Bordelaise Sauce

Bordelaise Sauce is a classic, rich French sauce to serve over beef tenderloin made with red wine, shallots, beef broth, butter, and minced thyme.

This easy, Homemade Sauce Recipe is perfect to serve over Filet Mignon, Roast, and other delicious Beef Recipes.

Bordelaise Sauce over filet on steak


Bordelaise Sauce is a rich, buttery sauce. It’s a great way to make any dinner slightly more special. The wine sauce is made with a demi-glace base and other flavorful ingredients mixed in. Although it’s traditionally prepared with bone marrow, this recipe tastes just as delicious using beef broth. 

The next time you’re cooking a steak filet or any other beef recipe, try preparing a Sauce Bordelaise recipe, instead of A1 Sauce. It’s a great recipe with a fairly quick cooking time that’s sure to impress any guests and make your steak restaurant-worth.

In fact, this red wine sauce would be a great addition to Christmas dinner. Not only will it taste great over any beef main dish, but it’s perfect to drizzle over classic Christmas dinner sides like Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Green Beans. No matter, what occasion you prepare it for Bordelaise can take your dinner from good to excellent.

Bordelaise Sauce ingredients in skillet


Bordelaise Sauce is named for the Bordeaux region in France because Bordeaux is famous for its wine and this red wine sauce is classically made with Bordeaux wine. However, you can use any dry red wine in this recipe. There’s no need to worry about getting an expensive bottle just to make the bordelais.



  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large saucepan over medium heat. Then add in the shallots, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until the shallots have softened.
  • Pour in the red wine, then add the bay leaf, and thyme. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined and bring them to a boil.
  • Continue to cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about 2/3rds. There should be 1/2 cup of liquid left behind.
  • Once the liquid has reduced, add in the beef broth and bring the ingredients to a low boil again.
  • Continue cooking for 15-20 minutes until there is about 1 cup of the mixture left.
  • Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to strain out the shallots and larger ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients back into a saucepan or skillet.
  • Keep the sauce over low heat until serving so it stays warm. If you put it over too high of heat the sauce will thicken, so keep it low.

Bordelaise Sauce over filet on steak


  • Red wine replacements: Although this sauce is classically made with red wine, there are some ingredient replacements you can try if you don’t have or don’t want to use red wine. Try using apple juice, ginger ale, cranberry juice, chicken stock, or red wine vinegar.
  • Add-ins: There are so many delicious add-ins you can try mixing into this great recipe. Peppercorn sauce is a classic sauce to serve over the top of steak so try adding peppercorn to this sauce. You could also add in some minced garlic, chopped green onion, and a sprig of oregano. For some sweetness in the wine sauce mix in a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Bordelaise Sauce in skillet before reducing

  • Mushroom Sauce: Try adding mushrooms to this brown sauce. You can both add sliced mushrooms to the mixture, and use the liquid from canned mushroom. You can use the mushroom sauce in place of half of or all of the wine in the recipe.



  • Serve: Don’t leave Bordelaise Sauce at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
  • Store: You can store Classic Bordelaise Sauce for up to a weak in the fridge. Be sure to reheat it slowly on the stovetop.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Bordelaise Sauce for up to a month. Let it cool to room temperature then put the red wine sauce in a freezer bag or other airtight container. When you’re ready to reheat the sauce let it thaw in the fridge, then reheat it in a small saucepan.

Bordelaise Sauce after reduction with filet

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Bordelaise Sauce

Bordelaise Sauce is a classic, rich French sauce to serve over beef tenderloin made with red wine, shallots, beef broth, butter, and minced thyme.
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Keyword Bordelaise Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 117 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , divided
  • 1 shallot , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons thyme , minced
  • 1 1/3 cups red wine , 1 bottle, we used Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 cups beef broth


  1. To a large saucepan add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, shallots, salt, and pepper and cook on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until softened.

  2. Add in bay leaf, thyme, and red wine.
  3. Whisk well then bring to boil.
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid is reduced by 2/3rds, leaving 1/2 cup of liquid behind.

  5. Add in beef broth and bring to a low boil and cook for 15-20 minutes until the final mixture is about 1 cup.

  6. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and add back to a clean saucepan or skillet.
  7. Keep warm until serving (do not leave on high heat or it will thicken too much).
Nutrition Facts
Bordelaise Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 299mg13%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 286IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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