Brown Butter Garlic-Maple Bourbon Sauce

This is a sweet sauce that goes well with salmon, pork chops, chicken, and probably shrimp, too! The crushed red pepper adds some sweet heat.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • teaspoon crushed red pepper, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Melt butter in a stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter turns a golden brown color, 5 to 7 minutes. Butter will foam and then settle down.

  2. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in crushed red pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in maple syrup and lemon juice until combined.

Cook's Notes:

I use Crown Maple(R) syrup.

I used this sauce on 1 pound of king salmon and it was outstanding, but it was too much sauce for that amount of meat. I recommend using it with 1 1/2 to 2 pounds fish or meat.

To use, spoon sauce over cooked fish or meat in a warm skillet just until fish or meat are warmed, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
8g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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