• Servings 1 1/2 cups
  • Prep 10 min
  • Cook 10-12 min
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Beurre Blanc Sauce


  • 3 large shallots, diced
  • 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 and 1/4 cups dry white wine
  • 2 and 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 tbs tarragon or dill (optional)
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Beurre blanc is a classic French butter sauce and it’s composed of a shallot reduction, butter, white wine and white wine vinegar. This sauce is very versatile and especially good with grilled lobster, shrimp and chicken. In order to get a perfect emulsion you must take care when adding the butter by moving the pan on and off the heat.


  • Mince shallots, place in a sauce pan with the vinegar and white wine and bring to a boil, uncovered.
  • Reduce the liquid to about 6 tbs..About 10 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid into a small sauce pan.
  • Over very low heat, whisk in the butter a piece at a time, occasionally moving the pan back and forth from the heat as the emulsion forms.Make sure each piece is thoroughly incorporated before adding the next.
  • When all the butter has been added, season with salt and pepper and add the herbs if desired.

Note:  Although this is not classical, if you would like the sauce to be extra creamy add a few tbs of  heavy cream.

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