bechamel sauce

an easy bechamel sauce recipe

Bechamel sauce is the basic white sauce used for making many other sauces as well as an accompaniment on its own. It is easy to make with a little practice and once you have these basic skills you can transform many dishes with a variety of delicious sauces.

This is a great way to use up any leftovers too, as they are a delicious way of improving an otherwise plain dish. Simply add a few other ingredients to this basic sauce and you have more delicious sauces! 


·         50 gm butter

·   40 gm plain flour

·   425 ml milk

·    Salt and white pepper


1. Melt the butter over a medium heat.

2. Work in the flour with a wooden spoon, and when the mixture begins to froth, remove the pan from the heat.

3. Add the milk all at once, stirring steadily to avoid lumps forming.

4. When the sauce is smooth, return the pan to the heat and bring to simmering point.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking for 10 minutes. [Add a little more milk if the sauce thickens too much.]

Alternative method: warm the milk, and then, once 1 and 2 have been completed, add it little by little, stirring continually and not removing the pan from the heat.

An extra knob of butter, cut into small pieces and added individually, will give the sauce a glossy finish.

If the sauce is made in advance, press a piece of greaseproof paper down onto its surface to prevent a skin from forming.

To keep hot, stand the saucepan on a trivet, or upturned saucer, .in a bain-marie.

With your béchamel sauce recipe, you can make the following delicious French sauces:

Sauce Velouté
Replace the milk with concentrated chicken stock or fish or veal stock.

Sauce Crème
Add three tablespoons double cream or crème fraiche to the béchamel sauce and finish with a few drops of lemon juice.

Sauce Mornay
Remove your béchamel sauce from the heat and add 2oz parmesan cheese or a mixture of parmesan and Swiss cheese, a little nutmeg and white pepper.

Sauce Soubise
Chop 8oz onions and boil until tender. Drain and put them through a sieve or pulp in a liquidiser. Add to thick béchamel sauce with two tablespoons thick cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Adjust the seasoning to your taste and reheat but do not bo

It is also the basis for making a great French soufflé dish and if you would like to know how to make one of these tasty dishes there are a few tips and recipes for you here.

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