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Homemade Browning Sauce

Homemade Browning Sauce

Homemade Browning Sauce is a dark sauce, used to add flavor and color to stew, gravy and even cakes. It is every easy to make and only contains two ingredients.

Every Caribbean home always have a bottle of Browning Sauce in their cupboard besides all their seasonings. I don’t think any home is complete without one because it’s multipurpose.

Making this Homemade Browning Sauce is so easy and way cheaper than buying it in the store because the main ingredients is right in your pantry.

The best thing about this Browning Sauce besides easy is that it has no additives or preservatives in it like the store bought type. I do use the store bought type at times, but I find out that making it at home is way better and cheaper.

Pouring the Homemade Browning Sauce in a small glass bowl.

What is Browning Sauce?

Browning Sauce is a combination of seasonings, vegetable concentrates and caramelized sugar. It adds flavor to stews, gravies, meaty dishes and also adds color to cakes.

In Jamaica it is used mostly in Christmas Cakes, Stew Pork, Oxtails with Butter Beans and Brown Stew Chicken.

Always keep in mind that a little bit of Browning Sauce goes a long way. With too much, it leaves a bitter taste, so always start out with just half a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon.

This Homemade Browning Sauce is a great substitute to Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Gravy Master Browning.

How to store your Homemade Browning Sauce?

You can store this Browning Sauce in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Mix-Ins Option

The main two ingredients for making the home version browning sauce it brown sugar and hot water. However, some people add these options to the base of it.

  • Salt I didn’t add any to the base because I wanted to add to cakes too. However, you can add it if you wont be adding it to any cakes, but just gravy, stews and soups. For this recipe, about 1 teaspoon to the sauce once it is cooled and stir. Then pour it into your container.
  • Beef broth or Beef Bouillon: Add this for additional flavor to your stews, gravy and soups.

How to make Homemade Browning Sauce from scratch?

Firstly, pour the brown sugar in a medium sauce pan, over medium low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon as it melt.

Melting the brown sugar to make Homemade Browning Sauce.
The melted brown sugar starts to get  to change color.
Melted brown sugar getting dark.

Secondly, once the sugar starts to get dark, remove from the heat. Slowly add the boiling water little by little and continue to stir.

Adding the boiling water to the dark melted sugar to make the Homemade Browning Sauce.

Finally, allow to cool before pouring it into an airtight container.

Homemade Browning Sauce.
Homemade Browning Sauce.

Homemade Browning Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot (boiling) Water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar over medium low heat.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon as the brown sugar begins to melt and turn into a dark syrup consistency. If it begins to smoke before it gets a dark color, turn the heat down and remove from the heat for awhile.
  3. Once it darkens, remove from the stove.
  4. Slowly add the boiling water, little by little. Keep in mind that the sauce pan will steam a lot. Continue to stir.
  5. Allow to cool. Pour into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Notes

  • Never use cold water. It will cause the heated sugar to clump, gets hard and not dissolve.
  • If it begins to smoke as it melts before it gets to a dark color, turn the heat down and remove from the heat for a while.
  • Please keep the heat on low (if your stove has numbers, I kept it at 3 once the starts to melt) so it doesn’t smoke too much.
  • Keep the fan on while the sugar melts and starts to smoke to prevent too much smoke escaping throughout the house.
Homemade Browning Sauce Recipe.

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Homemade Browning Sauce Recipe in a small glass bowl.

Homemade Browning Sauce

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Homemade Browning Sauce is a dark sauce, used to add flavor and color to stew, gravy and even cakes. It is every easy to make and only contains two ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot (boiling) Water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar over medium low heat.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon as the brown sugar begins to melt and turn into a dark syrup consistency. If it begins to smoke before it gets a dark color, turn the heat down and remove from the heat for awhile.
  3. Once it darkens, remove from the stove.
  4. Slowly add the boiling water, little by little. Keep in mind that the sauce pan will steam a lot. Continue to stir.
  5. Allow to cool. Pour into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Notes

  • Never use cold water. It will cause the heated sugar to clump, gets hard and not dissolve.
  • If it begins to smoke as it melts before it gets to a dark color, turn the heat down and remove from the heat for a while.
  • Please keep the heat on low (if your stove has numbers, I kept it at 3 once the starts to melt) so it doesn't smoke too much.
  • Keep the fan on while the sugar melts and starts to smoke to prevent too much smoke escaping throughout the house.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3/4 cup Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 0gSugar: 59gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information that is provided, is computer generated and therefore it is an estimate. Please do your own research with the ingredients that are listed here, if you have any concern about any specific diet or your health.

Elle

Friday 25th of March 2022

Do I substitute the water with the stock?

Yanique Vincent

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Hi Elle, Yes you can substitute the water with the choice of stock you use. Hopes that helps. Please let me know how it turns out. Thanks.

Mary Ann

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I learned something similar about 50 years ago from my aunt. I always LOVED her gravy, and she would never tell anyone how she made it. Until one day.......she told me ! But, she used white sugar. She always had the little jar of 'the secret' in the refrigerator. I will try it with brown sugar. Thank-you.

Yanique Vincent

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Mary Ann, You taught me something new. I never used white sugar before but I am going to try it one day. Thanks for your feedback and please let me know what you think about when you give it a try. Thanks again.

Craig Franklin

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Best find of the year for me. I made it because I was out of Gravy Browning and thought thats what I was making. Definitely not! But this is an incredible addition to gravy and sauces. Added to my Chilli con carne, my faggots and peas, my onion gravy, my curry. Really good for the sweetness and caramelised flavour.

Yanique Vincent

Friday 28th of January 2022

Hi Craig, Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you found the recipe. Thanks for giving it a try.

Jane Ormrod

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Home made browning sauce totally rocks! Thank you for your clear instructions. This recipe eluded me until I landed on this site. Well done!

Yanique Vincent

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Hi Jane, Thank you for giving it a try and I am so glad you found the instructions clear. Thanks again.

Paul Marsh

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Hi.

"Browning Sauce is a combination of seasonings, vegetable concentrates and caramelized sugar."

I've seen this in a few places yet each 'recipe' says the same; no veg concentrate, no mention of seasoning, just darkened sugar. That's not to complain as even the large companies (Sarsons etc) who make it only list sugar/glucose as the main ingredient, but why are the other things mentioned if not included in the actual instructions?

Yanique Vincent

Monday 2nd of August 2021

Hi Paul Marsh, Some store bought version do includes vegetable, chicken or even beef stock in it to help enhance gravy. But this homemade version is the basic ingredients, that allows you to add salt or any choice of stock to it. So that's why it is describe as that.

As a Jamaican, we grow up using this basic technique to make Brown Stew Chicken, Oxtail, our Fruit Cakes and other stuff. Actually when some persons are making Brown Stew Chicken, they add the brown sugar to the skillet to burn and then add the seasoned chicken to it. Personally, I have never done that method.

But this recipe is mostly what Jamaicans grew up on. I apologize if the description is a bit off vs the homemade version recipe. I hope this helps.

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