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Made in less than 10 minutes, Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce transforms a few simple ingredients into a rich, silky sauce that elevates everything from pasta and vegetables to meat, fish and seafood.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce served in a white bowl with a serving spoon on a white marble board

Having a few versatile, creamy sauce recipes up your sleeve is a lifesaver, especially when you need to make a nice dinner fast. This bright, fragrant sauce with a delectably buttery texture is one of those recipes.

Ingredients You Need to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce Ingredients on a white marble board
  • Butter: salted or unsalted butter
  • Olive Oil: ideally good, extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh Garlic: Look for a firm, fresh head of garlic with large cloves and smooth skin.
  • Lemon: Ideally organic as you’ll need both juice and zest.
  • Parsley: Fresh, flat leaf parsley (Italian parsley) – dried parsley is not a good substitute in this dish.
  • Kosher Salt

This sauce shares many similarities with classic creamy sauces in Italian and French cuisines. Sautéing garlic in a rich blend of butter and olive oil creates a deeply flavorful base, but it’s the fresh lemon juice and zest that makes all the difference. A Mediterranean element that lightens the sauce and adds bright flavor and aroma. (Your kitchen will smell amazing). A restaurant-quality lemon garlic butter sauce in 7 minutes flat.

Serve With

Though this vibrant, buttery sauce is ideal for seafood, its uses are endless. Add spark to a side of steamed vegetables or platter of grilled meat, drizzle over a tender fish fillet for an alluring lunch, or toss with your favorite pasta to feed your family fast or for a quick and easy date-night dinner. It’s such a simple recipe that you’ll learn it by heart.

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How to make Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir garlic in sizzling butter and olive oil until fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and zest and fresh parsley. Season to taste with salt and serve.

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

4.67 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Calories: 193
Servings: 6 people
A versatile, buttery and bright sauce to serve with all kinds of vegetables, meats, fish and seafood! Made in less than 10 minutes.


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large lemon juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a small saucepan or skillet over medium heat until sizzling. Add minced garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and juice, and parsley. Season with salt to taste and serve.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Donna Norman says:

    3 stars
    You would think this simple sauce would be very flavorful, but its not.
    Don’t know where I went wrong, but it’s flavorless.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Donna. I’m sorry to hear that this wasn’t what you were hoping for.

    2. Peter Norman says:

      Hey Donna,
      Did you use big cloves of garlic? Mine weren’t all that big so I used eight cloves to make up for size. Adding salt is also crucial to bump up the flavour.

  2. Denise says:

    Can i use a pinch of sugar if i use salted butter..or no need

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Denise! No need to add sugar with salted butter.

  3. Linda says:

    Can I use basil instead of Italian parsley in garlic buttery lemon sauce

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Linda! Sure!

  4. Victoria says:

    5 stars
    So easy, and came out delicious! I put it over a seafood pasta.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Victoria! So glad you’re enjoying the recipe. Perfect pairing with your seafood pasta!

  5. Ohliver says:

    Delicious as is.

    I tried this…Added 4 Tablespoons of heavy cream at the end, and poured it over cooked cubed potatoes, cooked carrots, and sliced fresh scallions. Mixed, then added a sprinkling of fresh flat leaf parsley on top. Delicious too.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Sounds delicious, Ohliver!