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Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

The best ever Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce ! Especially great served over, or stirred through, seafood and rice as well. Quick, easy, no-fuss recipe.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

I have to admit we really miss going to one or two of our favorite restaurants these days. One of them is a seafood restaurant and their Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce is to die for delicious !

So what to do when you are craving certain foods and it is not avalable ?  Create your own of course !

I do think I have mastered this Sauce to be the closest to the restaurant’s quality seafood sauce.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

It is up to you whether to thicken the sauce at the end or enjoy without thickening.  We have the sauce both ways.

Grilled large Mozambique Prawns on a layer of spiced (or flavored) rice and drizzled with the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce is heavenly !

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Seafood sauces are not all that common in our grocery stores, therefore this recipe is a keeper. It is very similar to my Mussels in Lemon Sauce, but I have made a change or two for serving over most kinds of seafood.

Seafood that goes well with the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce :

  • Prawns / Shrimp
  • Fish – just about any type !
  • Calamari (Squid) – fried or grilled and especially crumbed / breaded Calamari
  • Lobster
  • Mussels

And these are just a handful of seafood examples !

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Best Lemon juice to use when making the sauce ?

Fresh, fresh always !  There is nothing better than a Lemon sauce made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and most definitely adding the finely grated rind as well.

Be sure to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to use as soon as you are ready to serve your wonderful dish.

The sauce is so quick to make (even quicker if you do not thicken), therefore making it just before serving your meal is perfect.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

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Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Yield: 1 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

The best ever Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce ! Especially great served over, or stirred through, seafood and rice as well. Quick, easy, no-fuss recipe


  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped (optional)
  • 3 teaspoon Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Flakes
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 teaspoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 cup Fresh Cream, (double cream/whipping cream)
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Lemon, large, juice and zest
  • 1/3 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cornflour, optional - to thicken (Cornstarch)


  1. Melt the Butter in a medium skillet – saute the Onion, Garlic and Chili Flakes until soft
  2. Add the White Wine and Fish Sauce - simmer until reduced by two thirds – add the Cream and simmer 2 – 3 minutes
  3. Optional: Pour about 3 tablespoons of the sauce in a cup - stir in the Cornflour until smooth and add back to the sauce - simmer, stirring continuously for another minute until thickened
  4. Remove from heat – season to taste with Salt and Black Pepper – stir through the Lemon Juice, finely grated Zest and Parsley
  5. Serve immediately
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 1/4 cup Serving Size 1 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 1419Total Fat 110gSaturated Fat 69gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 33gCholesterol 330mgSodium 1296mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 6gSugar 44gProtein 11g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Nicholas Dover

Thursday 7th of October 2021

This looks very similar to the way Carrabba's shrimp scampi sauce looks and it looks good!

Linda Nortje

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Let me know when you try the sauce, Nicholas ! It sure is very good


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Loved this sauce ! It was stupendous

Linda Nortje

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I am glad you loved the sauce, Olga ! You can use it over/in any type of seafood :-)

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