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Peppercorn Sauce

My quick and easy peppercorn sauce recipe. It’s made without cream, instead using milk and other common store cupboard and fridge ingredients so you can whip it up whenever you want. Recipe VIDEO below.
4.77 from 68 votes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 35 g butter
  • 35 g plain flour
  • 200 ml milk - I use skimmed but any type is fine
  • 100 ml chicken stock - or ½ chicken stock cube with 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 15 g (4 tsp) black peppercorns - vary this according to how powerful you want your sauce to be
  • Salt



  • Crack the black peppercorns (15g) in a pestle and mortar (if you don’t have one, put them in a plastic bag, wrap in a tea towel, and hit a few times with a rolling pin) – You want to make sure that the peppercorns are cracked, but do not over-grind otherwise the sauce will lose its intense peppery flavour.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter (35g) on a low heat.
  • Once the butter is fully melted, gradually add the flour (35g). After each addition mix well to ensure it is fully combined with the butter. Once all the flour is added you should have a thick smooth paste.
  • Cook the butter and flour mix for a couple of minutes stirring regularly – Cooking the butter and flour mix for a couple of minutes before adding the other ingredients ensures that the flour is cooked. If you skip this step your finished sauce may have an odd floury taste.
  • Add the brandy (1 tbsp) and mix well to combine with the butter and flour – adding the brandy at this stage ensures that the alcohol is cooked off.
  • Gradually add the milk (200ml), mixing well after each addition to combine with the butter and flour – I like to switch to using a whisk at this stage as it helps to break down any lumps.
  • Once all the milk is combined, add the chicken stock and black peppercorns and season with salt (I use approx. ¼tsp)
  • Simmer gently until the sauce has reduced to your required consistency.

If you’re making the sauce in advance

  • Once the sauce has cooked, pour it into a jug or bowl and immediately cover with clingfilm. It’s important that you push the clingfilm down into the dish so that it is in contact with the top of the sauce. This will prevent a skin forming.
  • Just before serving, pour back into a saucepan and heat gently until warm. If you find that the sauce is becoming too thick, add a little milk to loosen it the the required consistency.


This sauce can be prepared in advance and then reheated just before serving. This sauce is suitable for freezing, simply store it in an airtight container until you want to use it. It will separate a little in the freezer but you’ll find it’ll come back to its original consistency as it’s heated. It will thicken as it reheats so you’ll need to add a little extra milk to get it back to its original thickness.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Side Dish