Beurre blanc sauce

Beurre blanc sauce
Beurre blanc sauce is a great classic of French cuisine, made with vinegar, white wine and shallots. It is a wonderful accompaniment for fish and shellfish.
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Last modified on: February 2nd 2012

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Beurre blanc sauce
Peel, rinse and chop 40 g shallot very finely.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
Beurre blanc sauce
Pour 60 ml dry white wine and 40 ml white (spirit) vinegar into a saucepan on medium heat. Salt and pepper, then add the chopped shallot.

Bring to the boil and leave to reduce gently by 3/4, until very little liquid is left.

You can add 2 tablespoons liquid cream at this stage, which is not essential, but - apparently - this is the secret of a successful beurre blanc.

Stage 3
Beurre blanc sauce
Turn down the heat and begin incorporating 250 g butter (very cold) gradually in small pieces, beating continuously.

Stage 4
Beurre blanc sauce
Only add more butter once the previous pieces have melted.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Beurre blanc sauce
Continue until all the butter has been incorporated and you have a smooth sauce.

Check seasoning.

Stage 6
Beurre blanc sauce
Beurre blanc can be kept hot for a few minutes at 50°C (122°F), but not too long.

Serve in a sauce boat or on the plates.
For a smoother sauce, you can finish the sauce by passing it through a fine strainer or sieve, to eliminate the bits of shallot, or use a blender.
And to drink?
A dry white wine with a small acidity like Muscadet for example.
A few minutes.
Nicolas's BEP cookery textbook.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,022 Kcal or 8,466 Kj3 gr9 gr219 gr
101 %1 %1 %33 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
518 Kcal or 2,169 Kj1 gr2 gr56 gr
26 %<1 %<1 %9 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 250 g : 2.25 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Warm white bean salad with smoked trout, Spinach on toast with bechamel, Cigarettes Russes (Piroulines), Brioche dough, Apple custard tart, ... All
Dry white wineDry white wine: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tartiflette, How to prepare cockles, Rabbit with mustard, Purple artichokes braised in white wine, Filet mignon with asparagus, ... All
White (spirit) vinegarWhite (spirit) vinegar: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: How to prepare broccoli, Pickled gherkins, Sautéed chicken with leeks, Poached eggs, Mackerel Fillets in White Wine, ... All
ShallotShallot: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cauliflower curry, Hachis parmentier, Panzanella, Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie, Mushroom Pancakes au Gratin, ... All
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