Incredible Red Wine Sauce for Steak

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This is an incredible Red Wine Sauce for Steak that can be made in less than 20 minutes! Whether you call it red wine jus or red wine reduction, it’s the perfect enhancement to your steak dinner!

This red wine jus requires just three ingredients and can even be prepared in advance. Enjoy it with a glass of the same red wine you choose to cook with – an elegant meal for any night of the week.

steak with red wine sauce and green beans on white plate

I love a great steak… be it steak on the grill or steak on the stove. It’s so easy to make, and yet feels like something truly special.

We try to make dinner at home feel like special occasions sometimes, whether we’re entertaining or just enjoying a date night in. Sometimes it’s homemade pasta, but we often do a steak night because it’s so flexible and like we’re dining out on the town.

Nothing makes a steak feel more special than an enhancement. I rarely order a steak off the menu without adding one. Use my homemade steak seasoning and then add one little teaspoon of sauce for so much flavor.

I love entertaining, and especially having friends over for dinner. We try to host a dinner party every couple of months, and of course, this recipe is on the menu for dinner this month.

Sometimes hosting a dinner party can be overwhelming, but these Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party will make it all so easy!

bottle of red wine, stick of butter, shallot on marble countertop

Why You’ll Love Red Wine Jus

  • Ready in less than 20 minutes
  • Bursting with rich flavor
  • Enhances steak making it feel special
  • Drink the rest of the wine bottle!

Red Wine Sauce Ingredients

  • Butter – Of course! This is the base of just about any homemade or restaurant-style pan sauce.
  • Shallots – The delicate onion flavor turns the red wine sauce into something incredible!
  • Pinot Noir – One of my favorite wines to enjoy over a light weeknight meal or dinner with friends. It is the best red wine for steak sauce since because of its bold flavor. It is a fragrant and easy-to-drink wine that will go perfect with your steak dinner!

Variations

  • Add fresh herbs during the last five minutes of cooking for more flavor- thyme, rosemary and oregano all work beautifully.
  • Add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to your red wine sauce for another layer of flavor.
red wine sauce cooking in skillet with wooden spoon

How to Make Red Wine Jus

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce for 15 minutes, scraping the sides until slightly syrupy.
  3. Serve on top of steak and enjoy with a glass of wine!

Red Wine Jus Serving Suggestions

  • Serve on top of steak for an incredible treat.
  • Add on top of chicken, pork or short ribs, too.
red wine just being spooned on top of steak with green beans on white plate

Shortcuts

  • Make this red wine sauce for steak in up to two days ahead to save time!
  • In fact, you can make a large batch and freeze. Use the 1x2x3x tab on the printable recipe card to easily convert to a larger amount.
Can you make red wine jus in advance?

Absolutely! Make it up to two days in advance and store in an airtight container. Simply warm on the stove or even in the microwave when it’s time to serve.

What is a jus in cooking?

It’s simply the French term for “juice”. It generally refers to a sauce or gravy added to meats in cooking.

How Do You Thicken Red Wine Sauce?

You may read other red wine sauce recipes that call for a thickener, such as cornstarch or arrowroot, but I find this to be unnecessary. Ultimately, it simply makes the red wine sauce too thick.

For the best results, bring the wine to a boil over medium heat, then reduce and simmer for 15 minutes. The result is a silky smooth and slightly syrupy sauce with incredible flavor!

steak with red wine gravy and green beans on white plate

Tips

  • Pick the perfect cut of meat from the butcher. The higher quality cuts will give you a more tender, flavorful steak.
  • Season the steak before cooking. If you have time, let the meat sit with the seasoning for a while before cooking to allow the spices to soak in.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure you’re cooking the meat to the temperature of your liking.

The steak will continue to cook a little once you take it off the grill. I like mine to a perfect medium-rare, about 145 degrees, so I pull it off the grill at 140 degrees.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – for up to two hours before refrigerating.
  • Refrigerate – in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Freeze – in an airtight container for up to three months.

How to Serve

One of the reasons we love steak dinners is because of the flexibility! Steak is delicious with a variety of sides.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

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Incredible Red Wine Sauce for Steak

Author: Julie Blanner
An incredible Red Wine Sauce for Steak that can be made in less than 20 minutes! Whether you call it red wine jus or red wine gravy, its the perfect enhancement to your meal! Enjoy it with a glass of the same red wine you choose to cook with – an elegant weeknight meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • ¾ cup Pinot Noir

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add wine and bring to a boil. Reduce for 15 minutes, scraping the sides until slightly syrupy.
  • Serve on top of steak.

Notes

Enjoy with a glass of the same wine you choose to cook with!

To Store

  • At Room Temperature – for up to two hours before refrigerating.
  • Refrigerate – in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Freeze – in an airtight container for up to three months.

Nutrition

Calories:117kcalCarbohydrates:2gProtein:1gFat:9gSaturated Fat:5gCholesterol:23mgSodium:77mgPotassium:21mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:266IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:3mgIron:1mg
5 from 1 vote
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