How To Make Bone Broth Taste Better: Delicious Add-Ins

How To Make Bone Broth Taste Better: Delicious Add-Ins

Bone broth has been my go-to superfood for years. Whether it's cooked very simply with good bones and water or loaded with garlic, onions and vegetables, bone broth is an elixir I cannot resist. But sipping on bone broth can take a little getting used to for some people, so I recommend playing around with added herbs and spices until you create a flavor combination that is perfect for you.

While a great batch of bone broth is definitely my favorite savory drink to sip on it doesn’t mean that I don’t mix it up from time-to-time. There are endless ways to spice up or enhance the flavor of bone broth, and here are my most favorite.

Add Herbs and Spices to Your Bone Broth

While it’s easiest to sprinkle on dried herbs and spices you can also chop some fresh herbs and spices and simmer them in your bone broth. And like any good recipe, add salt and pepper to your liking.

When I want to keep it simple I add a dash or two of some of the following:

  • Salt
  • White or black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder or dried, minced onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Hot sauce
  • Vinegar (apple cider vinegar is my favorite)
  • Truffle oil
  • Smoked salt
  • Coconut aminos
  • Fish Sauce

When I’m craving something reminiscent of my Italian roots I’ll add various combinations of the following:

  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Marjoram
  • Sugar-free tomato paste (½ to 1 teaspoon)
  • Italian seasoning

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When I want something mild but bursting with flavor I’ll go with one of these combinations:

  • Salt, pepper, chives, and lemon juice
  • Ginger, garlic powder, and lemon juice
  • Truffle salt and ginger
  • Garlic and onion powder, salt and smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder, ginger, cilantro, coconut aminos, and lime juice

When I really want to spice it up go for one of the following:

  • Hot sauce (or cayenne pepper) and lemon juice
  • Hot sauce, or Sriracha, lime juice, salt, garlic powder and coriander (or cilantro)
  • Chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika
  • Turmeric, garlic powder, and black pepper

Don't Forget to Visit the Spice Aisle

Here’s a no-brainer. For creative ways to enhance the flavor of your bone broth visit the spice aisle. There are so many interesting flavor combinations sitting on your local grocery store shelf. Every time I stock up on spices I am amazed at the new seasoning combinations I find. If you’ve got a favorite ethnic food I guarantee there is a seasoning for it. Try some out, but be sure to be mindful of added ingredients and skip ones with monosodium glutamate and added sugar.

Here are some of my go-to combination spices and pastes:

  • Italian seasoning (of course)
  • Herbs De Provence
  • Taco seasoning
  • Mexican adobo
  • Curry powder or paste
  • Garam masala
  • Chinese Five Spice
  • Blackening seasoning
  • Umami seasoning
  • Za’atar
  • Harissa

Use Your Bone Broth to Make a Soup

Soups are by far my favorite way to get more vegetables and protein into my diet. Check out my broth-loading soup post for great ideas on loading up your bone broth with more vegetables. And remember, bone broth can be used to make a quick meal by adding your favorite meat to your bone broth and vegetables. Check out some of my favorite soup recipes here.

Make it Creamy

A little healthy fat, a tablespoon or two per eight ounces of bone broth, can turn any soup into a creamy soup. My favorite way to make a soup creamy is canned coconut milk, but pureed avocado works really great too.

Bottom Line... Make it Your Own

You know what you like. Play around with your favorite flavors and make it a daily adventure to try something new! If you do that and you will never be bored with your bone broth.

Bon Appétit,

Dr. Kellyann