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3 Outstanding Beef Consomme Substitutes That You Should Try Once

Most commonly served as a soup or appetizer, beef consommé is a liquid full of incense flavors. Originally invented by the French, beef consommé is a hugely popular dish most loved for its delicious flavor.

Possessing a unique texture and thickness, it also offers great versatility when it comes to cooking.

It can be added to casseroles, included in a wide range of side dishes, eaten as a soup, and even used to make aspic (a savory jelly). 

The Best 3 Beef Consommé Substitutes

With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that many people use it in the kitchen. However, if you can’t make beef consommé or simply need an alternative, you’re going to need a substitute and a good one at that.

Luckily for you, we have everything you need. In this post, we’ll provide you with 3 excellent substitutes and a great recipe that will help you make your own beef consommé.

Let’s get started!

What Is Beef Consommé?

Before we take a look at three substitutes and our recipe, let’s first develop a better understanding of what beef consommé actually is.

At first, beef consommé is a rich stock full of flavor. This is before the stock is reduced using egg whites. This helps to remove any fat and sediments from the stock.

The end result is an intense tasting, clear liquid that can then be used in many ways. 

The most popular of these is as a soup or appetizer. With a more unique texture and thickness, beef consommé is very different from the everyday broths we normally use.

Although beef consommé is versatile and full of flavor, making our own can be very time-consuming. Taking several hours, using a substitute can be a lot easier. That is why we’ll provide you with both in this post.

The Best Beef Consommé Substitutes

Now you know more about what beef conssomé is and why you might need a suitable substitute instead, we can start to look at the best three substitutes you can use.

In the next part of this post, you’ll find a brief description of each substitute and directions on how to go about substituting each one for beef consommé.

We’ll start by taking a look at beef stock!

1. Beef Stock

If you don’t have any beef consommé in your kitchen or don’t have several hours to make a homemade one, beef stock is easily your best option. 

The perfect backup, beef stock not only offers great meaty flavor but also offers a very quick fix. Ready in a matter of minutes, all you’ll need to make your beef stock is a packet of beef stock and hot water. 

This will save you plenty of time and let you carry on with the rest of your cooking. The only downside with this substitute is that the flavors won’t be as tasty or intense as when you make your own beef consommé.

You can use any variety of beef stock as a beef conssomé substitute but in our opinion, beef bouillon cubes are the best. For us, they offer the closest flavors to beef conssomé. 

How To Substitute

Substituting beef stock for beef consommé couldn’t be any easier if you use a ready-to-go packet. Simply put the stock in hot water and stir it until you’re left with a thick, meaty mixture. Alternatively, you can add the stock cube straight into a hot sauce and stir.

2. Beef Broth

The next beef consommé substitute in this guide is beef broth. Beef broth is a suitable beef consommé substitute for many reasons.

First of all, it provides you with that meaty, thick soup-like texture we all seek. Secondly, it’s very easy to prepare, and finally, it takes a lot less time to make than beef consommé.

Of course, the flavors and overall texture of the beef broth won’t be the same but if you need a solution in a pinch, you can’t go wrong. 

Besides, all you really lose with a beef broth is the intensity of the beef consommé.

Having said that, another excellent thing about beef broth is that by cooking it the right way, we can reduce the differences between the two flavors so that they both taste quite similar.

How To Substitute

Using a beef broth as a substitute for beef consommé is also easily done. A much closer flavor profile can also be achieved too. To make a substitute that tastes very similar to beef consommé, you should simmer the beef broth on low heat for 15-30 minutes.

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3. Mushroom Consommé

Finally, another brilliant beef consommé substitute is mushroom consommé. Mushroom consommé offers a vegetarian, plant-based alternative beef consommé, making it perfect for those following a plant-based diet and vegetarians.

Having said that, thanks to its great flavor, anyone can use mushroom consommé to replace beef consommé. The reason for this is pretty simple. The mushrooms mimic the umami flavors typically offered by beef. 

You can buy mushroom consommé bases in various stores and online but for the best results, you should try and make your own.

There are plenty of great recipes to follow but we like this one from the NY Times. This recipe uses porcini and fresh white to make a wonderfully flavored consommé. 

How To Substitute

Once you’ve made your mushroom consommé, substituting it for beef consommé is incredibly easy. In fact, it might be the easiest out of the three. This is because you can use mushroom consommé in exactly the same amounts as beef consommé.

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How To Make Your Own Beef Consommé?

If you have the time, there’s no better beef consommé than the one you’ve made yourself.

Not only does a homemade beef consommé provide all the flavors you’re looking for, but it also offers more versatility than the substitutes we’ve looked at above. 

With that in mind, we’ve decided to give you our beef consommé recipe. Below you’ll find a list of the ingredients you need and instructions regarding the making of it.

Ingredients

To make our beef consommé, you need:

  • ¾ lbs ground beef (premium sirloin)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 6 cups of beef stock
  • 4 small tomatoes (Roma)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 sprig of thyme

Method

  1. To start, add the egg whites into a bowl with the pepper and whisk until it forms a foamy texture.
  2. Next, pulse the tomatoes, ground beef, and celery several times using your food processor.
  3. You can now combine all of the ingredients in one large stockpot. Your stockpot should sit on high heat and you should frequently give the mixture a stir to prevent boiling. 
  4. Reduce the heat so that the consommé is simmering and leave it for 40 minutes without stirring.
  5. After 40 minutes, remove the stockpot from the stove and slowly pour the liquid through a sieve using a cheesecloth. Do this carefully to avoid any burning.
  6. Season your consommé and serve it hot. Alternatively, let it cool for later use.

How To Store Your Beef Consommé?

Beef consommé doesn’t have to be used all at once. Instead, you can store it for use at a future date. Having said that, if you want to safely use your beef consommé later, you need to store it correctly.

Failure to do so will result in the consommé spoiling much quicker. For obvious reasons, you don’t want to then eat a beef consommé that has gone past its expiration date.

To avoid this, you should always store your beef consommé in an airtight container for at most 3 to 4 days. On the other hand, you could freeze your beef Consommé for a period of time no longer than 6 months. 

Label your food with a date so you know when it was made.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Three Characteristics Of A Good Consommé?

Consommés are usually clear soups that are made from the broth. It is common to make consommés with the first two courses of broth.

They are generally considered light dishes and are often served cold. The three characteristics of a good consommé are that it is clear, has a soft consistency, and has a rich flavor.

What Is Beef Consommé Used For?

Beef consommé is a soup made from beef stock, water, and beef bouillon. Consommé is often the base for other dishes. For example, it can be used as a broth for soups, sauces, or other containers or as a liquid for poaching fish.

Is Beef Consommé The Same As Bone Broth?

Beef consommé is made by simmering beef, onion, carrot, celery, and thyme in milk and seasonings. Bone broth is made by simmering bones and other meat parts in water. Making bone broth takes several hours and includes onion, celery, carrots, bay leaves, and herbs.

The Best 3 Beef Consommé Substitutes

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Full of flavor and served as a soup or appetizer, beef consommé has many uses in cooking. This post gives you 3 substitutes and shows you how to make your own.

Ingredients

  • Beef Stock

  • Beef Broth

  • Mushroom Consommé

Directions

  • Choose your favorite substitute from the list given above
  • Follow the directions given in the recipe after having substituted the ingredient in the correct ratio

Recipe Video

Jess Smith