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Lemon Caper Butter Sauce
See how to make a simple, classic French butter sauce with lemon and capers. See more
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Lemon Caper Butter Sauce

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"This simple lemon caper butter sauce is the perfect accompaniment to sauteed sole."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Crush capers in a small bowl with the back of a spoon.
  2. Melt 1/2 teaspoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until the butter foams and is golden; saute capers until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add lemon juice, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring frequently, until liquid is reduced by one-third, 1 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir cold butter and savory into lemon mixture, stirring constantly until butter is completely melted and sauce is shiny and thick, about 1 minute.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 02, 2014

Very lemony, so next time I will be cutting lemon juice at least in half and compensating with butter. But the flavor of the sauteed carpers in the butter sauce was amazing!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2014

This is just one serving but has a crazy amount of butter and lemon. I love lemons and capers so I just tried it as a late night snack to go over gnocchi...well it was horrible I hate to say. The juice of two lemons for one serving was way overpowering. I had to redo it with some broth and herbs to make several servings. Wanted to like it but couldn't. Sorry. I usually like this chef's recipes.

Mar 26, 2015

Waaaaayyyyyy too much lemon! Cut lemon in half or more. Otherwise, simple to make.

Mar 20, 2015

I thought this had about the right balance between butter and lemon juice, and the capers added nice undertone to the thing.

Feb 23, 2015

Mine was way too salty. Tried doctoring to no avail. I have reread the recipe and am perplexed. Everyone else found the sauce to lemony - that wasn't my problem. I love capers, lemon and butter and yet this was a total failure.

Jan 04, 2015

Way too lemony for my taste.

Dec 28, 2014

A wee bit to lemony for me, but love the capers so did enjoy it. Will cut back on the lemon next time...

Aug 07, 2014

Wow, way too lemony. I don't mind lots of butter but it was too tangy for my taste but my bf liked it. I think next time I will mix some sour cream in it for a milder flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 269 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 25.8 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 10.9 g
  • 44%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 827 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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