Lessons > How to Make Pan Sauce

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Lesson Overview

Pan sauces are à la minute sauces made in the same pan in which ingredients, especially meats, have been sautéed, seared or pan-fried. Wise cooks know that the tasty brown bits, also known as sucs, that are left on the bottom of a pan, are as good as gold. By learning how to take advantage of these delicious, caramelized bits, you will be able to create quick and highly flavourful pan sauces, which will take each dish that you make to a whole new level.

In this lesson, we will show you how to properly develop sucs and how to utilize them to build delicious pan sauces.

We will also show you how to integrate your own personal twists to build both simple and complex sauces with many layers of flavor. You will learn how to safely and properly deglaze the pan and how to achieve the proper sauce consistency. We will also show you how to enrich and finish pan sauces in order to balance their flavor and give them a beautiful, glossy sheen.

Knowing how to make a delicious pan sauce is one of the differences between an average cook and a skilled chef. That is why the saucier station in any high-end restaurant is a well respected and often sought after position.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • explain what sucs are and why they are important to a pan sauce
  • understand how to develop sucs properly
  • understand how to build flavors in a pan sauce
  • understand the proper deglazing technique
  • determine how far to reduce a pan sauce
  • know how to enrich and finish a pan sauce

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: How to Make Pan Sauce 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Developing the Sucs for Pan Sauces 3 mins
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4. Adding Mirepoix to Pan Sauces 2 mins
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5. Deglazing Pan Sauces 4 mins
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6. Adding & Reducing Stock for Pan Sauces 2 mins
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7. Enriching Pan Sauces 2 mins
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8. Finishing Touches for Pan Sauces 2 mins
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9. Practice Activity 45 mins
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10. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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11. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 5 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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