Classic Beurre Blanc Recipe
Change up any meal you can think of with this delicious lemon beurre blanc sauce. It really does enhance any meal you can think of!
Beurre Blanc is a classic French sauce translated as “white butter.” Decadent and rich, serve it over meats and pasta dishes.
Let start by saying I am not a classically trained French cook by any means. I’m just a lady in a kitchen and cooking makes me happy. Do you know what else makes me happy? White butter, also known as beurre blanc.
Beurre blanc sauce is a hot butter sauce mixture made up of white wine, lemon juice, shallots, and butter that is slowly melted a little bit at the time.
Of the classic sauces, beurre blanc is by far my favorite. Versatile and perfect for chicken, seafood, beef, pasta, and vegetables, there really isn’t anything beurre blanc doesn’t taste good on.
The only drawback to making beurre blanc is that it tastes best fresh. It isn’t a “make-ahead sauce”. In fact, it tastes best right after the butter gets whisked in.
It’s a good thing this recipe only takes 25 minutes so you don’t have to expend too much time or energy to whip up this delicious white wine butter sauce.
The trick to making a good beurre blanc is low to medium heat and continuously stirring to prevent the sauce from separating, making for a perfect emulsion.
Shallots and seasoning add flavor and are filtered out for a silky smooth sauce. Some people prefer to use an immersion blender to smooth it out, but I can still taste a little mealier texture, so I prefer to strain.
If you are super sensitive to that type of thing, you can strain and use an immersion blender.
One of my favorite recipes to serve beurre blanc on is Crab Imperial Filet Mignon and Broiled Lobster Tails, but drizzle it on anything for a delicious and decadent meal! Steak Frites with beurre blanc is also a favorite!
Make sure you experiment with different meal combinations, you might just surprise yourself by creating top-notch meals!
If you enjoyed this white wine butter sauce, make sure you check out these other easy sauce recipes:
- Cumberland Sauce
- Balsamic Reduction Sauce
- Coconut Curry Sauce
- Avocado Green Goddess
- Mushroom Sauce for Steak
- Easy Horseradish Sauce
- Turkey Gravy
Questions you might have about how to make beurre blanc sauce:
Can I make beurre blanc ahead of time? Yes! Make it up to a day ahead of time and reheat when ready to use.
My sauce seems too thin, what can I do? If you want a really thick sauce, add 1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot to a small amount of the sauce and then whisk. Add this to the rest of the sauce and whisk again. Beurre blanc isn’t meant to be a super thick sauce.
My sauce is too thick, how do I think it? Add a small amount of water or additional cream.
Can I use salted butter? You can, but then you won’t have as much control over the saltiness of your sauce and I highly recommend omitting the fine sea salt. If it is too salty, there isn’t much you can do to fix it.
Can I freeze beurre blanc sauce? You sure can! Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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Beurre Blanc Sauce
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 medium shallot minced
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes
- In a medium saucepan, bring white wine, lemon juice and shallot to a low simmer.
- Whisk in fine sea salt, white pepper and cream. Bring to a low simmer.
- Slowly whisk in butter, just a few cubes at a time until fully melted. Sauce will thicken. If you don’t keep the temperature low and whisk continuously, the sauce will separate.
- Pour sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove large pieces of seasoning or shallot. Serve immediately.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!