How to Make Rue for Sauces, Gravies, and Soups

Who else wants to learn how to make rue?

Ah, roux, Also Know As, rue! Roux is a simple yet essential base of so many classic dishes. Without it, sauces, gravies, and soups would lack that rich flavor and velvety texture we all know and love.

But how do you make a perfect roux? Well, let me tell you! As a master chef with years of experience under my belt, I'm here to share my best tips for making a roux that will take your next meal to the next level.

Ready to thicken up your culinary creations? Look no further than the master of sauces, Roux!

Join us as we explore how to make this flour-and-fat mixture that'll put a delicious spin on any dish.

Understanding What Roux Is

First things first—what is a roux? Roux is simply a combination of flour and fat (usually butter) cooked together until it forms an aromatic paste. Very popular in Louisiana-style cajun and creole dishes.

It’s used as the base for sauces, gravies, and soups since it thickens liquids while adding flavor. One of the most common types of roux is white roux which is made by combining equal parts of butter and flour cooked over low heat until they are evenly combined.

Making Your Own Roux

So now that you know what a roux is, let’s talk about how to make one!

First off, make sure you have enough time set aside—it can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes to get your roux just right. Start by melting some butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat before slowly stirring in the flour until it forms a smooth paste. You want to stir constantly so that the rue doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the saucepan.

Once everything has been evenly mixed together, keep cooking the mixture for another 3-5 minutes until it turns golden brown and fragrant. And voila—you have yourself a perfect homemade roux!

Adding Roux To Dishes

Now comes the fun part—using your freshly made roux in all sorts of dishes like gumbo, etouffee, and macaroni and cheese!

To incorporate your roux into sauces or gravies, slowly whisk the rue into a hot liquid like broth or milk while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until everything has been fully incorporated into a creamy texture.

For soups or stews, add your desired ingredients before slowly adding in your finished roux at the end—this will help thicken up all those delicious flavors without making them too heavy or overpowering.

You Just Learned How to Make Rue

Roux may seem intimidating at first but once you get comfortable making this essential base ingredient you'll be whipping up flavorful sauces, gravies, and soups like an old pro!

By following the simple steps above you'll be able to easily create perfectly cooked homemade roux that will add depth and richness to any dish. So go on—give it a try today! Bon appetit!