Port Wine Demi-Glace Sauce Recipe

Port wine sauce on chicken on white plate
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
73 Calories
5g Fat
4g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 305mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Port is a fortified wine with a slightly sweet flavor, and it's often served as a dessert wine. Aging in wooden barrels imparts a nutty flavor, and together these complex qualities make it a wonderful wine for making sauces.

The simplest way to make a port wine sauce is by adding port wine to a basic demi-glace. It's an excellent accompaniment for roasts and steaks.

When you're cooking with wine, it's always a good idea to use a wine that you'd be willing to drink. In general, you should spring for the best quality wine you can afford. Cooking with wine involves reducing it, which concentrates and intensifies its flavors. Make sure that the flavors you're intensifying are good ones.


  • 1 pint demi-glace

  • 1/4 cup port wine

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Steps to Make It

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the demi-glace to a simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.​

  2. Stir in the wine and swirl in the butter. Serve right away.

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