J&G Steak Sauce


A sort of cross between A1 and Lea & Perrins, two steak sauces Jean-Georges Vongerichten admires for their assertive flavors, the chef created this rich, tamarind-inflected blend for his J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator. Amazing Steaks

J & G Steak Sauce
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
1 hrs
3 cups


  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

  • 1/2 cup hot water

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

  • 1 red Thai chile, minced

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate (see Note)

  • 1 oil-packed anchovy fillet, chopped

  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, minced

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 star anise pod

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • 1 cup water, at room temperature

  • Salt


  1. In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the hot water until plumped, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the Thai chile and cook 1 minute longer.

  3. In a large saucepan, mix the sugar with the molasses and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is melted and lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, tamarind concentrate, anchovy, chipotle, thyme and orange zest and cook until a thick paste forms, about 1 minute. Stir in the vinegar, star anise, cloves and the shallot mixture. Add the raisins with their soaking liquid along with the room-temperature water. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a blender and puree until very smooth. Season with salt and let cool completely before serving.

Make Ahead

The steak sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.


Tamarind concentrate, the strained, concentrated pulp from tamarind pods, is available at Indian markets and specialty-food shops.

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