Traditional Hunter Sauce

Traditional German Hunter sauce / Jägersoße can be described as a rich and creamy gravy with mushrooms, fragrant ingredients and herbs. As I love both ie: good sauces and mushrooms this

sauce has to be regarded as one of my absolutely favorite dishes and I make it in many variations on a regular basis. It is usually served with Schnitzel but can as well be found and enjoyed in many restaurants and fast food outlets as an accompaniment for french fries, meatballs, hamburgers and sausages. This Hunter sauce recipe of this classic from my country of birth is a really good one and has been highly regarded by many who tasted it.  

Preparation time: 15 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 45 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: at least 60 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard


Serves 4

German Hunter Sauce

  • 250 gram / 8.8 oz. button mushrooms, cut into slices
  • 8 Shiitake mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 2 medium sized yellow onions, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic (or to taste), finely chopped
  • 50 gram / 1.76 oz. butter
  • 2 tbsp.corn flour
  • 2 tbsp. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes (optional - use beef stock cubes instead)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. dried origanum leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp. worcester sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Maggi all purpose seasoning (optional - use soya sauce instead)


  • Melt butter in a large skillet and braise onions in it for 4 minutes
  • Add mushrooms and tomato sauce and braise for another 8 minutes, stirring them frequently
  • Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms and mix all ingredients well
  • Braise for 2 to 3 minutes till the flour begins to brown
  • Add wine and fresh cream, cover with lid and wait till sauce begins to boil again
  • Now add the stock cubes, stir all well, reduce the heat, partially cover the skillet with a lid and simmer the sauce gently for 30 minutes, stirring it a few times during this time
  • Add parsley, worcester sauce and maggi seasoning, salt and pepper, gently stir all and let it simmer for 5 minutes
  • Sample the sauce and if desired add more salt or pepper to taste

We enjoyed this sauce with homemade hamburger patties and easy prepared french fries.

This recipe was inspired by Tickerix. You can find her recipe in German language here.

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