Red Wine Jus

Always use a red wine you would drink when making this red wine jus. I have served mine with ostrich, but it will be perfect with a piece of fillet as well.

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I am truly blessed with the life I live. Every morning Dave wakes me up with coffee and I get to laze in bed, drinking my coffee and reading my book until it is time for me to get up and get ready for work. We then head to the office and another cup of coffee is placed in front of me. I can blog for close to an hour before my work day begins, and as soon as it is done, my time is my own. With this time I can take the dogs for a walk, go to the beach, do my shopping and train at gym. I find I work best in the afternoons at home where I am not disturbed by the phone and so I set aside an hour each day from when the maid leaves to pay close attention to what I need to do. After that I head to my kitchen to start on supper. Dave and I usually do the end of the cooking together, but some meals need more than the short amount of time we can spend together in the kitchen. Ostrich fillets is one of these meals. Even though ostrich is a bird, it needs to be treated like game (venison).

Ostrich Fillets With A Red Wine Jus
Ostrich Fillets With A Red Wine Jus
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Ostrich Fillets With A Red Wine Jus

Recipe Category: Sauces
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 mls red wine
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 10 juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • 300 g ostrich fillets
  • Salt for the griddle pan and for seasoning
  • 15 g butter


  • make a marinade with the wine, garlic and juniper berries
  • marinade the ostrich fillets for an hour
  • preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  • put salt on the bottom of the griddle pan
  • remove the fillets from the marinade, pat dry and season with salt
  • sear for 1 minute on each side in the griddle pan
  • cook in the oven for 6 minutes
  • while you are doing this, reduce the marinade by half
  • remove from the heat and whisk in the butter
  • pass the jus through a sieve before serving
  • remember to leave the meat to rest

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35 thoughts on “Red Wine Jus

  1. As I am not a big red meat eater but do love chicken, ostrich is one of favourite red meats. Where can I get fresh juniper berries? Struggle to get them marinated or even dried! Tx for sharing your recipe with us 🙂

    1. I am not sure where to get fresh Juniper berries from – I usually get the whole dried ones – have you tried Giovanni’s? Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. Ostrich has to be in my top 2 favorite meats! I love how you can just be so simple with it and it has such a wow factor. Lovely recipe!!

  3. What a lovely daily routine you have Tandy. 😀
    We ate a lot of ostrich fillet before we relocated to Mauritius for a couple of years. It was one of the items on the shopping list when we returned – I cannot believe how incredibly expensive it has got!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. What a lovely balanced day – but it´s good that you appreciate and enjoy what you have. Jealous of the coffee in bed! I like ostrich. Have only eaten it a couple of times in the UK, will have to look out for it on my next trip.

  5. Well if I want ostrich out here I will have to grow that too.. I will suggest it to Our John and report back on the horrified look he will get on his face.. excellent c

  6. Ah, another clue as how you blog everyday and do so many recipes, Help! My husband barely knows where the coffee is. That is about all he knows about a kitchen except where crackers & cheese may be for a snack. Where the bread and toaster are along with the tomatoes for his sandwich he likes to eat everyday.
    I’d love to have a maid just once a week! I do all the cleaning, gardening yard up keep along with take care of my SH (surrogate husband) along with whomever else needs something.
    I guess I don’t feel so bad that I can’t blog everyday.
    I’ve never made Ostrich is is gamey?
    Keep writing your wonderful blogs.

    1. hi Bexx – some days when I have time I write up more than one post and then I have a stash for the mornings I am running late 🙂 Dave feeds the dogs which is why he makes coffee – the weekends are usually my turn. Your life sounds very busy indeed. Ostrich is not very gamey but needs the treatment game gets as it is not very tasty 🙂 Thanks for the complement, have a super weekend 🙂

  7. Can’t say I’ve ever tried ostrich (and I might be too scared to try it), but your recipe sure looks delicious. Sounds like the perfect place to live, by the way. Always nice to have some help in the kitchen too! 🙂

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