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Butter Sauces

Butter sauces range from simple melted butter preparations like Beurre noisette ("brown butter") and simple emulsified sauces like Beurre blanc ("white butter"), to more complex emulsified sauces such as Hollandaise and Béarnaise.

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Here's a basic recipe for Hollandaise sauce, a wonderfully rich, lemony and buttery sauce that goes with eggs, vegetables and poached fish.

Béarnaise Sauce Recipe
Bearnaise is a rich, buttery, aromatic sauce featuring shallots, tarragon and crushed black peppercorns. Bearnaise is typically served with grilled steak.

Beurre Blanc Sauce Recipe
Beurre blanc is a simple butter-based emulsified sauce that is delicious with practically any fish or seafood.

Beurre Rouge (Red Butter Sauce)
Beurre rouge is a simple butter-based emulsified sauce made by incorporating butter into a reduction of red wine.

Shrimp Butter Recipe
Shrimp Butter is one of many common variations on Matre d'Htel Butter or "compound butter," where a flavoring or seasoning ingredient is added to the butter.

How To Make Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise sauce is a wonderfully rich, lemony and buttery sauce. This illustrated tutorial guides you through making hollandaise sauce, one step at a time.

Lemon Herb Butter
This lemon herb butter will transform a simple grilled steak into something truly memorable. All you need is butter, lemon juice and fresh herbs.

Shallot Butter Recipe
Shallot Butter is one of many common variations on Maître d'Hôtel Butter or "compound butter," where a flavoring or seasoning ingredient is added to the butter.

Blue Cheese Butter Recipe
Blue cheese butter is another simple compound butter which is especially delicious served atop a grilled steak.

Chive Butter Recipe
Chive Butter is one of many common variations on Maître d'Hôtel Butter or "compound butter," where a flavoring or seasoning ingredient is added to the butter.

Garlic Butter Recipe
Garlic Butter is one of many common variations on Maître d'Hôtel Butter or "compound butter," where a flavoring or seasoning ingredient is added to the butter.

Anchovy Butter Recipe
Anchovy Butter is one of many common variations on Maître d'Hôtel Butter or "compound butter," where a flavoring or seasoning ingredient is added to the butter.

Help Making Hollandaise Sauce
A reader writes in with a question about making Hollandaise. It seems that a once-reliable recipe has stopped working. Read Danilo's advice to her.

Help Making Beurre Blanc
From the Culinary Arts Mailbag, a reader has a question about what type of butter is best for making beurre blanc sauce. Read Danilo's advice.

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