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Thick Bechamel Sauce Troubles? Discover Why and How to Fix It

If you’re making a bechamel sauce and wondering why it’s not as silky smooth as you’d like, you’re not alone.

In fact, you’re in good company.

I’ve been there myself, wondering why my bechamel is too thick, and trying different solutions to fix it.

Some people even say that the only way to get a good bechamel is to whisk it for hours.

1. You didn’t use enough milk.

I always have this problem when making bechamel sauce, I never use enough milk and my sauce always ends up being too thick.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not patient enough to wait for the milk to heat up or if I’m just not adding enough.

Either way, I’m going to have to figure out a way to fix my bechamel sauce.

2. You used too much flour.

1. If your Bechamel sauce is too thick, you can try thinning it out with a bit of milk or cream.

Add a little bit at a time and whisk it in until it reaches the desired consistency.

You can also try adding a bit of butter or oil to the sauce to make it smoother and more luxurious.

2. Another reason your Bechamel sauce may be too thick is that you used too much flour.

When making Bechamel sauce, you only need to use a little bit of flour to start with.

As you continue to add milk or cream, you can gradually increase the amount of flour you use.

If you use too much flour to start with, the sauce will be too thick and gloopy.

3. You didn’t cook the flour long enough.

If your bechamel sauce is too thick, it’s possible that you didn’t cook the flour long enough when you were making the roux.

A roux is a mixture of equal parts fat (such as butter or oil) and flour that is cooked together before being mixed with milk or cream.

The cooking of the flour is what helps to thicken the sauce and give it its smooth, creamy texture.

If you don’t cook the flour for long enough, it can cause the sauce to thicken too much and become pasty.

To avoid this, make sure to cook your roux for at least 5 minutes, stirring constantly, before adding the milk or cream.

You can also try using a higher fat content milk or cream, as these have more fat and will therefore help to thin out the sauce.

4. You cooked the flour too long.

There are several reasons why your bechamel sauce may be too thick.

One possible reason is that you may have cooked the flour in the butter for too long.

When you cook the flour in the butter, it is important to stir the mixture constantly so that it does not burn.

If you cook the flour for too long, it can become very thick and lumpy.

Another possible reason why your bechamel sauce may be too thick is that you may not have added enough milk to the mixture.

It is important to add enough milk to the flour and butter mixture so that it is thinned out enough to be used as a sauce.

5. You used too much butter.

First, if the bechamel is too thick you could try adding more milk to thin it out.

If that doesn’t work, you could try adding more butter.

Second, if the bechamel is still too thick you could try using a different kind of milk.

If that doesn’t work, you could try using a different kind of butter.


Can we agree that bechamel sauce is the king of all sauces? It’s the creamy foundation for so many of our favorite dishes, from lasagna to moussaka to mac and cheese.

That’s why it’s so important to get it right.

But sometimes, even if you follow the recipe to a T, your bechamel ends up too thick.

What gives? turns out, there are a few reasons why your bechamel might be too thick.

The good news is that all of them are easily fixed.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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