Want to quickly elevate your everyday cooking without trying too hard? Make a pan sauce! Suddenly you’re not simply serving porks chops — you’re serving porks chops drizzled with a rich shallot and herb-infused sauce. It’s a fast and fancy dish that sounds like its destined for a dinner party, but you’re really just making dinner on a Wednesday night. That’s the power of a pan sauce.
Assembling one is incredibly simple. Simply cook up something tasty in a skillet — be it steak, pork, chicken, or even fish — and use the browned bits left behind in the pan as your flavor-packed base. Whisk in a few basic pantry ingredients and voila! Pan sauce. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s a skill to keep in your back pocket for weeknights and weekends alike. Let’s get learning!