Roasted Bone Marrow Salad


*This recipe is gluten-free, Paleo and SCD-friendly*

Have you heard of bulalo? Bulalo is a dish of beef shank and marrow soup from the southern Luzon province of the Philippines. As the fat and collagen from the bones melt into the water they are boiled in, this produces an unctuous and flavourful broth that immediately awakens the “umami” sense.

Although I am not posting about bone marrow soup today, by introducing you to bulalo, I am hoping to give marrow a grand entrance and, perhaps, qualify how good they taste! Yes, bone marrow is fatty and certainly not good for your cholesterol – according to your conventional family doctor, if that’s who you listen to. At this point, you are probably thinking, “oh no, that marrow is now coagulating and hardening inside my arteries! Quick, get me a Statin, stat!” Has anybody heard of the French Paradox? That might be a good thing to look up now.

But don’t panic. In my humble opinion, there is nothing wrong with eating fat, as long as it’s the good kind of fat (from nature, not manufactured in a laboratory) and it’s enjoyed in moderation. However, I am not a medical professional qualified to give advice, so what do I know? Here’s the caveat then: proceed with this Roasted Bone Marrow Salad at your own risk! Don’t say I didn’t warn you of its awesomeness!

This Roasted Bone Marrow Salad, which makes use of the same crosswise cut of beef bones as the aforementioned bulalo, is one heck of a dish. Not convinced? Just ask David Leite of Leite’s Culinaria. He has loads of information on bone marrow on his site that I won’t bother rehashing here. You can just head over there and read all the juicy details!

Meanwhile, part of my “job” is to convince you to try this recipe. See those chunks of collagenous stuff that look like teeny little baby brains in the photo above? Yes, those are the ones we’re talking about. Let me tell you how I reacted to my first hot, slick, and fluffy spoonful of marrow. It was an explosion in my mouth – a sudden high that blasted through – and all I could mutter was a “hellz, yeah!” It was like a hit of blue ice with 97% purity – not that I would know; I am a “Breaking Bad” fan, you see!

5.0 from 9 reviews
Roasted Bone Marrow Salad
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe Type: Salad
Serves: 4 to 6
  • 4 to 6 beef bone marrow pieces, cut cross-section, about 4" tall each (allow at least 1 piece per person)
  • 6 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • ½ red onion, finely minced
  • salad greens of your choice (I used micro greens: arugula, broccoli, and cress)
  • 1 pint golden berries (also known as Cape gooseberries), halved
  • a handful of honey- or apple juice-sweetened dried black currants
  1. To clean the bones, soak them in a large pot with enough cold water to submerge the 4 to 6 bones. Season the water with 6 teaspoons of salt. Refrigerate up from 3 hours up to 24 hours, changing the water when it becomes cloudy or every 3 to 4 hours.
  2. When ready to roast, drain the bones and dry then with paper towels.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 F (230 C).
  4. Set the bone standing up on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and some minced garlic.
  5. Roast bone for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the marrow softens, bubbles, and melts. You can also test the marrow with a cake tester inserted into the middle. When it comes out hot to touch, the marrow inside is cooked.
  6. While the marrow cooks, prepare the salad by chopping the ingredients.
  7. When the marrow is done, serve immediately with a marrow spoon or any long, skinny spoon that can fit inside the bone.
  8. To eat, scoop some liquid fat and marrow out, then toss with salad. The marrow's fat becomes the dressing.



  • Reply September 13, 2013

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Your salads are always composed so well! I’ve never tried bone marrow, to be honest with you, though you make it sound tempting!

  • Reply September 14, 2013


    As I always say with bone marrow – I love the heart-stopping goodness of this “delicacy” anyway it’s cooked.
    This looks soooo beautiful and appetizing! I love your plating and the sprinkling of garlic on top!
    I also shared on the blog my first attempts at roaseted bone marrow and used it as spread on toasted baguette, YUM!

  • Reply September 14, 2013

    Tessa @ Feral Kitchen

    I love roasted bone marrow! This salad looks fantastic!

  • Oh my gosh, I would like a giant bowl of bulalo right now! Mmm-mmm. I’ve been roasting bone marrow, and my creations certainly don’t look as pretty as this salad 😉

  • Reply September 14, 2013


    Ridiculously delicious looking bone marrow 😀
    Such a creative salad!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Reply September 15, 2013

    Phenomenal Mama

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I grew up having bulalo soup on a regular basis, but now that I am older and in-charge of my own kitchen, not so much. :) We still enjoy it occasionally, but having it in a salad looks so tempting. I love all the photos here, and the micro-greens are always so pretty!

  • Reply September 15, 2013


    Wow! Look at that, I am speechless looking at it.

  • I have never tried bone marrow before, or ever really considered it. But you make it sound so good! So glad you are back to blogging!

  • Reply September 15, 2013


    Bone marrow is very good, isn’t it?!! Surprisingly so. We shared a bone marrow appetizer at Morimoto in Napa last weekend and I have to say it didn’t have anything on your salad creation in the looks department!!! But, it did taste amazing as I’m sure your salad did 😉

  • Reply September 15, 2013

    Coffee and Crumpets

    You don’t have to sell bone marrow to me! I love it and its incredibly delicious! I would have no problem making and finishing off this gorgeous salad. When I was younger, my mother would scoop out the marrow from the curried bones and give it to me. It was my favourite part.


  • Reply September 16, 2013

    Lora @cakeduchess

    There are so many times I tried bone marrow as a little girl. I never saw it used in a salad and this is such a gorgeous salad, Jen. Looks delicious!

  • Reply September 17, 2013

    katie @ how do i find a man

    this is really neat, it’s exotic and looks really cool.

    i want to try this one because i’m on an asian food eating expedition with some friends around the town and i’d like to try bulalo instead of making it myself.

    then maybe if i like it i’ll do it myself

    thanks so much!


  • Reply September 18, 2013


    Only you Jen, could make this salad and bone marrow soup sound tantalizing to this previously self proclaimed vegetarian. Your pictures are beautiful and my husband would love this recipe without a doubt. Glad you are back blogging.

  • Glad that you are back to blogging – we missed you and your wonderful recipes! I have never actually had bone marrow, but I know numerous folks who love it. Yours looks so pretty the way you presented it!

  • Reply September 24, 2013

    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’ve tried bone marrow soup before, but seeing the salad recipe is my first time! I missed your beautiful and colorful plating. Always so inspiring!

  • Reply September 24, 2013

    Chocolate Shavings

    You had me at bone marrow!

  • Reply September 27, 2013

    Jean | Lemons & Anchovies

    Those are the most photogenic pieces of bone marrow I’ve ever seen! Beautiful and unique salad!

  • Reply September 30, 2013

    Kristen @ The Endless Meal

    I absolutely LOVE bone marrow but have never been brave enough to try cooking it at home. You make it sound so easy! Will definitely be giving it a try soon :)

  • How in H* i missed your post? I loveeee Bone Marrow, like LOVE and yours look so amazingly delicious and with veggies, so yumzy! Great clicks as always …have a beautiful week!!!!

  • What a gorgeous salad! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

  • Reply October 11, 2013

    Amy (Savory Moments)

    This looks awesome! I’ve never had marrow bones before, but recently bought some at the farmers’ market because I’ve been intrigued by them. I’m more excited to give them a try now. Beautiful!

  • Reply November 15, 2013

    Sarah & Arkadi

    This recipe hits close to home, especially for Sarah (who was raised in the Philippines)! We love your photos!

  • Reply November 20, 2013

    Sarah & Arkadi

    We love this recipe and photos! It’s closer to our home since Sarah was raised in the Philippines! Thanks!

  • Reply November 26, 2013


    This is indeed a grand entrance for marrow bones. I’ve been playing around with a roasted recipe of my own. The umami flavor is simply astounding. But I am surprised by some people’s reaction to this delicacy. I even went to my butcher recently because I wanted veal bones, and I wanted them cut lengthwise. Even the butcher looked at me quizically and said “are you sure?”

  • Reply December 2, 2013

    La Torontoise

    I had absolutely no experience with marrow bones before and waited for a friend of mine (a re experienced one) to take the lead in trying out this recipe; the experiment was quite an experience on its own. Thank you! Was very delicious!!
    Have a great holiday season and I look forward to reading more from you on the blog: -)

  • Reply December 24, 2013


    Hi Jen! You always make me hungry… :-)

    Hope you are having a great holiday season! Sorry for the absence, but work and concerns are keeping me away from Blogtrotter… Anyhow, enjoy my latest post at Tobago, and have a great season!
    Wish you all the best for 2014, hopefully better than 2013!

  • […] Its Primal Season Folks!! No room for Dainty tea drinking and crumpet folks. Grab yourself some Bone Marrow and Get your Primal On.. For the The Roasted Bone Marrow Salad Recipe Follow this link […]

Leave a Reply

Rate this recipe: