Brown Butter Sauce

Brown Butter Sauce

The tart snap of lemon juice in this simple sauce makes it a flavorful accompaniment for grilled or sauteed fish, such as sole.

Author: Nancy Silverton, pastry chef/co-owner La Brea Bakery and Campanile Restaurant, Los Angeles
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 juice of one lemon
  • 4 ounces Butter unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, peeled, trimmed, minced
  • 1 kosher salt to taste
  • 1 black pepper to taste


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt and brown the butter, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, add shallots and lemon juice, and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.