How to Make a Pan Sauce

Creating a pan sauce is simple and it can add flavor and sophistication to your plate. All you’ll need is meat, aromatics, a liquid ingredient and real butter.

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Step 1

Add butter to your pan before searing your choice of meat over medium-high heat. Avoid using a nonstick pan, as you’ll need the browned bits from the meat to create a flavorful base.

Step 2

If the pan seems dry, add more butter then turn down the heat. Now, add your aromatics, like garlic, onions or spices. Stir until the veggies are softened.

Step 3

Deglaze the pan using a liquid of choice. Broth, wine or water work well! Then, simmer the mixture and scrape up anything at the bottom of the pan. Stir until the liquid has reduced and thickened.

Step 4

Once the liquid is reduced, take it off the heat and stir in another few tablespoons of butter. This will give your sauce a smooth, creamy consistency with a glossy finish. Finally, season and serve with your cooked meat for an easy and elegant dinner!