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Making this lemon garlic butter sauce recipe is so easy, and it’s the perfect topping for all kinds of vegetables and meats. We pour it all over our Copycat LongHorn Steakhouse Broccoli, but the ways to use this sauce seem endless.

Lemon butter garlic sauce in a bowl with chunks of garlic and parsley in the sauce

My lemon garlic drizzle is a buttery sauce made from just a couple of fresh ingredients. It has a bright, lemony flavor that makes just about everything taste better. It’s one of our favorite ways to serve seafood (pour it over crab legs or lobster tails – YUM!) and even tastes great on chicken breast or steak.

I like making this garlic butter sauce when I have company, too, because that way, if someone isn’t thrilled about a vegetable I served, they can generously pour over this simple garlic butter recipe to a flavor-filled win.

When it comes to veggies, you can replicate that restaurant-quality flavor by serving this over my Longhorn Steakhouse Broccoli. Green beans and asparagus are taken to a whole different level when sauteed in this sauce, and it can even convince your husband to eat up his Brussels sprouts.

This Sauce Will Become A Favorite

  • The perfect trinity: First of all, lemon and garlic are just a heavenly combination. Add in plenty of butter, and it just doesn’t get any better than that! 
  • Easy upscale sauce: This sauce is a little fancy and can dress up meals like tilapia and give steamed veggies lots of flavor, but it’s also perfect to spice up a midweek meal. You can pour it over spaghetti or dip your pizza crust in it! 
  • Make it in a snap: Plus, it takes just a few minutes to make, and the recipe uses fresh ingredients, butter, lemon, garlic, and parsley, for a bright and vibrant flavor that tastes homemade.

Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce Ingredients

To make this very simple homemade lemon butter sauce with garlic, you’ll need:

Ingredients for lemon garlic butter fresh parsley garlic lemon salt butter and olive oil
  • Butter – You’ll need a whole stick of butter for this recipe. Good quality butter always tastes better in sauces. You can also substitute ghee.
  • Olive oil – I prefer olive oil, but other high-quality oils, like avocado, will work.
  • Minced garlic – You can mince your own garlic or use minced from a jar. I always love fresh, but using jarred garlic makes this recipe even quicker. If you use jarred, you’ll need about 3 tsp for this recipe. Add a bit of extra oil from the jar for an extra 
  • Fresh parsley – Choose bright, vibrant green parsley. Cut off the stems and just use the leafy part for this sauce.
  • Lemon – Choose a bright yellow, juicy lemon without too many marks on the outside since you’ll use the peel to make lemon zest, too.

📝 Note: You can find the full recipe with ingredients and measurements in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

​How do I mince garlic cloves for the sauce?

To mince fresh garlic easily, remove the cloves from the bulb. Lay them on a cutting board and use the side of a knife to press down on them, one at a time. This should loosen the skin. Remove the skin, then cut off any hard ends of the cloves. Discard. Now again, use the flat side of the knife to press down onto the garlic cloves. They should break open and flatten out. Then, chop them up as fine as possible. Alternatively, if you have a garlic chopper like the one I use, you can just peel the garlic and trim off the hard ends, then squeeze the cloves through the press. 

Small mincer used to cut garlic a bowl full of garlic on a cutting board

How to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce (Step-By-Step)

  1. Turn off the heat and move the pan to a cool burner. The flavors will infuse while the mixture cools. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Gina’s Tips

  • Make sure you prepare your ingredients before you begin to make your sauce. Mince the garlic. Chop the parsley. Grate and juice your lemons.
  • I wouldn’t recommend it, but in a pinch, you can replace fresh garlic with minced garlic from a jar.
  • I highly recommend you use fresh lemon juice to make this recipe, not the stuff in the yellow bottle!
  • Other additions you may enjoy are freshly cracked black pepper and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Lemon garlic butter in an old blue Skillet that has been cooked with a spoon dipping out The Buttery garlic pieces

Can I make this sauce creamy?

Creamy garlic lemon butter sauce is also really yummy, especially on ribbon pasta like fettuccine. It’s easy to turn this great sauce into a creamy version. Just add half and half, whole milk, or heavy cream as you return the pan to the heat in step 4.

You’ll need to heat it longer to make sure the cream heats through. Whisk the whole time. Keep in mind, the cream will lessen the taste of the lemon, so you may want to adjust quantities for your tastes.

What To Serve Lemon Garlic Butter With

This sauce is so vertical. I love it over veggies such as broccoli and mashed potatoes or shrimp, scallops, crab legs, and especially lobster. It’s perfect tossed with any type of pasta.

How to Store Leftovers

Don’t you dare throw away any of that yummy buttery sauce! It will taste even better tomorrow. Here’s how to store leftovers:

  • In the fridge –  Pour any leftover sauce into a small container with a tight lid and refrigerate. Your sauce will taste good for 3-4 days if covered well.
  • In the freezer –  Pour the leftover sauce into ice cube trays. You can also portion out a larger batch into ice cube trays to grab a bit of sauce whenever you want! Freeze for 2-3 months. Let your sauce thaw in the fridge before using it in your next recipe.
  • How to reheat – You’ll want to warm up your leftover butter sauce slowly. Otherwise, the ingredients might separate. Place the garlic butter in a saute pan over low heat and let it gently raise in temperature. As it gets hot, you can slowly increase the heat on your stove, too.
  • How to use up leftovers –  You can reheat this sauce anytime you want to use it! It will be as delicious as it was the first time around. Great sauce for a quick dinner veggie topping.

Need a big batch to feed a crowd? You can easily change the number of servings in the recipe card below by tapping 2x or 3x. The ingredient measurements will automatically double or triple. You can then tap print and there you have it, a recipe for a crowd.

Make It For A Dinner Party Crowd

This simple recipe is lovely to make as a dipping sauce for warm, crusty bread when you’re having a dinner party. Garlic lovers will all agree: You really can’t go wrong when you serve this over a side dish or in a gravy boat. 

Pair this butter sauce with a seafood dinner and drizzle on air fryer crispy-skinned baked potatoes and slow cooker asparagus.

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Lemon garlic butter sauce in a bowl with fresh garlic lemons and parsley sitting beside it
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How to Make Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce in Minutes!

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
rest: 10 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Who doesn't love the flavors of garlic and lemon, all cooked together in a buttery drizzle? It takes just a couple of minutes to make this savory lemon garlic butter sauce drizzle. Perfect on veggies, seafood, and pasta.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup butter, only use real butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic cloves, about 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh, finely chopped (stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Melt butter with olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
    1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Add garlic cloves to the melted butter and olive oil. Cook the garlic for 30 seconds but don’t let it get brown.
    6 cloves garlic cloves
  • Turn off the heat and move the pan to a cool burner. Let the garlic sit in the mixture for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
  • After 10 minutes, return the pan to the heat.
  • Add finely chopped parsley, lemon zest, salt, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice to the pan.
    1 tablespoon parsley, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whisk the ingredients together for about 30 seconds to ensure a smooth and well-combined sauce.
  • Remove the pan from the heat.


  • Make sure you prepare your ingredients before you begin to make your sauce. Mince the garlic. Chop the parsley. Grate zest and juice your lemon.
  • I wouldn’t recommend it, but in a pinch, you can replace fresh garlic with minced garlic from a jar. 
  • I highly recommend you use fresh lemon juice to make this recipe, not the stuff in the yellow bottle!
  • Other additions you may enjoy are freshly cracked black pepper and fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Cuisine: American
Author: Gina Dickson

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