Homemade Au Jus Mix

Best Au Jus Mix

Au jus mix is a new family favorite at our house. I have been trying out lots of homemade mixes, and have found that there are so many different mixes you can make yourself that taste better than mixes from the store.

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Homemade mixes are less expensive too! Recently I was looking for an au jus mix to make for French Dip sandwiches to replace the McCormick mix I usually buy, and I found this great recipe for homemade au jus.


Easy au jus mix to make homemade au jus for your favorite french dip sandwich recipe! One of my favorite homemade mix recipes. One of my favorite homemade sauce recipes!


French Dip Au Jus


French Dip sandwiches are a great easy meal to make on nights when you don’t have very much time to make dinner. All you need are some hoagie rolls, sliced roast beef, and some au jus to dip the sandwich in.


According to Wikipedia, au jus is a French culinary term meaning “with juice.” It refers to “meat dishes prepared or served together with a light gravy, or broth, made from the juices given off by the meat as it is cooked.”


In the case of French dip sandwiches, however, au jus is usually made without beef drippings, especially if you are trying to use up leftover meat. People generally buy a store bought beef au jus mix from Walmart to prepare their au jus for French dip sandwiches.


Discover how to make your own au jus mix with our easy-to-follow recipe. Perfect for enhancing the flavor of your favorite roast beef or French dip sandwich, this homemade au jus mix is a must-have for any home cook. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a rich and flavorful sauce that will elevate any meal. Get started now and impress your guests with the delicious taste of homemade au jus!


French Dip Au Jus History


Two different Los Angeles restaurants apparently have claimed to have invented French dip sandwiches in the early 20th century. One claims to have invented them in 1908, and the other in 1918.


Regardless of the true inventor the French dip sandwich, it is apparent that dipping beef sandwiches in au jus is indeed an American tradition.


Even the best store bought au jus mix does not live up to a homemade mix. Here is an easy au jus without MSG you can make ahead of time to have on hand the next time you want to make French dip sandwiches.


Au Jus Mix Without MSG


Note: if you are looking for this recipe to be all natural and preservative free, most beef bouillon cubes contain MSG and/or other additives and preservatives.


Orrington Farms Beef Flavored Broth Base & Seasoning, 12 OunceOrrington Farms Beef Flavored Broth Base & Seasoning, 12 OunceOrrington Farms Beef Flavored Broth Base & Seasoning, 12 Ounce



If you are looking for an all natural alternative, Orrington offers beef flavored bouillon that is all natural and MSG and preservative free.


This brand costs (a little) more, but if you are looking for all natural alternatives, this may be what you are looking for. It is available at Amazon.


Gluten Free Au Jus Recipe


There are several different variations of this au jus mix recipe, but this recipe is gluten free! Some sauces are made with flour, but this corn starch based mix is gluten free.


Au Jus Mix Recipe


12 beef bouillon cubes (or 4 tbsp. beef bouillon granules)
4 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
4 tbsp. cornstarch


Place all of the above ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until the mixture turns into a fine powder. Store mix in an airtight jar or ziploc bag.


To prepare the au jus, mix 4 1/2 tsp. of the au jus mix with 2 cups water and heat in a medium sauce pan for about 15 minutes until heated and slightly thickened. Serve.


Note: 4 1/2 tsp. is equal to one McCormick french dip au jus packet that you would buy at Walmart.


If you are wondering if you can freeze au jus, yes you can! Just freeze any leftovers in freezer containers like these inexpensive freezer containers you can order from Amazon. Leftover au jus will also keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.


How to Thicken Au Jus


If you prepare your au jus and find it is a little too watery for your taste or you prefer a more gravy like texture, then just add a couple more teaspoons of cornstarch when preparing and heating the au jus.


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16 Comments on "Homemade Au Jus Mix"

  1. I am going to make this as soon as my budget allows.
    I love French Dip sandwiches but I am on a low carb eating plan for medical reasons. So what I do is make 2 Chaffles (search on Pinterest – tons of recipes) and pile on the deli roast beef. Then I make Au Jus to dip it in. It makes me feel like normal again!! Of course, I have been using the commercially made Au Jus mix or liquid from the store so after I get my pay check, I’ll be able to get the ingredients to make this myself. I am guessing that I will save a good amount of money!!


  2. I looked at the ingredients on the Orrington Farms Au Jus Mix. It has “natural flavor” and “yeast extract”, both of which are euphemisms for MSG.


  3. I use this recipe to make the Mississippi Pot Roast. It turns out perfect every time.
    I store the aux jous mix in a quart mason/ball jar.


  4. I enjoyed this recipe. When heating this up, I added a little bit of meat drippings and a drop or 2 of kitchen bouquet for color. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


  5. 2 beef bouillon cubes equal 4 TABLESPOONS of the granular version? I just want to make sure that is correct (and that it should not read 2 cubes equal 4 teaspoons). I use a granular/powder version of beef bouillon (that is gluten free) but that seems like a LOT. Please verify. Thank you!


    1. Hi! I’m not sure where you are seeing that? The recipe says that 12 bouillon cubes equals 4 tablespoons of the granular kind, so 3 bouillon cubes equals 1 tablespoon.


    1. Hi! I haven’t measured it, but 4 1/2 tsp. equals one packet of au jus mix. I’m guessing maybe about 5 packets?


  6. If you would like your sauce to taste more like the fancy restaurants sub 1 cup of water with 1 cup strong black coffee.


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