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Basic Butter Sauce

Although this recipe is for basic butter sauce, there are many different add-ons that you can use depending upon which dish you are serving white sauce with. Try orange, garlic, mint and just about any other flavor you wish to add.


  • 1 Tbsp of white wine I prefer dry
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp of finely chopped shallots
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 ounces 160 grams unsalted butter, chilled


  • Place the white wine and the shallots into a heavy based pan and gently heat until there is no obvious liquid remaining in pan.
  • Cut the chilled butter into cubes and whisk it into the ingredients one cube at a time until it is all incorporated.
  • Warning: Be careful not to overheat as this will cause the butter to separate.
  • Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper and serve over white meats, fish or whatever you choose.


This is a basic sauce and you can replace the lemon with almost anything you wish. Bon appetit.