Classic Bordelaise Sauce Recipe

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Classic Bordelaise Sauce Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on January 03, 2024

Learn how to make the classic Bordelaise sauce from scratch. This rich and flavorful sauce is made with red wine, shallots, garlic, and herbs, creating the perfect complement to your favorite steaks or roasted meats. With just a few simple steps, you can impress your family and friends with this delicious sauce.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the red wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce the wine.
  4. Add the beef stock to the pan and stir to combine. Let the sauce simmer for another 10-15 minutes, until it has thickened slightly.
  5. Stir in the fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the sauce from the heat and strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids.
  7. Serve the Bordelaise sauce with your favorite steaks or roasted meats.

Interesting Facts

  • Bordelaise sauce is named after the Bordeaux region in southwestern France, known for its excellent wine production.
  • Traditionally, Bordelaise sauce is made with bone marrow, but this recipe simplifies the process by using butter for added richness.
  • The sauce pairs exceptionally well with red meats, such as beef and lamb, enhancing their flavors and adding a touch of elegance to the dish.