How to Thicken Lemon Butter Sauce

By Kathryn Hatter

Cooks with a lemon butter sauce in their recipe repertoire have a versatile and simple way to add drama to a variety of different entrees. Complement fish, vegetables or pasta with a light lemon butter sauce made from white wine, lemon juice and butter. The desired thickness of a lemon-butter sauce can vary depending on how and with what it is served. To thicken a lemon butter sauce takes just a few additional steps. The finished result will be a sauce with your preferred consistency.

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Make a thick and tasty lemon sauce to complement entrees.

Step 1

Melt the butter in the saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the white wine and the lemon juice to the melted butter and stir the ingredients well with the wooden spoon.

Step 3

Simmer the ingredients for about five minutes to blend the flavors and reduce the alcohol from the wine. Simmering will thicken the sauce slightly as the alcohol reduces.

Step 4

Sample the sauce and add salt and white pepper to your taste.

Step 5

Mix the cornstarch with the water to make it smooth.

Step 6

Add the cornstarch mixture to the simmering sauce and stir well.

Step 7

Cook and stir the sauce for about five more minutes until the sauce thickens.

Step 8

Remove the sauce from the heat and use it immediately.