Merlot Dipping Sauce Recipe -
Merlot Dipping Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Merlot Dipping Sauce

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"This is an excellent dipping sauce for wild game, steak, or London broil."

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Slowly bring the balsamic vinegar, Merlot, garlic, soy sauce, and honey to a boil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer another 20 to 25 minutes; remove from heat and add the butter to the mixture, stirring to thicken as the butter melts.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 19, 2009

Fabulous. I made this exactly as written except that I added 8T butter (1 stick total) instead of 10T. The sauce thickens beautifully if you follow the directions. Excellent flavor. I used this with an appetizer of seared tenderloin and balsamic cipolline onions. It was so good I feel like cussing. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 18, 2012

It wasn't for me, I did everything exactly, maybe I didn't boil long enough? It's my first time using the balsamic, maybe if I new what a dash of soy sauce was? Maybe someone has some pointers?

Oct 29, 2010

Used this as a fondue dipping sauce and it was excellent. Doesn't rewarm well though, needs to be made just prior to serving.

May 24, 2010

This is fabulous! I only ended up using about 4 T. Butter (yes, must be butter!) and it was great. Use really good wine and you will have a killer sauce. Fabulous.

Nov 13, 2009

We've made this three times in the past month. Absolutely delicious, and I wouldn't change a thing. We serve the sauce in little bowls for dipping.

Dec 08, 2009

This is very yummy--this coming from someone who not only loves balsamic vinegar but also sweet things. I do think that I would cut down on the honey--maybe in half--and a little of the butter. This would be good with pork or chicken, and I would especially love it with sticky rice (calrose). It is a sweet alternative to teriyaki sauce as far as dipping sauces go.

Mar 10, 2011

This is an excellent sauce, but I don't feel it needs all of that butter. I halve the butter and it is still very rich. The first time I made it, I used the full amount and it was just overkill. Too rich to actually enjoy. So, wonderful sauce, just go easy (well, easier) on the butter.

Jun 13, 2011

This sauce is incredible. A must try for all steak lovers. Everything on my plate was dipped in the sauce at some point during dinner, it's that good! I followed the instructions exactly except I added 8 tablespoons of butter instead of 10. I think I might marinade my steaks in this sauce next time.


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  • Calories
  • 162 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 121 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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