Boeuf Bourguignon, prepare Beef Stew French Style Step by Step

I serve you my boeuf bourguignon in this post. The beef stew in French style is a classic of fine cuisine. I ate the stew for the first time many years ago in an original version in Paris. Now show you my variant with step by step instructions and cooking video.

My preparation method is influenced by Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Alfons Schuhbeck and Eckart Witzigmann and I have summarized the familiar tips for optimal preparation here.

Please read on and enjoy! Let me show you a wonderful dish, the cooking time is a good 35 minutes, then your stove does the work. The video I have cut together to 8 minutes to give you a quick overview. Wish you good luck!

Boef fa a mode, this is the name of the Bavarian braised beef with spaetzle and vegetables. A certain relationship to the beef stew is given and the preparation I show you elsewhere. © Thomas Sixt Food Potographer

1. What meat we use for beef bourguignon

The dish is prepared with beef, classically with stew meat, it is goulash meat.

Suitable pieces of meat are:

Beef shovelMacreuse a pot au feu
Parts from the shoulderJumeau a pot au feu
Thick ribPaleron
Thick flankGite a la noix
Leg sliceGite et jarret

In Germany, unfortunately, the goulash meat is usually cut too small. Therefore, it would be better to buy the meat in one piece. So you can cut your meat yourself into cubes of about 5 cm.

Beef sausage is my first choice for this stew!

Meat recommendation from chef Thomas Sixt
Beef leg on the bone, this meat is particularly suitable for braising.

2. What ingredients are typical for the original?

I like to call this dish French beef goulash. While in Germany we “only” add onions, broth and paprika seasoning to the meat stew, in France red wine is added to the preparation. In the original, of course, a Burgundy.

How can you recognize Burgundy wine in the supermarket? Burgundy is round, this applies to the bottle and the matching glasses. The Burgundy wine bottle has a longer neck and the transition to the bottle belly is rounder than the Bordeaux bottle.

The typical ingredients in the overview:

  • Braised beef, optimal is the –> beef sausage
  • Small pearl onions as well as garlic I like to use —> shallots
  • For the familiar flavor –> bacon and preferably small mushrooms
  • For vegetables yellow beets I use —> carrots
  • Sauce –> tomato paste, Burgundy red wine, optional veal stock
  • To thicken the sauce –> cornstarch
  • Spices like –> bay leaf, cloves, allspice, salt, pepper and sugar
  • Must not be missing in French cuisine –> butter
  • As a garnish —> boiled potatoes and blanched green onions.

This is not a Julia Child recipe 🙂

Says chef Thomas Sixt
The ingredients at a glance…

3. Chef preparation tips

–> In contrast to the goulash, the meat in the ragout has big pieces.
–> I do not add onion cubes, the gentle aroma comes from whole onions.
–> Instead of adding veal stock, I cook the bone with it.
–> I cook the carrots separately because they become too soft during braising.
–> Roast with tomato paste, which optimizes flavor and color.
–> Bacon and mushrooms I add later, finer taste tuning.
–> The binding of the sauce is done precisely with cornstarch instead of roux.
–> Christmas cooking: add gingerbread spice and dark chocolate.

Photo impressions:

I got carried away with food styling to dark hues and a farmhouse style plate.
The close-up shows the details of this beautiful braised beef dish.

4. Recipe Boeuf bourguignon

Here now the step by step instructions with many photos and video. About the comment function you can send me directly a cooking question!

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Boeuf Bourguignon
Prepare beef bourguignon step by step with the professional cooking instructions from chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Beef, Main Courses, Ragout
Cuisine: French Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 4 Persons
Calories: 786kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Beef stew base ingredients
  • 1 pc beef on the bone
  • 2 tbs sunflower oil
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 10 pc shallots
  • 3 pc garlic clove
  • 5 pc laurel leaves
  • 3 pc cloves
  • 4 pc allspice seeds
  • 0,7 l Burgundy red wine I like to use a Burgundy <5€ bottle
  • 0,7 l beef broth or water
  • 1 pc bouquet garni rosemary, thyme, sage
Prepare carrots
  • 8-10 pc carrots
  • 30-60 g butter
  • 4-6 pinches salt
  • 2-4 pinches pepper
  • 2-4 pinches nutmeg
  • 100 ml water
Ragout finish ingredients
  • 100-120 g bacon
  • 200-250 g mushrooms
  • 2-3 tsp cornstarch Dissolve in 80 ml of cold water, then there are no lumps!
  • 2 cl cognac optional
  • 50 g butter
Side dishes
  • 3-5 pc potatoes
  • 1 bunch spring onions
Prepare ingredients and meat
  • Provide the ingredients.
  • Put the beef knife ready to use. It is important to have a stable base or cutting board and a sharp knife.
  • Remove the meat by cutting along the bone.
  • Cut the meat into 5 cm cubes.
Ragout preparation
  • Peel the shallots and garlic. Cut a shallot in half and lard with bay leaf and cloves. Cut carrots into pieces and tourned (give shape). Put the carrots in a separate dish. Cut bacon into strips and make ready as well.
  • Brown the meat in a pan over high heat with the sunflower oil.
  • Turn meat over and brown vigorously, we cooks also refer to this as caramelizing, although no sugar is added here.
  • Add shallots and garlic.
  • Add tomato paste and roast until dark brown. Deglaze with red wine and broth. Boil roasting substances from the bottom of the pan, put the ragout in a pot, add the bones, add the bouquet garni and simmer gently with a lid on the stove or in the oven at 175°C for one hour.
  • Fry bacon strips and mushrooms in the pan.
  • Cool the bacon and mushrooms in the pan.
Side dishes prepare
  • Toss carrots in foamed butter, season with salt, pepper, sugar and nutmeg. Add water and cook with lid until well done. Place next to the stove ready to serve.
  • Peel the potatoes, cut them into quarters and shape them. Then boil in salted water until soft. Cut the light green of the young onions into 3 cm pieces and cook briefly with the potatoes until al dente.
Sauce binding and dressing
  • In the cooled pan, mix cornstarch with cold water.
  • Check the degree of cooking of the meat and continue cooking as needed. Then strain the sauce into the pan through a fine sieve (stainless steel hair sieve). Cut out the meat (technical term, remove from the pot without herbs and additions) and add to the sauce. Bring ragout to a boil in the pan and final taste with butter, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Heat side dishes in butter, arrange ragout with sauce in the middle of warm plates. Add vegetables and decorate with thyme leaves and thyme sprigs. Enjoy your meal!
In the cooking video I show you the preparation in about 8 minutes summarized. You can gently flavor the ragout with gingerbread spice and dark chocolate during the Christmas season!

5. Cooking time tips

My ragout was ready in less than 50 minutes. In fact, most of the information about the braising time of meat does not correspond to reality. The better and more mature the meat, the faster it can be prepared. Meat from young cattle generally cooks faster than meat from older cattle. Therefore, please ask when purchasing, additionally when preparing the meat rather try several times and then adjust the cooking time if necessary.

6. Note on the preparation of ragout with fillet of beef

Please do not braise beef fillet cubes! Prepare the sauce without meat. The basis can be a roasting stock with soup vegetables, tomato paste, veal stock and red wine. Refine the sauce as shown here with mushrooms and bacon and thicken with cornstarch. Later, sear the beef tenderloin cubes vigorously and let them infuse in the sauce to the desired degree of doneness, for example medium, and serve immediately.

A variant of this preparation I show you here at the beef ragout.

Cooking times are always only guidelines, the meat always cooks differently, depending on the breed of cattle, origin and age. Trying is the secret tip!

When is the ragout meat ready tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
Beef ragout with short roast meat such as fillet and I show you step by step in another post.

7. Calories and nutritional values

Nutrition Facts
Boeuf Bourguignon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 786 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 165mg55%
Sodium 1530mg67%
Potassium 1358mg39%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 66g132%
Vitamin A 931IU19%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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