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Demi-glace Recipe

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Demi-glace sauce

Demi-glace recipe.

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Demi-glace Recipe

Demi-glace (pronounced "demi-GLASS") is a rich and deeply flavorful sauce that is traditionally served with red meats. Demi-glace is made by reducing a mixture of half basic brown sauce and half brown stock.

Demi-glace is also the starting point for many so-called "small sauces" that are derived from the espagnole, such as the Robert and Marchand de Vin sauces.

For more flavor, you can add a sachet d'epices while reducing the demi-glace, but this is strictly optional.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups brown stock
  • 2 cups brown sauce (espagnole)
  • -------- For Optional Sachet: --------
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 fresh parsley stems


  1. Combine the brown sauce and the brown stock in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat to a simmer, add the sachet and reduce for about 20 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by half.

  3. Remove pan from heat and retrieve the sachet. Carefully pour the demi-glace through a wire mesh strainer lined with a piece of cheesecloth.
Makes about 1 pint of demi-glace.
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scrumcious!, Member Chriscrabtree2

This was exactly what I was looking for to go with my pork chops! It was a big hit with my family.

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