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Easy Homemade Au Jus Recipe

This Easy Homemade Au Jus Reicpe is the best way to enjoy a made with love French Dip Sandwich. It takes minutes to make and will take your French Dip to the next level!

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, French
Keyword au jus, beef, French Dip, hot sauce, sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 cups cold water or leftover juice from roast, drained of fat
  • 3 tablespoons beef base (Better Than Bouillon)*
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in the beef base, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic and pepper.

  3. Pour 1/4 cup of cold water into a measuring cup. Add 1 teaspoon cornstarch and whisk until smooth. Add to simmering broth mixture in pan. Whisk, turn up heat to medium high.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon butter to hot au jus, whisk until melted. Serve while hot.

Recipe Notes

  • Better than Bouillon beef base is sold at grocery stores and Costco and stored in refrigerator after opening. If this brand is not available, I recommend using Beef Consomme in cans (sold near canned soup) to equal 24 oz. Beef granules or beef bouillon cubes may also be used. 
  • Use dark balsamic, not white balsamic for this recipe.
  • The Au Jus may be made up to 5 days in advance.