How to Make a Gelatin-Rich Bone Broth on the Stove Top in 30 Minutes

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Yes, you really can make a gelatin-rich bone broth in only 30 mins.This method is great for those not willing or able to simmer broths for extended periods.

Yes, it’s true, you really can make a gelatin-rich bone broth on the stovetop in 30 minutes.

Now, this stovetop method is a little bit of a quasi-bone broth, so to speak, but it’s a much better option than using commercially prepared store-bought broths which are often full of chemicals and flavorings.

And let me head off all you pressure cooker Instant Pot freaks right now who might be saying, “Well duh just use the Instant Pot!” Well, I hate to shock you but I’m not thrilled with the taste of Instant Pot bone broth, among other things. Nor have I ever made a gelatin-rich bone broth at the 30-minute setting on the Instant Pot.

The Inspiration for Gelatin-Rich Bone Broth in 30 Minutes

The recipe I’m going to share is inspired by a recipe called “fake chicken stock” in the cookbook called Soup: A Way of Life by Barbara Kafka.

I found this great cookbook recently in a used bookstore and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for some great new soup recipes and some interesting perspectives on broth and stock.  You can check it out here on Amazon.

Basically, her “fake chicken stock” is a quick stovetop version of bone broth when you don’t have time to make the longer slowly simmered version.

While I’m using Kafka’s recipe as inspiration, I’ve amended it in two important ways.  First, her recipe recommends simmering chicken bones with a commercially prepared canned broth (blech) or bouillon cubes (ugh) dissolved in water.

Please don’t use that fake stuff!  Just use water.

In my experience, you can get a nice flavorful broth even from a short simmer time.  The key is to use some meaty bones and parts as meat imparts flavor into the broth. In fact, when I was in Thailand, many of their broths call for a very short simmer time. I’ve found this in many other Asian broth and stock recipes as well.  Another helpful hint is to use previously cooked or roasted bones as they’ll also impart more flavor than raw bones.

Of course, with a short simmer time you won’t get a gelatin-rich bone broth.  And that’s where the “quasi” part of this comes in.

The Key Ingredient in Gelatin-Rich Bone Broth in 30 Minutes

You might want to sit down for this.  

The key ingredient is…


I know.  Totally earth-shattering, isn’t it? 

But to be more specific, powdered gelatin.  

Why Gelatin Is The Key Ingredient in Bone Broth

Gelatin is what gives bone broth its many potential health benefits including skin, joint, immune and gut health. However, bone broths (or bone stocks) need to be simmered for a long time to get a nice gelatin-rich bone broth.  Over time, the gelatin leaches out from the bones and other added collagen-rich parts (collagen breaks down into gelatin during the simmering process). For chicken and pork this could be 12 – 24 hours and for beef it could be as long as 24 – 72 hours.

While a long simmer time is always the best way to do it, not everyone is able, willing or ready to do this for many reasons.

The recipe below for a quick 30-minute stovetop version is a much healthier version than commercially prepared canned and boxed bone broth which are chock full of added flavorings (including the organic versions) that mimic the flavor of a real, traditional, slow and long-cooked broth.

And they NEVER contain gelatin. Ever.

Why Using a Good Quality Gelatin Powder is Important 

Please use a good quality gelatin powder from grass-fed and pastured animals. Don’t just get any commercially prepared gelatin powder. These are almost certainly coming from factory-farmed sources.

Many people report that even with a long, slow simmer in the traditional manner, bones from grain-fed, confined animals don’t gel well. That’s especially true for chicken bones which have naturally less collagen (which turns into gelatin during the simmering process) than larger animals.

Quality matters!  By purchasing good quality products you’re helping support a more sustainable agricultural system which in turn helps sustain our health.

While there are many good gelatin powder products now emerging on the market, the one I highly recommend is Perfect Supplement’s Bovine Perfect Gelatin.

Why Bovine Perfect Gelatin

This is Perfect Supplement’s new powdered gelatin product. Here’s why I recommend it:

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Gelatin Bone Broth Recipe

Gelatin-rich bone broth

30-Minute Gelatin-Rich Bone Broth Recipe

This is a quick stove top version of bone broth when you don’t have time to make the longer slowly simmered version.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings2 quarts
AuthorCraig Fear


  • 1 whole chicken carcass or 2-3 pounds chicken backs, necks and/or wings bones
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 onion chopped into quarters
  • 2-3 carrots chopped into large pieces
  • 2-3 stalks celery chopped into large pieces
  • 4 scoops gelatin Perfect Bovine Gelatin


  • In a stockpot, add the water, chicken carcass or chicken parts and veggies and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes (go longer if you want!).
  • Strain bones and veggies.
  • Sprinkle the powdered gelatin, one scoop at a time, into about 1 – 1.5 cups of cold water, and mix well.  This is important!  Adding the gelatin directly to the hot liquid broth can cause it to clump up and not distribute evenly. Let it sit for a few minutes and it will thicken.Note: if you’re adjusting the amount of water in this recipe, use about one scoop of gelatin per 16 ounces of broth. Since we’re using 2 quarts in this recipe (64 ounces), we’re using 4 scoops.
  • Add the thickened gelatin to the broth and mix well.  It will re-liquify into the hot broth.  Upon cooling in the fridge it will then thicken.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1quart | Calories: 878kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 74g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10905IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4mg

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How to Make a Gelatin-Rich Bone Broth on the Stove Top in 30 Minutes

About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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