Red Wine Sauce

Red wine sauce

This is one of those really versatile sauces. It is great with all types of steaks, and easy to make. It is full of flavor, so make a double batch while you’re at it.

Servings 4
Cook Time 1 minute


  • 3 shallots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 cups red wine (skip the cheap stuff)
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 2 tbsp liquid beef stock
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 strip bacon
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp brown sugar


  • Chop the shallots, and fry them a bit in butter. Add the rest of the ingredients, minus the sugar and butter. The onions are there because they add sweetness.
  • Let it simmer (not boil) until it has reduced to half the original amount (for this batch it usually takes 20-30 minutes).
  • Sift it to get rid of the onion/thyme/bacon.
  • Pour the sauce back in the pan, and add the butter and sugar. Stir until the butter and sugar has dissolved, and taste it.
  • If needed (purely a taste preference), add a bit more sugar.
  • The sauce should be a bit thin, but if you like, thicken it just a bit with corn starch.

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