Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood Recipe

Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood Recipe

How To Make Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce for Seafood

Perfect for seafood dishes, this creamy, rich, and buttery Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce is loaded with flavor from butter, lemon juice, and sherry.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • ½cupclam juice,or chicken stock
  • ½cupdry sherry
  • ½cupwhole milk,or 3 tbsp cream with 5 tbsp of water
  • 1tbspgarlic,minced
  • 1tbspshallots,minced
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1tbspunsalted butter
  • 1tbspflour
  • lbunsalted butter,(2 sticks)
  • ½tspsalt
  • ½tspwhite pepper
  • 1tbsplemon juice


  1. Place the clam juice, sherry, whole milk, garlic, shallots, bay leaf in a small saucepan.

  2. Heat on medium-high heat and let simmer until the liquids have reduced by about ½.

  3. In a separate saucepan of 1-qt minimum size, heat 1 tablespoon of butter in the saucepan on medium heat until it is foamy.

  4. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring for a couple of minutes with a metal whisk until well mixed. It must be tan, but not browned.

  5. Slowly add the reduced mixture to the roux, stirring quickly to incorporate. When adding some of the mixture, the roux will bubble up. Just keep adding the mixture and keep whisking to incorporate.

  6. Lower the heat to low. Remove the bay leaf.

  7. Slowly whisk in the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time. Let the butter tablespoons fully melt and be incorporated into the sauce before adding more tablespoons.

  8. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and white pepper. Add some more clam stock or water if the sauce is too thick.

  9. Serve over seafood, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Use whole milk or cream with water. Do not use low-fat milk or the sauce may curdle.


  • Calories: 7830.75kcal
  • Fat: 851.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 538.68g
  • Trans Fat: 34.15g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 220.54g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 32.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.59g
  • Fiber: 1.84g
  • Sugar: 12.62g
  • Protein: 28.86g
  • Cholesterol: 2258.35mg
  • Sodium: 3079.65mg
  • Calcium: 508.14mg
  • Potassium: 706.44mg
  • Iron: 9.80mg
  • Vitamin A: 7213.44µg
  • Vitamin C: 14.83mg
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