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Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

Creamy lemon butter sauce pairs well with everything from chicken, seafood, and beef, to pasta and veggies! Your family will practically beg you to make this sauce again!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy lemon butter sauce, lemon butter cream sauce, lemon butter sauce, lemon cream sauce
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 546kcal


  • Skillet


  • 1 lemon
  • 6 Tbsp. butter divided into 4 Tbsp. and 2 Tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or half & half
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt 4 Tbsp. butter and add minced garlic.
    Adding garlic to melted butter in pan
  • Cook garlic down for 2-3 minutes, then squeeze in lemon juice.
    Squeezing lemon juice into pan with butter and garlic
  • Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, before adding white wine (or chicken broth). Stir.
    adding white wine to garlic and butter in pan
  • Simmer down for 2-3 minutes, then add in remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.
    melting butter into lemon butter sauce
  • Slowly stir in the heavy cream, and mix well. Serve, and enjoy!
    adding heavy cream to lemon butter sauce



  • Make sure to SLOWLY add the cream to the dish, or it will curdle. This is very important!
  • You can make this recipe low sodium by using unsalted butter and leaving out the salt. 1 cup will have about 25 mg of sodium using unsalted butter.
  • Try adding minced onions, capers, or fresh herbs to mix things up!


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1545IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg