Easy Au Jus Sauce: A Lip-Smacking Fusion of American & French Cuisine

On my recent getaway to France, I inadvertently unleashed my inner thrift shop queen—snagging some vintage gems along the way, if I might say so myself. But let’s not dwell on why I now possess three old-school berets, as enchanting as they may be. While we stayed at the cutest Airbnb, our lovely host who lived downstairs treated us to the world’s most scrumptious croissants (seriously, how does one even achieve that much flakiness?). As I savored each buttery, mouthwateringly divine bite, I stumbled upon a saucy revelation: Au Jus Sauce.

Following the French escapade and those unforgettable croissants, I couldn’t help but expose my culinary curiosity to this glorious, thin sauce that sent my taste buds soaring. Yet, holding off on the drool-worthy details, let’s dive headfirst into the world of Au Jus, shall we?

Amidst this sauce discovery and beret-laden experience, I’m bringing an Au Jus sauce recipe that will transport your senses to a quaint Parisian café. After devouring the knowledge below, you’ll have harnessed the power to elevate your meats and sandwiches to newfound heights with a touch of French finesse. So buckle up, food adventurers, as we journey together toward saucy enlightenment.


  1. Beef broth or juices from a roast beef – The base of the sauce, it gives the sauce a rich beefy flavor.

  2. Worcestershire Sauce – A key ingredient that adds depth and complexity to the flavor.

  3. Red Wine – A dry red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon adds sweetness and acidity to the sauce.

  4. Drippings from roast beef – Rich, savory flavor that adds to the sauce.


  1. Start by heating up a saucepan or your roasting pan from your roast beef over low heat.
  2. Take a wooden spoon or spatula, and if using the roasting pan, scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. It’s like getting extra flavor on the house!
  3. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1 cup of red wine. If you don’t have red wine on hand, you can use a dry red table wine or a combination of red wine vinegar and a sweeter red wine.
  4. Add in 1 cup of beef broth or the juices from the roast beef. Bring it to a simmer.
  5. Serve hot and don’t forget to pair it with some delicious sliced roast beef. You can also use it as a dipping sauce or pour it over french dip sandwiches.

Serving Suggestions for Easy Au Jus Sauce

This rich and hearty au jus sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a succulent roast beef. Pour it over sliced roast beef and serve with creamy mashed potatoes, a side of steamed vegetables or crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce. If you want to add a bit of French flair to your meal, serve it with pommes frites and a side of green beans.

Feeling fancy? Elevate your roast beef to new heights by serving it with this easy au jus sauce, a side of sautéed mushrooms, and a glass of red wine. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.

And, if you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your next dinner party, try serving this sauce with a fancy cut of beef, like filet mignon. It’s sure to impress your guests and leave them asking for seconds. Just don’t forget to have extra bread on hand to soak up every last drop of that rich and delicious sauce!


What’s the cook time for this recipe?

The cook time for this recipe is just 5 minutes! So quick and easy.

Can I use something other than beef broth or juice from roast beef in this recipe?

Sure! If you don’t have beef broth or juice from a roast handy, you could also use chicken broth or even water as a base for the au jus sauce. Just keep in mind that it may change the flavor slightly.

What kind of pan should I use for this recipe?

A roasting pan from cooking roast beef or a saucepan is perfect for this recipe. Or, if you don’t have either of those, you could just use another pan you have on hand. The most important thing is to make sure it’s heatproof and big enough to hold the ingredients.

Can I use red wine in this recipe?

Yes, the recipe calls for 1 cup of red wine, which gives the au jus a nice depth of flavor. However, you could also use white wine or even beef broth if you don’t have any red wine on hand.

Is this recipe vegan?

Unfortunately, no. This recipe calls for beef broth, juices from roast beef, and drippings from roast beef, which are not suitable for a vegan diet.

Au Jus Sauce

An elevated version of the classic au jus sauce with a bold, complex flavor profile and a velvety texture.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4 cups
Calories 234 kcal


  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Ladle


  • 1 1/2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Red Wine
  • 1/4 cup diced Shallots
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig fresh Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste


  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, sauté the shallots and garlic over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and rosemary sprig to the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by half.
  • Stir in the beef broth and dijon mustard. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is light brown in color.
  • Gradually whisk the roux into the simmering sauce, making sure to incorporate it well.
  • Season the sauce with salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and discard the rosemary sprig. Serve hot with sliced roast beef.


You can also add in a splash of cognac for a deeper, richer flavor.


Calories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 8.2gProtein: 5.8gFat: 13.2gSaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 991mgPotassium: 210mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2.4gVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword Beef, Gravy, Roast
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