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Lemon Caper Butter Sauce Recipe

User Rating 3 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Pan fried skate with a butter and caper sauce.
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This lemon caper butter sauce recipe is one of the simplest seafood sauces there is; it's also one of the most delicious! This lemon caper butter sauce is usually served with seafood, but it's also delicious with chicken, veal, or grilled vegetables.

Makes About 3/4 Cup of Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp whole capers, drained
  • 1/2 tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • salt to taste


Add the whole and chopped capers, along with the water and lemon juice into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and reduce by half. Turn the heat down as low as possible. Add a few pieces of the cold butter and whisk vigorously, until the butter blends into the sauce. Add a few more pieces of butter, and repeat. When half the butter has been whisked into the sauce, turn off the heat, and whisk in the rest. Add parsley, and season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.
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 4 out of 5
easy yummy basic, Member orangepeach

This sauce works well and is simple. Taste the sauce and add butter until the super tartness mellows, and the consistency is slightly thicker (vs. where you started) then a pinch/s of salt. Remember, this is going on fish it is not a solo dish if you have difficulty balancing flavor get a small piece of your fish and taste the sauce on the fish. That will give you a feel for where to go with balancing.

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