Au jus

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Au jus
French dip.jpg
French dip beef sandwich, with bowl of jus for dipping
TypeSauce, broth
Place of originFrance

Au jus (French: [o ʒy]) is a French culinary term meaning "with juice". It refers to meat dishes prepared or served together with a light broth or gravy, made from the fluids secreted by the meat as it is cooked.[1] In French cuisine, cooking au jus is a natural way to enhance the flavour of dishes, mainly chicken, veal, and lamb. In American cuisine, the term is mostly used to refer to a light sauce for beef recipes, which may be served with the food or placed on the side for dipping.[2]

Ingredients and preparation[edit]

In order to prepare a natural jus, the cook may simply skim off the fat from the juices left after cooking and bring the remaining meat stock and water to a boil. Jus can be frozen for six months or longer, but the flavor may suffer after this time.[3]

Au jus recipes in the United States often use soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, white or brown sugar, garlic, beets, carrots, onions, or other ingredients to make something more like a gravy.[citation needed] The American jus is sometimes prepared separately, rather than being produced naturally by the food being cooked. An example could be a beef jus made by reducing beef stock to a concentrated form, (also known as Glace de Viande) to accompany a meat dish. It is typically served with the French dip sandwich.[citation needed]

Jus can also be made by extracting the juice from the original meat and combining it with another liquid e.g. red wine (thus forming a red wine jus).[citation needed]

A powdered product described as jus is also sold, and is rubbed into the meat before cooking or added afterwards. Powdered forms generally use a combination of salt, dried onion, and sometimes sugar as primary flavoring agents.[4]

Use as noun[edit]

In the United States, the phrase au jus is often used as a noun, owing to it having been corrupted in culinary references into the noun form:[5] rather than a "sandwich au jus", the menu may read "sandwich with au jus".[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "au jus, adj., adv., and n.", Oxford English Dictionary.
  2. ^ "Justin Quek: Passion & Inspiration", Justin Quek with Tan Su-Lyn, Bon Vivant Publishing Pte Ltd, 2006, Page 30
  3. ^ Labensky and Hause (1999), On Cooking, Prentice-Hall
  4. ^ "Au Jus Mix". American Spice.
  5. ^ Garner, Bryan A. (2000). The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style. Oxford University Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-19-513508-4. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  6. ^ Owens, Gene (November 1, 2009). "Don't put a la mode on your apple pie". Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "Food Name Redundancies". Serious Eats. Retrieved August 24, 2016.

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