White dish and spoon of mounted garlic butter sauce.

Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Garlic Butter Sauce uses a mounted butter technique to create a beautiful sauce with only a few ingredients.


  • 3 Tbsp. dry white wine (or 2 and 1/2 Tbsp. water and 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of cold butter (1 stick)*
  • 1/8 1/4 tsp. salt to taste


  1. Bring the wine and garlic to a simmer over high heat. Reduce to low and wait for it to stop simmering.
  2. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter at time, whisking continuously until the tablespoon is almost fully melted before adding the next tablespoon.
  3. Continue to whisk and add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking the whole time, adding the next tablespoon just before the previous one melts until a full 1/2 cup of butter has been added.
  4. Remove from heat. Season with salt to taste. 

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*Note that more butter can be added if desired. You can actually add a whole pound. Just keep whisking it in a tablespoon at a time. The garlic and wine or lemon flavors will be diluted if you choose to add more. The amounts given above will give you a nice touch of garlic and of acidity.