Monday, April 16, 2012

Spicy Lemon Creme Sauce

Salmon patties fall into the category of "comfort food" for me. I remember my grandmother making them frequently when I was little, and I always gorged myself on them.

My husband, however, did not grow up eating fried salmon, and its been more of an acquired taste for him. The last time I made salmon patties, he mentioned that they'd be more palatable with some sort of sauce. This spicy lemon creme sauce worked great for the salmon patties, but you could use it on any time of fish or shellfish – especially if you're like me and can't tolerate the mayonnaisey gunk that most people seem to think passes for tartar sauce.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground black pepper


Melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the flour until well-mixed and clumpy. Gradually whisk in the milk until the sauce base becomes smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil until it thickens to the consistency you want (usually 1-3 minutes). Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Serve hot. 

1 comment:

  1. Ya this sure reads a comfort food for those who love salmons and the creme sauce may provide the perfect unusual zing to it! Well done!