Orange Beurre Blanc Sauce for Seafood

Traditional French Beurre Blanc sauce, with the zest of oranges. Great sauce for seafood dishes.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup.


  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • Salt and white pepper


1 Zest half of one orange (about 2 teaspoons) and juice the two oranges (about 3/4 cup). Put the juice, zest, wine and shallots in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Cook until it is syrupy and almost gone.

2 On low heat, whisk in the butter continuously and vigorously, 1 tablespoon at a time. Butter is the only emulsifier for this sauce, and if you slowly add it, continuously stirring, the sauce will achieve a silky smooth texture. Do not let the sauce boil.

3 Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. Sarah

    This is now my family’s favorite way to eat white fish! I served the sauce over tilapia fillets and it turned out great. Experimented a little using less butter and scallions instead of shallots, since I didn’t have shallots at the time. I like the extra color the green onions provide.

  2. xta

    I’ve made this a few times to put over baked fish, usually cod. It is so delicious and takes only a few minutes to make.

  3. Lauren T

    I made this sauce for the first time for a Valentine’s dinner. I followed the directions exactly serving it over pan-fried tilapia. It was excellent! The consistency, the taste..mmmm it was something you would eat at an upscale restaurant. I will definitely make it again for a classy occasion.

  4. Ralph Craig

    This works best if the butter is cold.