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Red Lobster Butter Sauce Recipe

Looking for a delicious melted butter sauce but not sure where to begin?

Then this Red Lobster Butter sauce recipe is for you. It uses just a few simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make at home.

After all, Red Lobster knows a thing or two about making a great-tasting butter sauce. They’ve been serving their addictive sauce to happy customers for over 50 years.

And their secret ingredient?

White wine.

The wine deepens and intensifies its flavor, creating a rich and delicious butter sauce that goes great with much more than just seafood.

You’ll love this sauce served with grilled veggies, tossed with pasta, or drizzled over a juicy mouthwatering steak.

So read on for a delicious Red Lobster Butter sauce recipe that you can have ready in a matter of minutes.

What Do You Need To Make Red Lobster Butter Sauce


Unsalted Butter

I always recommend using unsalted butter when making sauces. Unsalted butter has a higher fat content than salted butter: more fat means more flavor.

Fresh Garlic

Enhances the flavor of the butter and lemon juice. You can substitute garlic powder. However, make sure you don’t use garlic salt, which will overpower your sauce.

Dry White Wine (Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc)

The complex flavor of white wine deepens and intensifies the flavor of the butter sauce.

However, don’t use a sweet white, or your sauce will taste funny.

Lemon Juice 

The lemon juice cuts through the fat in the butter to balance out the sauce.

If at all possible, use fresh lemon.

If you don’t have access to fresh lemons, you can use two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice instead.

For more zing, you can add some lemon zest.

Fresh Parsley

Adds flavor and a spot of color to your butter sauce.

In a pinch, you can use dried parsley instead, but the sauce won’t have the same fresh flavor.

Coarse Sea Salt

The salt unlocks the other flavors, but be sure you taste it, so you don’t over-season your butter sauce.

You can also use kosher salt.

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Gives the butter sauce a little kick.


  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk or spoon

How To Make Red Lobster Butter Sauce

Step One: First, peel and finely mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and set them aside.

Step Two: Next, melt one stick of butter in a medium saucepan. Once melted, add the minced garlic and saute for a couple of minutes until the butter has browned slightly and the garlic has a fragrant smell.

Step Three: Then, add the remaining butter to the saucepan and allow it to melt. Add the parsley, salt, and black pepper and reduce the heat to low.

Step Four: In a separate container, combine the white wine and lemon juice and slowly pour the liquid into the butter mixture while stirring. Go slow so the butter sauce can incorporate the wine mixture without breaking.

Step Five: Allow your sauce to simmer under low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step Six: Keep the heat low, and don’t over-stir to prevent your sauce from separating.

Serve hot, and enjoy!

Other Things To Consider When Making Red Lobster Butter Sauce

You Can Customize Your Red Lobster Butter Sauce Recipe

The great thing about this Red Lobster Butter sauce recipe is that you can add other ingredients to create new flavors.

For example, I like to add a teaspoon of ground paprika to give it some exotic flavor.

If you like heat, spice it up with ground cayenne or red pepper flakes.

Or deepen the flavor by adding chopped fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or rosemary.

Adding a little lemon zest will give your butter sauce more zing.

For a Mexican-style butter sauce, substitute lime juice for the lemon and fresh cilantro for the parsley.

This version pairs well with spicy grilled meats, chicken, and seafood.

You’re only limited by your imagination, so have fun experimenting and trying out some different variations.

What Can I Eat With Red Lobster Butter Sauce

Red Lobster Butter sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for juicy sweet lobster, crab, or shrimp. But its rich flavor goes with so much more than just seafood.

  • Try it drizzled over grilled vegetables or roasted red potatoes.
  • Add some more white wine and chicken broth for a delicious shrimp scampi.
  • The perfect sauce to add extra flavor to grilled meats and chicken.
  • Toss with pasta for a quick and delicious mid-week meal.
  • I like to add some fresh rosemary and brush it over grilled salmon.
  • This Red Lobster Butter sauce recipe pairs well with a chilled chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.

Make As Much or As Little As You Need

This Red Lobster Butter sauce recipe makes approximately two cups of sauce. Perfect for between 8-10 portions.

But you can cut the amount in half for a more intimate get-together.

Or double it up for a blowout party.

Extra sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Or keep it in the freezer for up to three months.

I like to pour my extra sauce into ice cube trays.

That way, I can pop one out whenever I’m in the mood for some delicious flavor without the extra work.

Yield: Yield: 2 cups of sauce (approx 10 servings)

Red Lobster Butter Sauce Recipe

Red Lobster Butter Sauce

This satisfying melted butter sauce uses just a few ingredients and is quick and easy to make. Plus it takes just like the real thing!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 3 ounces of dry white wine
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  1. Peel and finely mince the garlic, chop the parsley, and then set aside.
  2. Next, melt one stick of butter in a medium saucepan under low to medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the freshly minced garlic.
  3. Saute the garlic in the butter until the butter has slightly browned and the garlic has a fragrant smell.
  4. Add the remaining butter and allow to melt, stirring occasionally. Then add the parsley, coarse sea salt, and ground black pepper to the butter mixture and reduce the heat to low.
  5. Combine the white wine and lemon juice in a measuring cup and slowly pour the liquid into the butter sauce while stirring.
  6. Allow the butter sauce to simmer for approx 10 minutes, occasionally stirring to combine the flavors. Be sure to keep the heat low, or you risk separating the sauce.
  7. Taste your sauce, and feel free to add more salt or pepper to suit your taste.
  8. Serve hot, and enjoy!


  • Add a pinch (or two) of cayenne pepper to give your butter sauce a little heat.
  • Add fresh thyme, oregano, or rosemary.
  • Substitute cilantro for the parsley and lime juice for the lemon for a more intense flavor that pairs well with Mexican-style grilled seafood and chicken.
  • Add some lemon zest to give your sauce some zing.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 32gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0.5g
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