White wine sauce recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 5 min
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 259 kCal 13%
Fat 23g 33%
Carbohydrates 11g 13%
  -  of which Sugars 1g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Salt 0.7g 12%
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  • Make this white wine sauce to accompany white meat, fish or seafood.

    This white wine sauce recipe will make enough sauce for six people and takes only 20 mins to prepare and cook. We add double cream and a dollop of mustard to our sauce for a smoother consistency (and a little kick). It is best served fresh on the day you make it but can be reused, just gently reheat on the hob before serving. Our favourite cut of meat to serve this classic sauce with is chicken – but it’s also great on haddock or cod. Serve with heaps of spring greens and new potatoes.


    • 25g (1oz) butter
    • 2 shallots, diced
    • 1tbsp fresh thyme
    • 300ml (10fl oz) white wine
    • 250ml (9fl oz) fresh double cream
    • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
    • Squeeze of lemon juice


    • Melt the butter in a pan and gently fry the shallots and thyme for a few mins or until the onion is soft but not coloured.

    • Add the wine, bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 10 mins or until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the cream and mustard and warm through thoroughly.

    • Add a squeeze of lemon juice and some black pepper. Strain into a jug and serve.

    Top tips for making white wine sauce

    Experiment by adding more of your favourite herbs, such as parsley or oregano.

    How do you thicken a white wine sauce?

    If your white wine sauce needs thickening, stir half a teaspoon of corn starch with a tablespoon of cold water in a glass or ramekin. When it is lump-free, add to the sauce and stir continuously until it thickens to your desired consistency. This is a good trick for thickening most types of sauce.

    Which wine is best to use in a white wine sauce?

    Dry wine is best to use in a white wine sauce. We'd recommend a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. You could also choose a low calorie wine if you want to cut the calories down.

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