Simple Demi-glace

For 2 cups of demi-glace, you're going to need...

  • Ingredients
  • 4qt/l cold stock
  • Time
  • About 4 hours
  • Equipment
  • stockpot or dutch oven (3qt/l or larger)
  • saucepan (~2qt/l)


  • In a pot:
  • 4qt/l cold stock

Gently bring to a simmer for about 2 hours - checking frequently until reduced by half.

When the stock has reduced by half, transfer to the saucepan and bring to a simmer for about 2 hours — again, checking frequently.

Reduce by three quarters until there is about 2 cups left. If it over-reduces, it may scorch so be sure to keep an eye on it.

Strain through a colander lined with cheesecloth into a heat-resistant container and refrigerate until cool.

Use immediately or freeze indefinitely — ideally in an ice cube tray for easy portioning.