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Lemon Butter Sauce… So silky, lemony and perfect. It is no secret that butter makes everything better right? Trust me when I say that this goes well on ANYTHING, from veggies to chicken or any seafood. One of my favorite things to do is serving it over shrimp with a LOT of fresh herbs.

If you loved this recipe, check out my Shrimp Al Ajillo!

Why You’ll Love Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

This is basically a Beurre Monte with the addition of lemon. A beurre monte is a classic French butter sauce. It is a water & butter emulsion. A lot of restaurants actually keep it and they rest their proteins in it. This sauce pairs so well with seafood, but you can throw it over anything your heart desires. It’s so silky, and lemony which is why it does great with seafood.

How To Prepare Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

💧 First, add water to a pan with the lemon zest. Simmer and reduce by about half.

🍋 Secondly, squeeze 1/2 lemon and cook 1 more minute. Then, turn the heat off and salt to taste.

🧈 Then, add the cubed butter. Emulsify with a whisk vigorously off heat.

✨ Lastly, drizzle over anything your heart desires.

Substitutions and Variations for Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

  1. The classic Beurre Monte is only butter and water, so you can omit the lemon, maybe add a touch of white wine or vinegar and LOTS of herbs.
  2. You can use brown butter instead of regular butter for a more complex and nutty sauce.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

When making a lemon sauce, add the zest at the beginning but wait until the very end to add juice because it evaporates. Also you can actually reheat gently bain marie!

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Common Questions

What can I serve this sauce with?

My personal favorite is shrimp, but it goes great with pretty much any seafood.

Can I use brown butter?

Yes of course! You can use brown butter instead of regular butter for a more complex and nutty flavor.

What unsalted butter do you use?

I use Kerrygold unsalted butter.

Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 0 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Lemon Butter Sauce… So silky, lemony and perfect. It is no secret that butter makes everything better right? Trust me when I say that this goes well on ANYTHING, from veggies to chicken or any seafood. One of my favorite things to do is serving it over shrimp with a LOT of fresh herbs.

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • salt, just a pinch
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed, start with 6 tbsp and add more to taste

Directions 

  • First, add water to a pan with the lemon zest. Simmer and reduce by about half.
  • Secondly, squeeze 1/2 lemon and cook 1 more minute. Then, turn the heat off and salt to taste.
  • Then, add the cubed butter. Emulsify with a whisk vigorously off heat.
  • Lastly, drizzle over anything your heart desires.

Nutrition

Calories: 634kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 68g, Saturated Fat: 43g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 181mg, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 169mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2123IU, Vitamin C: 57mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: sauce
Cuisine: International

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