If you've got 5-minutes and 4 simple ingredients, you can make this super-smooth sauce for chicken, pasta, fish or vegetables! Light, tangy flavor with real lemon and no preservatives!
Why you'll love this recipe!
There's no reason to be intimidated by the thought of making a sauce! This is super easy!
- Quick, easy with 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!
- Perfect for chicken, pasta, fish and vegetables
- Make a big batch and store in the fridge; reheat what you need when you need it!
- Light and flavorful with all natural ingredients. No powders, mixes or preservatives!
Here's what you'll need:
There are so many variations of this recipe--some contain eggs while others are based on a roux. This recipe uses simple ingredients: lemons, butter, cornstarch and salt!
Here's how you make it:
If the thought of making a sauce makes you sweat, have no fear! This recipe goes lickity-split fast!
In a medium pan, melt butter
Whisk in cornstarch
Add fresh lemon; whisk until smooth; serve! Now wasn't that easy?
Add the lemon last. When adding an acid (lemon, vinegar, wine) to dairy or fat (butter), add the acid last. If you add the acid first, you run the risk of your sauce curdling, or clumping.
Start with 1/4 cup of fresh juice. The recipe calls for 1/4 - 1/2 cup. Taste it to see if it's "lemony" enough for you. If not, add a little more fresh lemon.
If you accidentally add too much, correct the tartness and acidity by adding a little sugar, salt or baking soda.
Storage and reheating
If you have leftover sauce, simply store it in a jar and refrigerate up to 5 days. To re-heat, pour it into a pan on medium heat and whisk until it reaches a smooth consistency. If its too thick, add a tablespoon of water and whisk.
One of the best ways to dress up this lemon-butter sauce is to add fresh or dried herbs. Pair the herb of your choice with whatever you're cooking! For example:
- Dill: perfect for fish and poultry
- Rosemary: roasted chicken, pork or beef
- Sage: turkey, pork, beef
The flavor is more on the tangy side than sweet, and the consistency is light, but not necessarily thick or creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, just add more cornstarch. This recipe takes no time to make-about 10 minutes, but the results are delicious and if you have any leftover, you can easily reheat it!
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5-Minute Lemon Butter Sauce
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- ¼-½ cup fresh lemon juice about 2 large lemons or 4-6 small lemons
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- salt to taste
- Melt butter in medium saucepan
- Whisk in cornstarch
- Add lemon juice and whisk until sauce is smooth; taste for salt