Beef Pho Bone Broth

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This rich and aromatic beef pho bone broth is made in a slow cooker with warm spices including cinnamon, cloves, and coriander.

Beef pho bone broth.

Having grown up eating Vietnamese food almost once a week, it is no surprise that I continue to crave it regularly as an adult. Seeing as the temperatures in Michigan have been freezing lately, it’s about time I share my Beef Pho Bone Broth recipe. This Vietnamese inspired soup base is perfect for a cold day, although I’ll enjoy it in the heat of summer, too!


Ingredients for beef pho bone stock
  • Beef bones: For an even richer flavor, I love roasting the bones in a hot oven until the marrow caramelizes.
  • Onions: I’ll use yellow onions for the mild flavor they add to the broth.
  • Ginger: I love to use fresh ginger root in my broth, but you can use ginger paste as an easy substitute.
  • Warm spices: Whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and whole black peppercorns slowing stewing in the broth are part of the reason it has such a rich, depth of flavor.
  • Fish sauce: A common ingredient in many Asian cuisines, it has a strong umami flavor that is great in the broth.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Since beef has a naturally higher fat content than shrimp or chicken, the acidity from the vinegar helps balance out the flavor.
  • Brown sugar: Adds just a hint of sweetness to the broth and balances out the flavors.
  • Pho ingredients: Thinly sliced beef, noodles, jalapeño, lime, cilantro, bean sprouts, sriracha, hoisin and more! Use your favorite pho ingredients.

How to Make Beef Pho Bone Broth

Placing beef bones on baking sheet

Start your beef pho bone broth by taking a prepared baking sheet and laying out the beef bones. Then toss in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes until browned.

Adding beef bones to slow cooker

Once bones are browned and caramelized, add them to your slow cooker.

Beef stock ingredients in slow cooker

Then add your halved onions, brown sugar, ginger root, and warm spices.

Adding vinegar to slow cooker

Then add the apple cider vinegar and fish sauce.

Adding water to slow cooker

Finish by covering it all in water, then cook on low for 8 hours.

Noodles and beef in bowl

When ready to serve, prepare a bowl with your favorite pho ingredients.

Straining beef bone stock into bowl

Then remove the bones, and strain the hot broth over the top of your noodles and beef.

Picking up noodles in beef pho bone broth.

Serve and enjoy your slow cooker Beef Pho Bone Broth!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bone broth healthy?

Bone broth is very nutrient dense, including protein, amino acids, electrolytes, and collagen.

Does beef cook in pho broth?

Thinly sliced beef or small meatballs will cook in the heat of the broth and doesn’t require being cooked ahead of time.

How do I reduce the fat in my bone broth?

While completely optional, one great way to cut down on the fat and calories is to refrigerate the stock overnight. As the stock chills, the fat naturally rises to the top and you can easily remove the thick top layer of fat that forms overnight before reheating the aromatic beef pho stock.

Beef Pho Bone Stock top view

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Liz eating beef pho bone broth with noodles.

A rich and flavorful stock to drink for the nutrients, or the best base for noodle soup, you’ll be sure to love my Beef Pho Bone Broth.

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Beef Pho Bone Stock

Beef Pho Bone Broth

4.72 stars average
This rich and aromatic beef pho bone broth is made with warm spices including cinnamon, cloves, and coriander.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 8 hours 20 minutes
TOTAL: 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 5 pounds beef bones
  • 2 medium yellow onions (halved)
  • 3-inch piece ginger root
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • rice noodles, thinly sliced raw beef (such as eye of round or sirloin), bean sprouts, lime wedges, hoisin sauce, cilantro, jalapeño, etc. (optional ingredients to make pho)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place beef bones on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Roast bones until browned, about 30 minutes.
  • Place roasted beef bones and all remaining ingredients in a large slow cooker and cover with 12-16 cups water (depending on the size of your slow cooker.) Heat on Low for 8 hours. 
  • Remove beef bones and strain stock over a fine mesh strainer. Discard bones and remaining ingredients caught in the strainer. Check stock for flavor and season with salt to taste. 

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Nutrition Facts are for stock only.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 13.7gProtein: 10.2gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 1475mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 7.2g
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24 responses to “Beef Pho Bone Broth”

  1. Connie Avatar

    I made the beef pho bone stock and have a couple questions.
    First, can this be used as a regular beef broth and second, my husband was concerned since there was no salt, could this broth be canned and placed on a shelf?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes, this can be used with lots of recipes. And while I don’t have it listed, I do add salt at the end for flavor, though I’m unsure of what amount would need to be added for this to be canned and stored in dry storage.

  2. Dawn Avatar

    It’s delicious. I made this to switch up my weekly bone broth fast and the flavors are a welcome change.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed it!!

    2. Gayle Avatar

      I absolutely love phò and want to start making it regularly. That in mind…is this recipe conducive to home canning? Any suggestions to making my endeavor more successful?

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Great idea to home can it – I wish I was expert enough!

      2. Ruth Avatar

        This was amazing! I did it all in the oven – roasted beef feet for 30 minutes, added everything else that isn’t liquid and roasted another 20 minutes, then tossed all the liquids in and cooked with a lid on for 4 hours. After it cooled and I skimmed the fat, I reheated it with thinly sliced onion and some chopped bok choy to keep it low cal for a 5:2 fast day. Next time I’ll make way more!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          So glad you enjoyed it!!!!

  3. Christopher Pearce Avatar
    Christopher Pearce

    This was the first time I have made this and absolutely loved it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad to hear that!!

  4. Julianne Bayer Avatar
    Julianne Bayer

    I never thought about making this at home before! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good and easy to make!

  5. Rose Avatar

    I LOVE Pho and I just made a big batch of bone broth for the freezer. Adding apple cider vinegar is a great idea to balance the rich flavor. We will be having this very soon.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It does such a good job of creating balance. Thanks Rose!

  6. Carolyn Ingram Avatar
    Carolyn Ingram

    This looks incredible!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Carolyn!! I hope you love it!

  7. Matt Avatar

    This looks so comforting and we absolutely love pho. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      There’s nothing better!

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    This looks so wonderful. I can see this on our menu!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  9. Nicole Avatar

    Wow! That beef stock is dreamy! I love the tip for adding vinegar to help balance the flavor. I’ll be thinking about this bowl of pho all week!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Nicole!!

  10. Chelsea @ Healthy Fabulous Life Avatar
    Chelsea @ Healthy Fabulous Life

    I make homemade bone broth almost weekl and can’t wait to try this stock for Pho!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good and easy!