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Lemon Butter Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This lemon butter sauce adds a pop of garlicky citrus flavor that’s ideal for drizzling on anything! Even better: it takes just 5 minutes.


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 2 pinches kosher salt


  1. Mince the garlic and finely chop the parsley. Zest the lemon, then juice it.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan or skillet over low heat.
  3. Once melted, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute (keep the heat low and don’t let it brown!). Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice, zest, chopped parsley, and kosher salt. Serve immediately as a drizzle for salmon, white fish, shrimp or chicken: a little goes a long way. (Store leftovers refrigerated in a sealed container and re-heat on the stovetop before serving. Note that the parsley loses its bright green color; you can add more fresh chopped parsley when you serve it.)
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Lemon butter sauce