Tips on How to Thicken a Sauce

Sauce goes well with many recipes, such as meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, and even desserts. However, sometimes making it backfires, and it is not as thick as we expected. This can easily be corrected by using home ingredients, giving our sauce the right consistency. If you want to know what they are, keep reading this article as we show you how to thicken a sauce.


One common ingredient used to thicken a sauce is flour. This flour can help you achieve the thickness you want without altering the flavor of the sauce. Of course, you must add the amount of flour indicated to prevent lumps from forming.

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Add a tablespoon of flour and a little water to a glass, dilute it well using a spoon. When ready, pour it sauce to the saucepan and keep adding it gradually. Keep stirring not to form lumps and wait for your sauce to thicken.

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Cornstarch acts as an instant thickener. You only have to add the cornstarch you want to the sauce while boiling over the fire. After cooking, you will see how you get that thicker consistency that you were looking for, managing to solve this small problem in an effortless and fast way.

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Another option that can give good results significantly to thicken soups, creams, or some sauces such as mushrooms, is to add little breadcrumbs. This ingredient can absorb the liquid from any sauce very quickly. To do this, put your sauce on fire and gradually add the breadcrumbs while stirring constantly. Wait for it to boil, and the result will be a thicker but equally tasty soup, cream or sauce.


If you have prepared a delicious vegetable, broccoli, spinach, or zucchini cream, but you notice its a bit runny, don't worry! There is a star ingredient such as potato that is ideal for thickening soup without taking away its original flavor; you will also get a much more nutritious dish. The potato must be boiled with the rest of the ingredients, and, once everything is ready, it must be mashed with the mixer to obtain the vegetable cream.

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As we can see, there are many options to thicken sauces, and another one is cooking cream or milk cream. Of course, before adding it, you should bear in mind that, in this case, adding thickness, the flavor of the preparation will soften a bit.

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Vegetable Gelatin

And for sweet sauces, we also have a very effective solution: add a little vegetable gelatin made with agar-agar. It is a type of gelatin widely used as a natural thickener, especially in dessert recipes such as jellies, pastry creams, custards, jams, etc.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo