Burgundy Butter Sauce

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 cup

Appears in

America's Best Chefs Cook with Jeremiah Tower

America's Best Chefs Cook with Jeremiah Tower

By Jeremiah Tower

Published 2003

  • About

Patrick uses this on his Filet Mignon of Rare Tuna with Foie Gras but it is wonderful also on any poached or grilled fish, as well as on poached eggs and chicken breasts.


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 1 shallot, peeled, cut in half
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 8 tablespoons cold salted butter (1 stick), cut into 8 pieces
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


Combine the red wine, shallot, and vinegar in a nonreactive heavy saucepan and simmer over low heat until reduced to a syrupy consistency.

Slowly incorporate the cold butter into the sauce while simmering, stirring with a wooden spoon and adding one piece of butter at a time; add the next piece when the previous one has just melted into the sauce.

Remove the shallot and season the sauce. Keep warm until needed.

Tuna lends itself very well to some of the same methods of cooking as beef. This preparation could confuse a blindfolded cowboy into thinking he was biting into a succulent steak.

Patrick O’Connell