Easy Bordelaise Sauce Recipe

Learn how to make Bordelaise sauce with this easy recipe. A classic French sauce that is tangy and flavorful. Perfect to drizzle on top of grilled steak or beef tenderloin.

Interested in more sauce recipes? Try out my Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, Bearnaise Sauce Recipe or Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce.

Bordelaise sauce is a classic French sauce, much like Bearnaise sauce, usually made with red wine and shallots. Traditionally, this sauce uses dry red wine from the Bordeaux region in Southwest France. Bordeaux tend to be some of the most expensive wines in the world, however, and can be subbed with cabernet sauvignon or merlot.

This tangy and savory sauce is perfection drizzled on top of steak or filet mignon. (Just a small portion goes a long way!) It is also an excellent addition to roasted or crispy smashed potatoes.

This particular recipe does not go the traditional route with bordelaise sauce – using veal or marrow. Preferring to use beef bone broth or stock instead. This makes the recipe not only quicker to make but it also does not lose any flavor.

Bordelaise sauce on spoon

What is needed for bordelaise sauce?

  • Dry red wine
  • Minced shallots
  • Dried thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Beef bone broth or stock
  • Melted butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and pepper
Ingredients for bordelaise sauce on counter.

How to make bordelaise sauce:

To a small saucepan, add wine, shallots, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the mixture reduces by half, about 10 minutes. 

Add the broth and bring to a boil again. Continue cooking until this mixture reduces by half, 15-20 minutes. 

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Return the strained sauce to the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. 

In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and flour until smooth. Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk until thickened. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe notes:

  • This recipe is non-traditional, since we are not using veal or demi glace.
  • Sauce can be reheated over medium-low.

What to serve with bordelaise sauce:

Wine pairings for bordelaise sauce:

  • Bordeaux
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

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Bordelaise Sauce Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • ½ cup minced shallots ((1 large or 2 medium shallots))
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme ((or ½ teaspoon fresh thyme) )
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups beef bone broth or stock
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • To a small saucepan, add wine, shallots, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until the mixture reduces by half, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the broth and bring to a boil again. Continue cooking until this mixture reduces by half, 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Return the strained sauce to the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and flour until smooth. Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk until thickened. Enjoy immediately.
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Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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