Easy Garlic Butter Sauce

This homemade garlic butter sauce recipe is super simple to make and absolutely irresistible. Perfect served over anything from fish and seafood to pasta and vegetables.

Easy Garlic Butter Sauce

We all need a few fail-safe sauce recipes in our recipe repertoire that turn boring everyday ingredients into showstoppers. This garlic butter sauce is exactly that. All you need is 5 simple ingredients and you have a sauce so delicious, it will make anything taste better.

Ingredients needed

  • Fresh garlic cloves. I usually use my micro plain to mince the garlic but you can use a garlic crusher or a sharp knife too.
  • Butter. I used salted butter but unsalted butter can also be used.
  • Fresh lemon juice. 
  • Fresh parsley. Other fresh herbs like oregano, sage, thyme or chives will also be delicious.
  • Salt and black pepper.
Garlic butter sauce with fish and broccolini

How to make garlic butter sauce

Making garlic butter sauce goes fast so have all your ingredients prepped before you start. In a medium pan or small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic, lemon juice and parsley. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic has softened but take care not to allow it to brown as this will cause a bitter taste. Season the sauce with a pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

 Serving ideas

This easy garlic butter sauce is so versatile. My favorite ways of serving it is over seared fish and with seafood like shrimp or lobster but it’s equally delicious with steak, pork and chicken or stirred through al dente pasta. It’s also a game changer when served with vegetables.

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  2. Rosemary lemon chicken thighs
  3. Grilled shrimp
Easy Garlic Butter Sauce

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Garlic butter sauce

Easy Garlic butter sauce

This homemade garlic butter sauce recipe is super simple to make and absolutely irresistible. Perfect served over fish and seafood.x
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: French
Keyword: butter garlic sauce, garlic butter sauce, lemon garlic butter sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 6 -8 people


  • 1 cup butter
  • 4-6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a small saucepan or frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and allow to melt.
  • Once melted, add the minced garlic, lemon juice and chopped parsley and cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic has softened. Watch it closely as the garlic can quickly burn and become bitter.
  • Season the sauce with salt and pepper then serve.



Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.03mg

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