How to Make Roux

If you plan on making any soups or sauces, you definitely should learn how to make roux.

A roux recipe is made from equal parts of flour and fat, which is cooked on a pan over low heat.

There are three types, or stages, of roux: white, blonde and brown. The white and blonde roux is used for white sauces and white soups. The brown roux is used for dark sauces and dark soups. Today we’re making a blonde roux, which you can use in a variety of soups and sauces, including my creamy potato soup recipe.

To make a brown roux, cajun roux or gumbo roux, you should use pork fat instead of butter. You also need to cook it until it reaches a dark brown, which could take up to 50 minutes.

Roux is used to make the famous French Bechamel Sauce.
How to Make Roux

How to Make Roux

Chef Jason Hill shows you how to make roux, a recipe used to thicken soups and sauces, in this episode of "Chef Tips." There are three types, or stages, of roux: white, blonde and brown. The white and blonde roux is used for white sauces and white soups, while the brown roux is used for dark sauces and dark soups.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Add butter to a frying pan preheated on low. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Add flour in stages in case it gets too thick.
  • After about 5 minutes, you’ll notice a nutty aroma. Set the roux aside at room temperature while you begin preparing your soup or sauce.

Video

Notes

To make a brown roux, Cajun roux or gumbo roux, you should use pork fat instead of butter. You also need to cook it until it reaches a dark brown, which could take up to 50 minutes. Thickens 2-4 quarts of soup or sauce.
Keyword roux, sauces, soups

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