Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

12 May
Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

To start I`ll admit this post may not be for everyone… but it should be, at least among the carnivores out there. Bone marrow, it`s rich, creamy, decadent, meaty goodness & high on the nutritional scale . I`m not sure why but for whatever reason this is usually reserved for a restaurant experience. Maybe people are a little intimidated but I have yet to go to a dinner party or get together at someone`s home where they`re on the menu.  The truth of the matter is I`m not sure there`s an easier dish out there. All you need is about 20 minutes, a hot oven & little sea salt & freshly ground pepper for a totally delicious treat. At this point if you`ve not already guessed this simple man`s plan to better eating today are Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones. Really, if you`ve not had them before you need these in your life. Trade the traditional chips & dip at your next gathering for a platter full of bones & some crispy bread or raise the bar a little & make it a 1st course.
A quick note on the nutritional values of bone marrow. Bone marrow is a fatty, nutrient dense, energy rich superfood. It`s high in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids & lipids. It`s also known for improving brain function, maintaining healthy bones, supporting the immune system & reducing inflammation. Sounds good to me!Marrow Bones6

Here`s all you need for your Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones:
Marrow Bones- 1 lb per person
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Bread- a good crusty loaf sliced & toasted
Arugula Salad (optional)Marrow Bones1

These bones are beef & more specifically from the femur or leg. Make it easy on yourself & have your butcher cut them. Either in rounds a couple of inches long or lengthwise which is my preferred way. All that luscious marrow is right there & easy to get at.
Some people advocate soaking the bones in cold salted water for 12-24 hours but I think it`s an unneeded step. Just preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil to make clean up a snap & lay your bones marrow side up.
Season well with sea salt & fresh pepper. Pop them into the oven for about 20 minutes.Marrow Bones2Go ahead & toast up a little good bread to spread the marrow.Marrow Bones3Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones ready to go!!Marrow Bones5These are so ridiculously good. Today I paired them with an easy arugula salad & lemon vinaigrette. I love the way the liteness & acidity of the salad contrasts with the richness of the marrow. This is completely optional but works so well together. Besides, now it`s a complete health food plate. Look mom, I`m eating my salad!! Marrow Bones7Just spoon some of that pure carnivorous bliss on your toast & enjoy your Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones!

Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

I so know why they call this poor man`s Foie Gras but for me it`s so much better! (& I love some occasional Foie) Really, give this a try! I think you`ll be so happy you did!

Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones


  • Marrow Bones- 1 lb per person cut lengthwise
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Bread- a good crusty loaf sliced & toasted
  • Arugula Salad (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil to make clean up a snap & lay your bones marrow side up.
  3. Season well with sea salt & fresh pepper.
  4. Roast for about 20 minutes.
  5. Toast some good crusty bread.
  6. Serve your bones with the toast & a lite salad if you like or just spoon on the bread. Either way it`ll be fantastic!
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9 thoughts on “Gnawsome Roasted Marrow Bones

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    • Oh Susan thank you so much! They really are ridiculously good & definitely and so so easy! Not something I would recommend everyday but an occasional delicious indulgence.

  2. Gnawsome. Hehehe. I like you. This looks great. You’re right… I have never cooked marrow. At least as an adult, I’ve only ever had it in restaurants. I think my mom may have made some when we were kids, though. I’ll have to ask her.

    • Oh Natasha, you so need to give these a try! They are so stupid easy & ridiculously good! Let me know if you do & how they turned out!

  3. Hi Tez,

    Congrats on your blog, LOVE it!! Read every single one and have kept track so I can make some of these great recipes. I LOVE marrow bones, where do you recommend we find them here in Los Cabos? Thanks for all the great recipes and keep it up, I really enjoy getting your emails.

    • Oh thanks so much Ida!! You totally just made my day!! I buy my bones at a butcher in the Mercado Publico in San Jose. He just about ALWAYS has them & happily cuts to order.

      • Awesome! Live so close to the Mercado Publico. Any butcher in particular in there? Or is there just the one. One more question since I am not up to par on my butcher Spanish. How would I ask for these and the cut en Español? Mil gracias!!

        • If you walk in the side entrance from the little courtyard in front of the food court he`s on the left hand side. Just ask for huesos de pierna de una vaca. He knows the word femur so it should be no problem. Hope you enjoy Ida! Let me know how they turn out!

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