Deliciously Impressive: Red Wine Sauce Recipe

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to one of the finest things in life: steak with red wine sauce. These two things are simply made for each other, and I implore you to give this recipe a try. There are few things in life as heavenly as a juicy steak done to perfection, paired with an indulgent red wine sauce that complements meaty flavors like no other.

This dish is not just a meal–it’s an experience. The aroma of the savory sauce as it simmers on the stovetop will awaken your senses, and the rich flavor will tantalize your taste buds. It’s a sensory symphony that you won’t soon forget.

In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through the steps to make the perfect red wine sauce for your steak. Whether you’re cooking for your family at home or hosting a dinner party with friends, this recipe will impress any palate. So dust off your apron and let’s get started on creating a masterpiece that is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Red Wine Sauce for Steak
Red Wine Sauce for Steak

Are you looking for a way to take your steak to the next level? Look no further than this red wine sauce recipe! The rich, bold flavors of the dry red wine and shallot meld perfectly with the buttery texture of your steak, creating an unforgettable dining experience.

What’s not to love about a mouth-watering, savory steak sauce made from simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen? This recipe is easy to make and can be whipped up in minutes, yet it feels like a gourmet dish that will impress even the most discerning dinner party guests.

Not only is this red wine sauce delicious, but it also pairs perfectly with a wide range of cuts of beef. Whether you have a hearty ribeye or a buttery tenderloin, this sauce will add an extra layer of depth and flavor to your steak.

Additionally, this sauce allows for endless customization. Use a full-bodied red like Cabernet Sauvignon for a bolder taste or Pinot Noir for a more nuanced flavor. Add in some minced garlic or mushrooms to make it even more complex. The possibilities are endless!

Overall, if you want to elevate your steak game and impress your taste buds, there’s no better way than with this amazing red wine sauce recipe. Give it a try and get ready to fall in love with your steak all over again.

Ingredient List

 A rich and flavorful sauce to elevate your steak game
A rich and flavorful sauce to elevate your steak game

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients needed to make this delightful red wine sauce for steak:

Ingredients 1

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup dry red wine (such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh thyme sprigs

Ingredients 2

  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

These ingredients are easy to find and will give you the perfect combination of flavors to enhance your steak. Make sure to get a high-quality dry red wine, as it is the base of this recipe. Bon appétit!

The Recipe How-To

 Perfectly complementing the tenderness of the steak
Perfectly complementing the tenderness of the steak

Step 1: Cook the Steak

Before you jump into making the red wine sauce, cook your favorite cut of steak to your liking. For best results, I recommend using a cast iron skillet to get that perfect sear on your steak. Once cooked, transfer the steak to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into it. Don’t discard those flavorful steak drippings in the pan, we will use them later for our sauce.

Step 2: Sauté the Shallot

In the same pan you cooked your steak, add 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté one peeled and minced shallot for about 2 minutes over medium heat. Shallots are milder than onions and have a subtle sweetness that complements the wine reduction perfectly.

Step 3: Add the Red Wine

Pour 1 cup of dry red wine (I recommend using full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir) into the pan with the shallots and turn up the heat to medium-high. Choose a good quality wine that you would enjoy drinking as it makes a huge difference in flavor. Let the wine cook down by half, stirring occasionally.

Step 4: Add Beef Stock, Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Thyme

Add 1 cup of beef stock to the pan along with 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. The beef stock adds richness to the sauce while balsamic provides a sweet-tartness that balances out the flavors. The thyme adds earthiness and pairs beautifully with red meat

Step 5: Simmer and Reduce

Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until it has reduced by half. This allows all the flavors to meld together into a delicious wine reduction sauce.

Step 6: Strain and Finish

Once the sauce has thickened and is reduced to the desired amount, remove it from the heat and strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids. This presents a silky smooth sauce with no lumps or chunks. Then add 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl it in the sauce until it has melted completely. This gives our sauce a buttery texture and a rich flavor.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy!

Pour the red wine sauce over your cooked steak and enjoy! This recipe yields enough for about 4 servings so feel free to store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Pro tip: Use this flavorful sauce on other meats like beef tenderloin, bistro steak, ribeye steak, or even filet mignon. Your guests will be impressed with your culinary skills!

Substitutions and Variations

 A must-try recipe for all red wine lovers
A must-try recipe for all red wine lovers

There are plenty of ways to mix up this delicious red wine sauce recipe to suit your tastes.

One variation is to switch up the type of red wine you use. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are both great choices for this recipe – Cabernet Sauvignon has a bold flavor that pairs well with steaks, while Pinot Noir is a lighter option that won’t overpower the dish.

If you don’t have shallots on hand, you could use onion instead. Simply swap out the minced shallot for 1 tablespoon of chopped onion at the beginning of the recipe.

For a mushroom twist, try adding sliced mushrooms to the pan along with the garlic and shallots. Cook them until they’re tender and have released some of their liquid, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written. This mushroom sauce is a perfect pairing for beef tenderloin or filet mignon.

Another variation is to add some fresh herbs or spices to your sauce – rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves are all good options. You could also add a sprinkling of dried chili flakes if you like things spicy.

Finally, if you want to make this sauce vegetarian, simply substitute vegetable stock for beef stock in the recipe. It may not have quite the same depth of flavor, but it will still taste delicious drizzled over cooked vegetables or served alongside a vegetarian protein source like tofu.

Regardless of which variations you choose to make, this red wine sauce recipe will add depth and richness to any steak dish.

Serving and Pairing

 An easy way to impress your dinner guests
An easy way to impress your dinner guests

Once you have prepared the mouthwatering red wine sauce, it’s time to serve it and pair it with a delicious dish. The red wine sauce is a perfect companion for steak dishes, adding depth and richness to the meat. You can enjoy it with beef tenderloin or ribeye steak, bistro steak, or a juicy filet mignon. The sauce is so versatile that it will bring out the best in any cut of steak.

To get the most out of this red wine sauce, I recommend pairing it with a full-bodied red wine. A Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon will complement the flavors of this savory sauce perfectly. Additionally, if you are looking for a vegetarian option, you can also use the sauce as a dressing for roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts or asparagus.

If you want to add another layer of flavor to your dish, you could also consider serving your steak with some sautéed mushrooms or herb-roasted potatoes. These side dishes will create an ideal balance of flavors in your meal.

When plating up your dish, generously pour the thickened wine reduction over the cooked steak resting on a plate. Spoon any remaining liquid on top of the meat before serving. You could even sprinkle some chopped fresh herbs over it for added fragrance.

In conclusion, the red wine sauce is a must-try recipe that will take your steak dinner to new heights – allowing you to savor every moment with each delightful bite. No matter what kind of meat dish you cook up next time, don’t forget to try this easy-to-make yet delicious sauce recipe and impress your loved ones at your next dinner party or simple home-cooked meal

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of tangy and savory flavors
The perfect balance of tangy and savory flavors

You can make this red wine sauce for steak recipe ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to four days. This is an ideal solution if you’re preparing a large meal or hosting a party – as it will save you time on the day of.

To store the sauce, let it cool down at room temperature and then transfer it to an airtight container. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat the sauce on medium heat in a small pot or saucepan until it’s hot.

The trick with reheating is that you need to do so slowly, and over low heat. If you try to reheat this sauce too fast or at too high a temperature, it can cause the wine reduction to break up and become runny. So take your time and be patient when reheating.

As with most sauces, the flavor often deepens when left overnight, so this is even more reason to make ahead if possible. When making ahead, I suggest only finishing the recipe until step 4 (before adding the butter) and waiting to add the butter until just before serving.

Now that you know how to make and store this delicious red wine sauce for steak recipe – give it a try! It’s a foolproof way to elevate any steak dish from mundane to gourmet.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A sauce that takes your steak from good to great
A sauce that takes your steak from good to great

To achieve a perfect wine reduction sauce for your steak, you need to have the right tools and follow some important tips. Here are some of my suggestions:

1. Use a quality dry red wine

The wine you use for your sauce can make or break the final outcome. Choose a dry red wine that you would also drink with your meal. Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are excellent options that pair well with beef. A full-bodied wine will give your sauce more depth and flavor.

2. Don’t rush the reduction process

Reducing wine takes time and patience, but the results are worth it. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon when done. Rushing this process can lead to a thin and watery sauce.

3. Use shallots instead of onions

Shallots have a milder flavor than onions, making them an excellent choice for sauces. They also have a higher concentration of natural sugars, which will help caramelize and enhance the flavor of your sauce.

4. Don’t overheat the pan

When reducing the wine with shallots, don’t let the mixture boil vigorously as it will cause the alcohol to evaporate rapidly, leaving behind bitterness from the tannins in the wine.

5. Swirl in butter at the end

Adding cold butter to your reduction sauce not only makes it shine, but it also adds an extra layer of richness to your dish.

By following these tips, you can create a balanced and flavorful red wine reduction sauce that perfectly compliments any cut of steak.


As you prepare this delicious red wine sauce for your steak, you may have some questions about the recipe. In this section, I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions to ensure that you get the best results possible. From ingredient substitutions to pairing suggestions, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive in!

What wine is best for steak wine sauce?

When it comes to making red wine sauce, my recommendation would be to go for a dry red wine that has a subtle hint of sweetness. The full-bodied options such as cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, or merlot are ideal as they give the sauce a velvety consistency. Additionally, these types of wines complement the flavors of your meal seamlessly.

What is a good red wine to make sauce with?

When it comes to pairing wine with food, the type of protein you’re cooking can make a significant difference in the flavor. If you’re preparing beef, lamb, or stew, it’s best to go with either Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir to complement the rich and bold taste of these meats. On the other hand, if you’re cooking chicken, duck, or pork, a glass of Merlot will do the trick. For seafood dishes, selecting a Pinot Noir will enhance the flavors. And if you’re cooking up vegetables or sauce, a light Merlot or Chianti will make a perfect pairing.

What is the best steak sauce?

As a sommelier, I am well-versed in all things wine, but I also know a thing or two about the art of pairing food with steak sauces. There are a handful of classic brands that come to mind, each with their own unique flavor profile and history. Peter Luger Steak Sauce, Lea & Perrins Bold Steak Sauce, A-1 Steak Sauce, Primal Kitchen Organic Steak Sauce and Marinade, Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce, Delmonicos Classic 1837 Steak Sauce, Heinz 57, and Shula’s Special No. 347 all have something to offer when it comes to adding a little extra something to your steak. Let’s take a closer look at what makes each one special.

First up, we have Peter Luger Steak Sauce. Known for its rich flavor and creamy texture, this sauce is a classic choice for any steak dinner. Made with a blend of fresh horseradish, spices, and Worcestershire sauce, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a thick, juicy steak.

Another classic option is Lea & Perrins Bold Steak Sauce. This sauce is made with a blend of natural flavors, including garlic and tamarind, that add a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to your steak. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to add a little kick of flavor without overpowering the natural taste of the meat.

If you’re looking for a sauce with a little more sweetness, A-1 Steak Sauce is a great choice. Made with tomato puree, raisin paste, and a blend of spices, it has a fruity and slightly smoky flavor that complements the savory taste of steak.

For those looking for an organic option, Primal Kitchen Organic Steak Sauce and Marinade is a great choice. Made with organic balsamic vinegar, organic herbs and spices, and organic dates, it’s a great way to add a natural and wholesome flavor to your steak.

Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce is another classic option that has been around for decades. Made with a blend of tomato paste, vinegar, and spices, it has a tangy and slightly sweet taste that is perfect for grilled meats, including steak.

If you’re looking for a sauce with a bit of history behind it, look no further than Delmonicos Classic 1837 Steak Sauce. This sauce was created by the famous Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City back in the 1800s and has been a beloved steak sauce ever since. Made with a blend of tomato, Worcestershire sauce, and spices, it has a classic taste that is perfect for any steak dinner.

Heinz 57 is another classic sauce, known for its tangy and slightly sweet taste. Made with tomato paste, vinegar, and a blend of spices, it’s a versatile sauce that can be used on a variety of meats, including steak.

Lastly, we have Shula’s Special No. 347, a sauce that was created by NFL coach Don Shula for his chain of steakhouses. Made with a blend of tomatoes, garlic, and spices, it has a slightly sweet and smoky flavor that is perfect for grilled meats.

No matter which sauce you choose, remember that the key is to find a sauce that complements, rather than overpowers, the natural taste of the steak. Happy pairing!

How do you thicken red wine steak sauce?

When preparing a dish with a red wine and stock base, it’s important to give the flavors time to develop. Allow the mixture to simmer until it has reduced by half, which will concentrate the flavors and create a rich, savory sauce. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add a bit of flour while simmering. Once the sauce has reached your desired thickness, remove it from the heat and add a generous amount of butter, garlic, and fragrant rosemary. Take a taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. This sauce will add a depth of flavor that perfectly complements a hearty meal.

What is the best red wine to cook steak with?

When it comes to cooking steaks, two red wines that work exceptionally well are Syrah/Shiraz and Zinfandel. Their sweetness can balance out the bold flavors in steak recipes, making for a perfect pairing.

How to make wine sauce after cooking the steak?

As a sommelier, I suggest reserving a tablespoon of the steak drippings from your cooked steak and heating the pan over medium heat. To this pan, you can add a rich red wine, savory beef stock, tangy balsamic vinegar, and some fresh thyme sprigs to create a delicious sauce. Allow this mixture to slowly reduce, thickening over 3 to 5 minutes. Once thickened, be sure to remove the thyme from the sauce and lower the heat to keep it warm. This sauce will perfectly complement your steak and elevate the flavors to new heights.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this red wine sauce recipe for steak is a perfect addition to any home cook’s arsenal. With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can elevate your steak dinner to the next level. The rich and flavorful red wine reduction brings out the best in any type of steak, from bistro steak to filet mignon.

Not only is this sauce delicious, but it is also versatile. You can customize it by using different types of red wine to complement the flavors of your chosen steak. Additionally, it can be adjusted to fit any taste preferences by adding more or less butter, garlic, or shallots.

Furthermore, this red wine sauce is not only a tasty accompaniment to your steak, but it also adds an element of sophistication to your meal. Impress your dinner guests with this restaurant-quality sauce that is easy to make at home.

Overall, I highly recommend trying out this red wine sauce recipe for steak. It will not disappoint and is sure to become a staple in your cooking repertoire. So grab a bottle of your favorite dry red wine and get cooking!

Red Wine Sauce for Steak

Red Wine Sauce for Steak Recipe

A quick, easy sauce that enhances any steak.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Servings 2 cups
Calories 118.6 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef gravy or 1/2 cup beef gravy


  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the shallots and cook briefly.
  • Add the red wine and cook 30 seconds until reduced somewhat.
  • Add the brown gravy or beef gravy and reduce by 1/3.
  • Once boiling remove from heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 71gCalories: 118.6kcalCarbohydrates: 2.6gProtein: 1.3gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 5.8gCholesterol: 23.8mgSodium: 225.9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, European, Low Protein, Sauces
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