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Madeira Sauce Recipe
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Madeira Sauce Recipe

A Great Sauce Featuring Madeira Wine
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: French
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 oz butter or 1/4 stick
  • 3 tablespoons shallots finely chopped
  • ½ pound mushrooms white or crimini, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon black cracked peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¾ cup Madeira wine
  • 1 cup demi glace
  • ¼ cup heavy cream optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Once hot, add butter and then the shallots.
  • Sauté the shallots until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture and become tender. This should take about 3 minutes.
  • Add the peppercorns, thyme and bay leave to the sauce pan and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Now, add the red wine and reduce by half. This could take 3 - 5 minutes.
  • Add the Madeira wine and bring the sauce to a boil. As soon as the wine comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Add the demi glace to the sauce and whisk until well blended together.
  • Add the optional heavy cream if you are using it. Will add some extra richness as well as calories.
  • Reduce this sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Serve over your favorite meats and poultry.