Lemon Butter Sauce

This Lemon Butter Sauce, based on a French Beurre Blanc, is a wonderful addition to most seafood — especially grilled or smoked fish.

Today’s recipe for lemon butter sauce uses the addition of capers to give it a nice tang, and I’ve added just a hint of coconut milk. It’s a faintly tropical beurre blanc sauce that was inspired by one of our visits to Hawaii.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s also delicious served atop a Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict.

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Lemon Butter Sauce (Beurre Blanc)

Chef Jason Hill prepares a Butter Sauce, also known as Beurre Blanc,in this episode of "Chef Tips." Served in France and finer restaurants, this sauce is a wonderful addition to most seafood dishes. This lemon butter sauce uses the addition of capers to give it a nice tang, and I've added just a hint of coconut milk. It's a faintly tropical beurre blanc sauce that goes really well on grilled fish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Servings 20

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk (or sub with heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 lbs. softened butter cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice optional

Instructions
 

  • Combine wine, chives, onion and juice from the 1 lemon in a sauce pot over medium heat. Stir until the butter sauce recipe reduces by half.
  • Stir in coconut milk and heavy cream to wine butter sauce. Simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Lower flame to very low heat. With a wire whisk, quickly stir in softened butter, a little at a time, until all of the butter is incorporated.
  • Pour the butter cream sauce through a mesh strainer.
  • Season the white wine butter sauce with salt to your taste, followed by the capers and additional lemon juice if desired.
  • Spoon a little sauce over your grilled fish. This makes up enough for at least 20 pieces of fish. Whatever you don’t use can be frozen. To thaw, simply reheat in pan and whisk well.

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Keyword fish, lemon, sauces

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