.
  • When finished cooking, remove from the oven and serve immediately. Serve with toast, roasted garlic and more salt and pepper.

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