Lemon butter sauce being drizzled onto pan-seared scallops.

Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

When dinner needs a little something extra (but you don’t know what), try Lemon Butter Sauce. A professional chef’s secret weapon, this nutty brown butter sauce is ready in mere minutes and works citrusy magic on fish, chicken, or vegetables.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword butter, lemon, sauce
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 105kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 stick, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 small shallot minced 1-2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook, swirling constantly, until butter turns dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in shallots until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley, thyme, and lemon juice.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper). Serve immediately.


Calories: 105kcal