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Lemon garlic butter sauce drizzled over seared scallops.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

When dinner needs a little something extra, try Lemon Garlic 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
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings (1 1/2 tbsp each)
Calories 106kcal



  • 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 garlic 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.



  1. Garlic: Or substitute minced shallots or red onion.
  2. Parsley and thyme: Or substitute chopped chives, marjoram, tarragon, or almost any fresh green herb in this sauce.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 6 tablespoons of rich sauce packed with flavor, enough for 4 servings, 1 1/2 tablespoons each.
  4. Storage: Store leftover sauce covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1.5 tbsp | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg