Lemon Butter Sauce

This rich, flavorful lemon butter sauce is delicious on pasta, roasted veggies, and more. Made with 5 ingredients, it comes together in minutes.

Lemon butter sauce

Earlier this spring, I started making this lemon butter sauce to serve with steamed artichokes. Since then, I’ve started serving it with so much more – pasta, roasted veggies, couscous. It’s deliciously buttery and rich, with a bright, savory flavor from lemon juice and garlic. You only need 5 ingredients to make it, and it comes together in less than 5 minutes. I mean, why not drizzle it over everything?

Lemon butter sauce recipe ingredients

Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe Ingredients

You only need 5 ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Butter, of course! I recommend using unsalted butter here. That way, you have complete control over the seasoning. If you use salted butter, or if you make this recipe with vegan butter, omit the salt and season to taste.
  • Fresh lemon juice – Its bright flavor cuts the butter’s richness.
  • Garlic – For savory depth of flavor.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Bowl of artichoke pasta

How to Use Lemon Butter Sauce

Once you have this lemon butter sauce recipe in your back pocket, have fun experimenting with different ways to use it. It’s amazingly versatile, and I think you’ll find that it tastes great on all sorts of dishes. Here are a few serving suggestions to get you started:

How do you like to serve this lemon sauce? Let me know in the comments!

Lemon butter sauce recipe

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If you love this recipe, try one of these easy sauces next:

Lemon Butter Sauce

rate this recipe:
5 from 20 votes
Cook Time: 5 mins
Serves 4
This lemon garlic butter sauce is rich, flavorful, and SO easy to make! Serve it on pasta, couscous, roasted veggies, and more.


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional


  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the garlic and salt and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice. Season with freshly ground pepper and sprinkle with parsley and red pepper flakes, if using.
  • Serve with steamed artichokes for dipping or toss with pasta. See the blog post above for additional serving suggestions.


Make this recipe vegan by using vegan butter. Because vegan butter is already salted, omit the salt, and season to taste. 


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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Anna

    I bought lobster ravioli at Costco and forgot to get jar sauce. This was perfect, I already had all the ingredients, so no last minute run to the store and it was delicious. Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved the sauce!

  2. P. F.

    I found 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to be way to much. I had to add another stick of butter and it is still strong.

  3. Emma

    Yum! Made this sauce and served it with a chicken mignon, steamed cabbage and sweet potato mash. Delish!

  4. Rod

    5 stars
    Great simple delicious recipe!

    Maybe add the note that the garlic might turn blue because of the acidity from the lemon. Just looked that up cause all my garlic had a blue hue!

  5. Janette Kondra

    5 stars
    Delicious- I poached cod in the sauce and I was perfect.

  6. Carmine Bucci

    5 stars
    Simple but a winner to prepare and taste

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Janie Stech

    5 stars
    I’m thinking over baked fish

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