Carnivore Diet Bone Broth (6 Benefits & My Go-to Recipe)

Gabriel Woods
Published by Gabriel Woods
Last Updated On: December 4, 2023

I’ve been on a carnivore diet for over a decade and tried countless bone broth recipes.

Being extremely health-conscious, I also checked all the available studies done on both broths to see what health benefits it brings, apart from being absolutely delicious.

Today, I’ll talk about why you should have bone broth on a carnivore diet, and I’ll share the best homemade bone broth recipe I’ve perfected over the years.

Quick Summary

  • Bone broth is a carnivore diet staple.
  • There are numerous health benefits to drinking bone broth.
  • You need high-quality bones for cooking bone broth.
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Benefits of Bone Broth on a Carnivore Diet

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There are several benefits of pure carnivore bone broth.

1. It’s Anti-Aging

Bone broth is full of collagen fiber which is great for your skin and bones [1]. Women will love bone broth because collagen is anti-aging, helps wrinkle-free skin, and helps achieve a youthful look.

Plus, bone broth strengthens hair and nails, which is an added bonus.

2. Builds Muscle

Bone broth helps build muscle. It has amino acids that stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which aids the maintenance and development of skeletal muscles [2].

Consuming bone broth prevents bone loss, which is especially beneficial to mid-life and elderly peopleolder adults.

3. Aids Fat Loss

Bone broth is very low in calories, but it’s filling. It’ll satisfy your appetite. You’ll feel full for longer and won’t have cravings.

It has gelatin protein, making you feel you have a full stomach [3].

4. It’s Hydrating

The carnivore diet is limited in what drinks you can have. A strict carnivore diet doesn’t allow coffee because coffee beans are a fruit seed, which makes coffee fruit seed extract.

Because of the limited choice of drinks, it’s easy to get dehydrated.

But drinking bone broth is an efficient way of making sure you have sufficient water levels and nutrients.

5. Boosts Immunity

Bone broth is rich in amino acids, such as glutamine and arginine. These boost the immune system.

Moreover, amino acids can fight intestinal inflammation [4].

6. Reduces Inflammation

When you’re on a carnivore diet, you’re eliminating foods that cause inflammation, which reduces joining pan.

Bone broth is rich in collagen, which helps reduce joint pain.

What Bones to Use for Carnivore Diet Bone Broth?

Use a mixture of meaty bones, bone marrow, knuckle bones, beef bones, and steak bones for carnivore diet bone broth.

In reality, you can use any bones you want, but some of my favorites are the ones I listed above.

For chicken bone broth, you can also use pork hocks, meaty ribs, chicken necks, and feet. These bones give a mix of marrow, cartilage, and sinew.

“With bone broth, you aren’t really stuck to a certain parameter. You can put whatever bones you want in it, almost like a soup.”
- White Oak Pastures Farm, YouTube Channel

Pro tip: You can add a foot when cooking bone broth. Ask the butcher to cut it into small sections, so you can throw it in.

Should You Roast the Bones Before Cooking a Carnivore Diet Bone Broth?

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You can roast the bones before cooking a carnivore diet bone broth. This step is optional.

If you roast pork bones and chicken bones, expect that you’ll have a different flavor.

Roasting changes the color of the broth. Raw bones give white broth, while roasted bones make brown broth.

It’s best to try cooking broth with and without roasting to see which option you prefer.

Carnivore Diet Bone Broth Recipe

An image of a bone broth in a bowl with spoon on the side

Here’s my go-to recipe for a delicious bone broth.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 24 hours
  • Total time: 24 hours and 10 minutes
  • Servings: 8


  • 4 oz of mixed animal bones
  • 2 teaspoons salt (Optional). I recommend pink Himalayan salt for a carnivore diet.
  • 4l water. You need enough water to cover the bones so you have a 1:2 ratio for the finished product. Tip: You can adjust the amount of water to have a denser or lighter broth, according to your preference.
  • Optional vinegar. You can add vinegar to leach out the minerals if desired. If you choose to add apple cider vinegar, go for two tablespoons.


  1. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees.
  2. Take out a deep roasting tray and arrange the bones in a single layer. Sprinkle salt on the bones and roast for about half an hour. Turn the bones around halfway, so they are evenly roasted. The roasting is done when the bones are caramelized and brown in color. This step is optional, and you can skip the bone roasting.
  3. Move all the bones and the juices into a pot. Add water and vinegar if desired. Bring the bones to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, so it simmers.
  4. Skim the foam every 15 minutes for the first two hours to have a clear broth.
  5. Cook for at least 18 to 24 hours. Add extra water if needed. The bones should be covered at all times.
  6. Let the broth cool slightly and strain with a fine-mesh strainer or a cheesecloth.
  7. Store the broth in glass jars in the fridge for up to five days, or freeze for up to six months.

Recipe Tips

Here’s what to keep in mind when cooking homemade broth:

  • How long you should cook the broth depends on the bones you’re using. For example, cook fish broth for about two hours, chicken broth for up to 12 hours, and beef, lamb, pork, and veal broth for 24 hours.
  • Simmer for longer if you want to save and eat marrow bones for calcium.
  • You can also cook the broth in the slow cooker.
  • Keep the kitchen fan on during the cooking to help with the stink.
  • You don’t have to skim the foam at the top. The foam is just protein and fat, so it’s pure animal food. Skimming gives a clear broth, but leave the foam if you don’t mind a darker color.
  • You can use bone broth in other recipes instead of water. For example, add nourishing broth, braised meat, scrambled eggs, and pate.

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Is Bone Broth Allowed on a Carnivore Diet?

Yes, bone broth is allowed on a carnivore diet. It’s full of health benefits and pure animal food, so it’s a great choice if you’re eating carnivore.

Will Bone Broth Kick Me Out of Ketosis?

No, bone broth won’t kick you out of ketosis. It doesn’t have any sugar and has less than a gram of carbs per serving, which makes it a great choice for carnivore diets.

Does a Bone Broth Fast Put You in Ketosis?

Yes, bone broth fast puts you in ketosis. Fasting triggers fat burning quickly, and a two-day broth fast is a fast start of ketosis.


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Gabriel Woods
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Gabrielle Woods holds a BSc degree in Hospitality Management with a summa cum laude distinction from the University of Santo Tomas, majoring in Culinary Entrepreneurship. She helps clients achieve specific fitness goals through protein-based meal prepping. She believes cooking is both an art and a science best done with a balance of tradition and innovation.
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