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Au Jus is such a delicious addition to the perfect French Dip Sandwich, you’re going to love our easy beef dip recipe!

Au Jus is easy to make, even if you don’t have drippings from a roast lying around!I’ve come up with a fantastically simple Au Jus recipe that can be made with or without pan drippings! And, bonus? You can freeze it in small batches to pull out whenever you’re craving a tasty French Dip.

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We serve this beef dip with our famous French Dip Crescents and a side of Potato Wedges!

Au Jus

Au Jus Ingredients

  • Oil – I like a good full bodied olive oil to add to the flavor of the dish, but any vegetable oil or even bacon grease will do in a pinch.
  • Onion – My go-to for this recipe is red onion, but any mild sweet onion will do well.
  • Garlic – I’m a total cheater when it comes to garlic and use it from a jar. Fresh is great if you have it on hand though.
  • Wine – We use a mild white wine for this, but you can substitute red or even grape juice if you don’t want the alcohol.
  • Worcestershire sauce – A little bit of Worcestershire sauce really kicks up the flavor in this au jus recipe.
  • Beef broth – You can use fresh drippings for your beef broth or store bought stock or broth. Even bullion cubes will work.
  • Flour – Flour is used as a thickening agent if you like a little more body to your au jus. Alternatively, corn starch can also be used.

How do you make Au Jus

First, caramelize the onions in a small amount of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two more.

Next, deglaze the pot with white wine, then add Worcestershire sauce and cook for another minute, stirring constantly. Add beef broth and bring to a light boil.

Then, reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.

Finally, strain broth and then return it to pot. Add flour and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

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Frequently asked questions

What is au jus?

Au Jus is a French term meaning “with juice.” It describes the serving of red meat (often prime rib) with the drippings produced while the beef was cooking.

Commonly though, au jus is used to describe the beef broth dip served with French Dip sandwiches.

What is the difference between beef broth and au jus?

The difference between what we call an au jus sauce and beef broth is that “au jus” is the drippings from the meat being cooked, and beef broth is sometimes added.

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Preparation and storage

How do you thicken au jus

To thicken au jus, stir in a small amount of flour. You’ll want to make sure you continue to cook the sauce for a few minutes after you add the flour to make sure it doesn’t have a raw taste to it.

If you want a gluten free version, you can use corn starch or tapioca starch instead. Create a slurry with cold water and a small amount of the starch before pouring it in – this will prevent clumping.

Can you freeze au jus

You can freeze au jus to save for later. I like to pour my leftovers into an ice cube tray, then when it’s frozen solid, put the cubes in a labeled freezer bag.

Frozen au jus will stay good indefinitely if kept continuously frozen.

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Au Jus at Christmas

Can you guess what day of the year this recipe gets the most views? It’s Christmas! I guess everyone’s accidentally throwing out the roast juices and needing to make some au jus without it? I’m not sure, but I do love seeing that I’m able to help out with your holiday dinners!

Are you here on Christmas! Hi! Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! And if it’s not Christmas – well, Hi! Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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Serving suggestions

  • French Dip Crescents
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe
  • Prime Rib

More like Au Jus

  • Chimichurri
  • Roasted tomato salsa
  • Honey mustard recipe
  • Cilantro garlic sauce

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Tools we love

  • Fine mesh strainers – I use these in lots of recipes. One of my personal favorites is Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup!
  • Stainless pots & pans – We ditched non stick a few years ago and have never looked back. I know you’ll love this set as much as I do.
  • Small glass prep bowls – I use these as serving bowls for the dip too. Love them!

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How to make Au Jus

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Au Jus

Au Jus is such a delicious addition to the perfect French Dip Sandwich, you're going to love our Au Jus recipe!

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Course: Condiment

Cuisine: French

Keyword: au jus

Prep Time: 3 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 20kcal

Author: April Woods

Ingredients

  • olive oil just enough to saute
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced (I used jarred)
  • 1/8 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon flour optional

Instructions

  • Caramelize the onions in a small amount of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two more.

  • Deglaze the pot with white wine, then add Worcestershire sauce and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

  • Add beef broth and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.

  • Strain broth and then return it to pot. Add flour and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

  • Serve with French Dips and ENJOY!

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Notes

If you want a gluten free version, you can use corn starch or tapioca starch instead of flour. Create a slurry with cold water and a small amount of the starch before pouring it in – this will prevent clumping.

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Nutrition

Calories: 20kcal

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Making this during the holidays? Try our sugar cookie recipe too!

Recipe FAQS

What is au jus sauce made of?

Au jus sauce is made primarily of beef broth, often with the addition of onion, garlic, soy, Worcestershire and other complementary flavors.

Is au jus and beef broth the same thing?

Au jus and beef broth are not the same thing. Au jus has beef broth as a primary ingredient.

How long does au jus last?

Au jus will last 3 - 4 days in the refrigerator, or indefinitely in the freezer.

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FAQs

Easy AU JUS Without Pan Drippings - Mama Loves Food? ›

In practice, the jus is enhanced by deglazing the pan with stock and then simmering the liquid with mirepoix before straining and serving it. Au jus is generally -- but not always -- unthickened, which is what distinguishes it from a pan gravy.

What is the difference between pan jus and au jus? ›

In practice, the jus is enhanced by deglazing the pan with stock and then simmering the liquid with mirepoix before straining and serving it. Au jus is generally -- but not always -- unthickened, which is what distinguishes it from a pan gravy.

What is the difference between beef broth and au jus? ›

Beef broth is made by simmering beef bones, mirepoix (typically onion, carrots, and celery), hearty herbs, and spices in water, to extract flavor into the liquid. Au jus is basically beefed up beef broth. Amplify the savory flavor of beef broth by simmering it with drippings from roast beef (double beef flavor).

How do I thicken au jus? ›

Although au jus is not intended to be gravy, you can thicken the sauce by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe bowl, adding 1 tablespoon of flour, and whisking these together. Then, add about 2 tablespoons of the prepared au jus sauce to the butter-flour mixture.

What is the difference between brown gravy mix and au jus? ›

The main difference is that au jus is thin and light sauce, while gravy is substantially thicker thanks to roux. Both can be delicious sauces to serve with your favorite meat dishes, but au jus offers a lighter option that complements the beef rather than coating it.

What is a substitute for au jus mix? ›

Alternatively, you can use pre-made beef bouillon granules. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the beef bouillon granules (or crushed cubes), onion powder, dried parsley flakes, white pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt. Use a whisk or a fork to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly mixed.

What is au jus gravy mix made of? ›

Ingredients. MALTODEXTRIN, FOOD STARCH, HYDROLYZED SOY AND CORN PROTEIN, SALT, BEEF STOCK, ONION POWDER, BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, PALM OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF GARLIC POWDER, SOYBEAN OIL, CARAMEL COLOR, YEAST EXTRACT, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SPICES, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE), NATURAL FLAVORS.

Which is more flavorful beef stock or beef broth? ›

As a result, stock is usually a healthier product, delivering a richer mouth feel and deeper flavor than broth. Stock is a versatile culinary tool that can deliver taste to any number of dishes. Darker in color and more concentrated in flavor than broth, it's ideal for use in soups, rice, sauces and more.

What is a substitute for red wine in au jus? ›

The Best Substitute for Red Wine
  1. Alcohol-free red wine.
  2. Beef broth.
  3. Chicken broth.
  4. Red wine vinegar (use ½ vinegar and ½ water for similar flavor results)
  5. Cranberry juice*
  6. Pomegranate juice*
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What is Arby's au jus made of? ›

The main ingredients in Arby's Au Jus include beef broth, water, salt, modified corn starch, caramel color, hydrolyzed soy protein, and various seasonings. These ingredients come together to create the rich and flavorful sauce.

Is it better to make gravy with flour or cornstarch? ›

Browning adds more flavor to the gravy and gets rid of the raw flour taste. You're basically making a roux. We find that a flour-based gravy holds up better and reheats better later, which is why we tend to prefer using flour over cornstarch to make gravy unless we have a guest who is eating gluten-free.

How do Chinese restaurants thicken sauces? ›

Much like French food, which relies on a roux for a perfect bechamel sauce or beef bourguignon and involves butter cooked with flour, Chinese and Cantonese cuisines use cornstarch to thicken sauces. However, it's predominantly added at the end of the cooking process rather than at the start.

Is au jus the same as onion gravy? ›

Both may use pan drippings from the roast, but au jus is a light sauce, while the gravy is thickened using a roux. Make a roux to whisk into the sauce to make gravy from your au jus sauce.

Is pork gravy the same as au jus? ›

Au jus is basically a concentrated version of drippings, whereas gravy is the same thing, only it gets thickened using a roux or another type of thickening agent. In terms of flavor, the difference lies with the cook's personal preference for herbs and spices, which dictate how the meat drippings are seasoned.

What is the difference between au jus and French dip? ›

French dip, a sandwich traditionally consisting of sliced roast beef (though pork, ham, turkey, and lamb are sometimes used), served on French bread, and eaten au jus (“with juice,” referring to the flavourful drippings of the meat left over from roasting).

What is pan ju? ›

Pan jus, also known as pan sauce, is a flavorful sauce made by deglazing the pan in which meat has been cooked. It is created by combining the drippings from the cooked meat with liquid, such as stock or wine, and then reducing the mixture to create a rich and concentrated sauce.

What makes pan sauce different from other sauce? ›

The basis for pan sauces is the fond, or browned bits that stick to the bottom of your pan while you cook the protein. This rich brown coating will melt into your sauce and provide deep, rich flavors.

What is a pan sauce? ›

Pan sauces, as the name suggests, are made in the exact same pan you've used to sauté shrimp, sear a steak, or brown some onions. After cooking your meat, fish, or vegetables, those little leftover particles stuck to your pan's bottom—called the fond—transform into a silk smooth sauce in a process called deglazing.

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