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Sunshine Butter Sauce

Make this sunshine butter sauce in 5 minutes and transform just about anything from boring to fabulous. This recipe is so easy to make, yet it packs a lot of flavor.

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Sunshine Butter Sauce

What is Sunshine Butter Sauce?

It is a scrumptious buttery sauce that goes with so many things. I have had it with vegetables, many different types of meat and seafood, and used it as a dipping sauce. Quickly make this sauce with garlic, butter, honey, parsley, lemon, and a bit of salt. It is a bright tasting sauce with a rich garlic undertone.

Restaurant Style Pork
Restaurant Style Pork

Restaurant Recipe Finish

Often, restaurants use simple sauces to finish off their dishes. Believe me, they have a handful of tried and true recipes that they use all the time. In my time cooking in restaurants, I have picked up a few of their recipes. Each one had their go-to recipes. However, many of their secret sauces are made of simple pantry ingredients and take just minutes to prepare.

Honey Garlic Butter Ingredients
Honey Garlic Butter Ingredients

6 Ingredients and 5 Minutes for This Versatile Sauce

Yes, just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this sauce that pairs so well with pasta, steak, shrimp, salmon, scallops, chicken, or vegetables.

Scallops In Rich Buttery Sauce
Scallops In Rich Buttery Sauce

If you are baking or pan frying your seafood, add your seafood to this sauce and continue to bake or fry. The results are so scrumptious.

I have pan fried beef and pork steaks in a skillet and added the ingredients to this sauce in the last 5 minutes of frying. It deglazes the pan and combines to make a great sauce accompaniment for the meat.

Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken and Pasta
Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken and Pasta

Make 8 ounces of cooked pasta, add some cooked chicken, and mix with this sauce and you will be amazed at the lovely taste. Of course, top off with some shredded cheese, perhaps Parmesan, Romano, Gorgonzola, Asiago, or another favorite.  

Make skewers of meat and vegetables for the grill. Brush this sauce on the top for grilling and make sure to save some for dipping too. Yum.

Dipping Chicken in Sunshine Butter Sauce
Dipping Chicken in Sunshine Butter Sauce

This makes a delicious dip for your meats, seafood, bread, and vegetables too.

Make this Garlic Butter Sauce Recipe in Minutes.

Here are the magical ingredients that come together for amazing flavor that will have you reaching for that piece of bread to mop up the leftover sauce. There is no doubt that garlic butter is magnificent on warm bread

Butter. A good butter is a must in this recipe. I use salted grade A butter. I just add a bit less salt to the end of the recipe.

Honey. We buy our honey locally from a neighbor; however, any honey will work simply fine. Hint: when adding honey to recipes. Spray the measuring container with a bit of spray oil. The honey will slide right out.

Garlic. While freshly minced garlic is best when used in recipes, I sometimes find myself without any and the store is half hour away. Therefore, I have used store bought minced garlic in a jar and it has worked out wonderfully.

Lemon Juice. I have tried this recipe with and without the lemon as I thought it might be too overpowering. However, it really lifts the sauce and adds that perfect brightness. I really like it better with the lemon added.

Parsley. Here I like to use fresh parsley. However, I often purchase the fresh in the store and use it for other recipes. Then freeze the leftovers to keep it fresh. This is a perfect recipe to get out those frozen bags of parsley, chop up the leaves and add to this recipe. Fresh cilantro works well in this recipe too.

Butter, Garlic, Honey Sauce
Butter, Garlic, Honey Sauce

Easy No-Fuss Sunshine Butter Recipe

Use one skillet to melt the butter, add the rest of the ingredients. Cook a few minutes to get all the flavors working together. That is really all there is too this recipe.

Make This Sauce Ahead of Time

This will last in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Just reheat and use in your favorite recipe or as a dip.

Fried Pork Loin with Sauce
Fried Pork Loin with Sauce
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Sunshine Butter Sauce

Make this sunshine butter sauce in 5 minutes and transform just about anything from boring to fabulous. This recipe is so easy to make, yet it packs a lot of flavor.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Gravy, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttery, easy recipe, garlic, restaurant food, Sauce
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 259kcal

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  • 1 cup Butter melted
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 8 cloves Garlic minced or 3 tablespoons of jarred minced
  • 4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt adjust as needed
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley chopped

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  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the honey and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Let it boil a 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice. Cook another minute.
    Butter, Garlic, Honey Sauce
  • Turn off the heat and add the parsley.
    Fresh Parsley Added At the End to the Buttery Sauce

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Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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