Au jus is a French cooking term that means “with juice”. It means that meat is served with its natural juices that form a natural, thin gravy or dipping sauce. It is most commonly found in French cuisine.
Au jus refers to beef or any meat dishes that are prepared or served along with light gravy or bouillon that is made from all the fluids that dripped out of the meat while it was being cooked.
Serving meat au jus is one of the natural ways to enhance the flavor of meat and sauces. It beautifully enhances chicken dishes because most chicken has a mild taste, or it can be used with veal and lamb as well.
Lovers of French cuisine prefer to have most of their meat dishes au jus.
How To Make Au Jus Without Beef Broth?
Recipe For Jus Without Beef Broth
Beef Jus Gravy
This recipe is perfect for a French dip sandwich. The preparation time of this recipe is 5 minutes and the cooking time requires about 10 minutes. The total time required to prepare the recipe is 15 minutes.
The recipe requires a few simple steps that are outlined below.
- Take a saucepan and bring some beef stock to the boil over high heat.
- Turn down the heat to medium-low and whisk the beef base.
- Add a little Worcestershire sauce (about a tablespoon depending on how much beef stock you have) along with a little crushed garlic, salt, and pepper.
- To make a thick gravy, add corn starch that has been mixed into a thin slurry with a little water.
- Check your seasoning. Your beef jus gravy without beef broth is ready to be served hot.
Substitute for Beef Broth
It’s okay if you don’t want to use beef broth! Beef broth is made from an extract that is made by boiling meat and bones in water for a long time to extract the flavor.
There are various substitutes for it. A lot of popular beef recipes call for beef broth, however, there are good substitutes that can work well in all your daily recipes. We have mentioned below a few substitutes for beef broth.
1. Beef Stock
If using beef is not a problem for you then you can switch between beef broth and beef stock. Both of these ingredients taste almost the same, however, the difference is majorly in the extracting materials.
Beef stock is made by boiling together vegetables such as carrots, onions and celery and beef bones. Most people who run out of beef broth, use beef stock because it is the best replacement for beef broth in any recipe.
Bouillon cubes are also beef extracts but in a different state. Beef broth exists in a liquid form while bouillon cubes are found as a dried extract in cube form.
You can use bouillon cubes by dissolving them in a cup of water. This can replace a cup of beef broth in any recipe if one cube is dissolved in one cup of water. Bouillon cubes tend to be salty so do not add extra salt.
These cubes of beef bouillon are concentrated to give an enhanced taste when they are dissolved in water.
However, if you are trying to maintain a purely vegan meal, then you can use vegetable broth, which tastes a little bit different but is still a great vegan replacement for beef broth.
Vegetable bouillon cubes are also available.
We hope this post has helped you to make your au jus recipe even though you did not have any beef broth. Let us know how it goes!