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Pouring lemon garlic butter sauce over chicken on a white dish with lemon slices

Creamy 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 sauce, lemon butter sauce recipe, lemon garlic butter sauce, sauce recipes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 546kcal
Author Isabel Laessig


  • 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.
    Melting butter and cooking garlic in a skillet
  • Cook garlic down for 2-3 minutes, then squeeze in lemon juice.
    Squeezing lemon into a skillet with garlic and butter
  • Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, before adding white wine (or chicken broth). Stir.
    Pouring white wine into a skillet to make lemon butter sauce
  • Simmer down for 2-3 minutes, then add in remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.
    Lemon butter sauce cooking in a skillet
  • Slowly stir in the heavy cream, and mix well. Serve, and enjoy!
    Pouring heavy cream into the skillet with lemon, butter, garlic, and white wine



  • 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