Red Wine Sauce For Steak: Quick Simple Recipes

Last Updated on by Rohit the Great

Making a red wine sauce for steak is always a great idea.

Red meat and wine are good friends. Pan drippings, the remainders of burnt steak particles and juices which you see in the skillet after pan-earing, will fortify the flavor and take your red wine sauce to the next level.

This brings me to the following question…


How To Make Simple Red Wine Sauce For Steak?

As I mentioned above, the simplest (and most delicious) way of cooking any sauce (not just red wine) is after you finished searing the steak on the stove.

Delicious pan drippings contribute to the sauce’s flavor and…you don’t need to wash extra skillet!

Some people wonder how to cook red wine sauce for steak, but the truth is – there is really no cooking involved.

The method is simple and honest: just add the ingredients and stir. I will come back to it below.


What Steak Is Red Wine Sauce Good For?

All of them. Be it braised beef, brisket, fillet, t-bone, flank, NY strip and even beef tongue! Sauce made from red wine is a great complement to any steak, so use it often.


Quick & Easy Recipe Of Red Wine Sauce For Steak

This homemade sauce is a simple addition to your otherwise perfectly cooked beef.

This recipe combines mushrooms and shallots, turning it into a simple but elegant bouquet of flavors.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 4 tbsp of butter (go organic grass-fed like Kerrygold)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon or shiraz red wine


  1. In the skillet (preferably with pan drippings from the steak you have just finished searing), add 1 tablespoon of butter with shallot and sliced mushrooms. Cook for 4 minutes at medium heat.
  1. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Pour in a cup of red wine and simmer on medium heat until the wine has evaporated by two thirds. You can increase the temperature slightly to speed up the process.
  3. Once you get there, add the rest – 3 tablespoons – of butter inside and check for flavor. Butter will help to thicken the sauce and add even more flavor – red wine and butter sauce for steak…ooh la la!

Pro Tip: While simmering, use a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen all the burnt steak bits – you want them in the sauce for more flavor!

  1. Cut the steak at 45-degree angle and serve the sauce with it. Enjoy!


Easy Red Wine Sauce For Steak Grill

The above sauce has a rich flavor, but it also has a high calorie and fat load.

What if you were looking for something lighter and healthier?

If this is the case, the next healthy low-fat red wine sauce recipe is for you. Not only it’s very simple, it has very few calories.


  • 1oz of cremini mushrooms from can
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup water


  1. In a pan heated to medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mushrooms. Gently cook them until they begin to brown.
  2. Mix water with wine and add the mixture into the pan.
  3. Simmer until sauce thickens.

Pro Tip: You can use a teaspoon or two of corn starch to thicken the sauce quicker, even though I avoid this technique.


Quick & Easy Red Wine and Peppercorn Sauce For Beef

As you can see, I like simple recipes that take no time. After all why would you make cooking complicated by adding tons of ingredients?!

Al you need:

  • 3 crushed garlic cloves minced
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp rainbow peppercorns, ground coarsely
  • 1 knob of butter
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ½ beef/chicken broth or water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Right after searing steak in the pan, add butter, garlic, rosemary sprigs and rainbow peppercorns inside. Gently sauté at medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Increase the temperature to medium-high and add wine. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth (or water) and simmer until the mixture is reduced by ½.
  4. Cut the steak across the grain and serve it with freshly cooked homemade red wine sauce with pepper.


Have you any sauce recipe with red wine to share? Drop it in the comments below!

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