How to Make Bordelaise Sauce


This bordelaise sauce is a simple version of the classic French red wine and shallot reduction sauce. It's fantastic on a steak, roast beef, or whatever!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 cup


  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 4 large shallots, peeled and sliced

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 2 cups veal stock

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make bordelaise sauce.

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  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and a pinch of salt; cook and stir shallots until caramelized and browned, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Shallots caramelizing in a saucepan of butter.

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  3. Add red wine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; cook until wine is nearly evaporated and pan juices are thick and slightly syrupy. Watch carefully as the mixture burns easily. Add veal stock, return to a simmer, and cook until reduced by half and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

    Red wine being added to saucepan.

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    Everything simmering together.

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  4. Pour sauce through a fine mesh strainer set over a container. Tap the strainer with a spoon while straining and squeeze out the last remaining drops of sauce from the residue. Season sauce to taste with salt and black pepper.

    Sauce being poured through a fine mesh strainer.

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Close up on a sauce boat of bordelaise sauce with a spoonful dripping back down into the boat.

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Chef's Note:

Don't use cooking wine; don't use good wine — just get a nice bottle of wine, something you would drink.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 234mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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