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An Easy Beurre Blanc Recipe aka White Wine Butter Sauce

Watch the video to find out the technique to make a quick and easy beurre blanc sauce (aka white wine butter sauce). Chef Michael Heaps shows how to prepare a delicious beurre blanc and Madeline Puckette tells us about what kinds of white wines to buy to make the best beurre blanc.

Beurre Blanc Ingredients List

  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1-2 oz. (1/4 cup) white wine
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes (one stick)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of heavy cream (so sauce wont ‘break’)
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • splash of canola oil (for sauteing shallots)


How to Make Beurre Blanc

Use a small pan at medium high heat. Coat the pan with a little oil and saute the shallots. Gently release the flavors of the shallots in the pan without browning. Next pour in wine (about 1/4 cup) and reduce to just barely wet. Pour in cream and reduce until thick. Pull pan from heat and add pats of butter while whisking or turning the pan. Make sure that the temperature doesn’t get above 130° F as it will cause the butter to separate. If the sauce separates or “breaks” it will lose its thickness from the emulsion. So to control the temperature, pull the pan on and off the heat while whisking. Add salt and pepper to taste. Done!

Côté Est is a white wine made with grenache blanc, chardonnay and marsanne
cote est is a white wine made with grenache blanc, chardonnay and marsanne

Selecting a Wine For Beurre Blanc

The key to creating a perfect sauce is having balance of acid, fat and seasoning. A wine with higher acidity won’t require you to use additional lemon juice to reach the balance. Since you can taste the wine in the food, pick a decent wine and pair it with dinner. The beurre blanc recipe calls for 2 ounces, there’s plenty more to enjoy!

When I select a cooking wine, I look for a value wine (wine under $10) such as Côté Est from Catalan in the Langeudoc Rousillon wine region on the France & Spain border. Cote Est is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne. The Grenache Blanc adds acidity to the blend, while chardonnay and marsanne add lemon notes and body. The wine is not too complex, however it pairs really nicely with the sauce and tastes great with food.

Other Great Value White Wines for Cooking Beurre Blanc

  • Trebbiano from d’Abruzzo, Italy
  • Ugni Blanc from Southern France
  • Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne) from the Loire Valley, France
  • Chenin blanc (dry style) such as Saumur from the Loire Valley, France
  • Albarino from Spain
  • Vihno Verde from Portugal
  • Vermentino from Sardegna

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AboutMadeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly