Red Wine Pan Sauce

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

10 minutes


1/2 cup

A good pan sauce adds dimension of flavor to meat and poultry dishes. This red wine sauce complements any red meat.


  • 3 cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves only, chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a cast iron or stainless steel pan over high heat until hot. Sear steak for 2-4 minutes per side or until desired doneness. When steak is nearing finish, add sliced mushrooms. Once steak is ready, take it out of the pan and let it rest while completing pan sauce.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp. of butter to mushrooms in skillet and scrape up residual steak, or fond, left in bottom of pan. Add shallot and salt, and saute until mushrooms are browned.
  3. Slowly add half of wine and deglaze the pan by scraping up any remaining fond. Be careful as alcohol can cause a flame to rise. Add remaining wine and beef stock, and let the sauce reduce for 10-15 minutes, until syrupy in consistency.
  4. Add the remaining butter, turn off heat and stir to incorporate. Do not overheat the sauce at this point or the sauce will break. Add the thyme and spoon sauce over rested steak.

Serving Suggestion

Red wine pan sauces complement any red meat. Heartier meats such as roasts are complemented by pan sauces using Cabernet, Merlot or Zinfandel. Avoid using wine that has been aged with oak. Serve pan sauces immediately and discard unused portion.

Tips & Notes

Learn how to make delicious pan sauces and watch Johnny Livesay make this recipe in this Co+op Kitchen video.

Nutritional Information

Per 2 tablespoons: 165 Calories, 6 g. fat, 15 mg. cholesterol, 126 mg. sodium, 5 g. carbohydrates, 0 g. fiber, 2 g. protein