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Beef Broth Recipe and Instructions

Beef broth recipe and instructions, just how they teach in culinary schools. Recipe adapted from Wayne Gisslen's Professional Cooking.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 53kcal
Author Victor


  • 5 lbs beef shank, chuck, oxtail, short ribs, or mixed trimmings, or a combination (see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 gallon water (or beef stock for a heartier beef broth)

For mirepoix:

  • 1/2 lb yellow onions (chopped)
  • 4 oz carrots (chopped)
  • 4 oz celery (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 oz tomatoes (canned or fresh)

Seasonings (tied in a piece of cheesecloth):

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 4 parsley stems
  • 1 whole clove
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • In a stockpot, heat two tablespoons of oil, add the beef and brown over medium-high heat.
  • Add water or beef stock and bring to a simmer. Skim the surface to remove any impurities, froth or scum.
  • Continue simmering for 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, heat another two tablespoons of oil in a skillet, then add the mirepoix and saute over medium-high heat until nicely browned.
    Beef Broth - Mirepoix | ifoodblogger.com
  • Add the mirepoix and tomatoes to the stockpot.
  • Add a 1/4 cup of water the skillet, deglaze it and add the liquid with brown bits to the stockpot.
  • Continue simmering for an another 30 minutes.
  • Add the spices and simmer for another 30–45 minutes.
    Beef Broth -Spice Sachet | ifoodblogger.com
  • Strain the broth through several layers of cheesecloth. Save the meat to serve with the broth or for other uses.
    Beef Broth - Strain the broth | ifoodblogger.com
  • Taste the broth and adjust for salt.
  • Refrigerate for up to 2-3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


For a budget version, use a combination of bones with some meat on them cut into 3-4-inch pieces. Add some meat trimmings if you have any too. I use this combination all the time when making beef broth.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg