A slightly spicy, lemony sauce for salmon patties. Makes enough for about eight salmon patties.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour to form a smooth paste. Gradually stir in milk; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

43 calories; 3.3 g total fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 103 mg sodium. 2.4 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2007
I sauteed some garlic in the butter before adding the flour. I also added some dill weed. This was delicious on salmon cakes. This sauce is quick to make, but have all your ingredients out and ready to go. It thickens quickly once you add the flour and milk. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/10/2011
Meh. I found this sauce too floury tasting. I needed to add more cayenne than the recipe calls for in order to taste it. It was still pretty boring so I added some dill to give it more flavor. Maybe it would be better with some lemon zest. Read More
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232 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 74
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2007
I sauteed some garlic in the butter before adding the flour. I also added some dill weed. This was delicious on salmon cakes. This sauce is quick to make, but have all your ingredients out and ready to go. It thickens quickly once you add the flour and milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2005
To satisfy a craving I made salmon patties with asparagus for dinner but something was missing. I needed a sauce that would go with both that was quick and didn't require searching the Earth for ingredients. I tried this recipe and it was fantastic. The best part is it can be made in the microwave. Thanks. I'll be back for more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
I LOVE this sauce! I even use it as a much easier (and healthier) hollandaise for eggs benedict. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2007
This sauce is great for salmon patties! I use the 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice and then add a packet of True Lemon. I also add a bit of thyme granulated garlic and just a pinch of oregano and basil. I use half&half instead of milk... and don't be afraid of the cayenne... it really makes the sauce! Delicious and thanks for the post! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2006
I loved the concept of this recipe. I added a garlic clove to the flour and butter mixture (maybe next time I will only use half) I also added some lemon pepper and black pepper as I didn't want it to be too lemony. I didn't measure my lemon juice I just squeezed half a lemon into it. Loved the cayenne pepper in this. I put this on a salmon steak. I cooked the salmon steak in the oven with butter garlic salt lemon pepper and cayenne pepper. It all turned out delicious. It was on my husbands plate a whole of 30 seconds!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
A great base for a sauce. I was looking for something to top our crabcakes and this sounded like the crabcake sauce we get at a favorite restaurant. I knew I just needed a couple additions and it was EXACTLY like the sauce we love. I used 1/2 cup 1% milk and 1/4 cup half and half. After bringing to boil, I put a big drop of yellow food color to give it a nice pale yellow tint. I did about 2 1/2 tbsp. of lemon (because that was the juice of a whole lemon). At the end, I stirred in about a handful of finely diced fresh red bell pepper and about a heaping tbsp. of capers. Not only did it taste great, the addition of the peppers, capers and food coloring made it look beautiful. Thanks for sharing! It made our crab cakes PERFECT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2007
Very good sauce. Both my husband and I loved it. I served it over salmon patties I made using the Oregon salmon patty recipe on this site. I added a little extra lemon juice since I used bottled juice. Needs a little color though. I used 2-3 drops yellow food coloring and it definetely gave it more eye appeal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2008
CopperPot I think you read the recipe incorrectly. It is 4 teaspoons of flour not 4 tablespoons. Also any sauce made with flour should be cooked for a min. or two before adding other ingredients to help cook off the floury taste. Hope you'll try it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
This sauce is really rich and wonderful. I added lemon and lime juice and added heavy cream instead of milk. It was a great hit at a recent dinner party on top of crab cakes. Thank you so much. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/10/2011
Meh. I found this sauce too floury tasting. I needed to add more cayenne than the recipe calls for in order to taste it. It was still pretty boring so I added some dill to give it more flavor. Maybe it would be better with some lemon zest. Read More
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