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Meunière Butter

Meunière Butter

Meunière Butter
© Randal Oulton

In classical French cooking, Meunière Butter ("beurre meunière") is a very simple sauce of browned butter (aka "Beurre Noisette") flavoured with lemon.

You make it by melting butter until it has started to brown, and seasoning it to taste with salt, white pepper and a few drops of lemon juice.

It's used in fish "à la meunière" dishes, and for some vegetables that have been either poached or cooked in butter.

Cooking Tips

You want white pepper rather than black as the white has a more winey taste that compliments the butter, and the black would look like fly specks in this.

The butter will appear to brown more after you add the lemon juice to it. The butter will develop brown bits in it; don't strain those out. Those are the flavour bits you are working to develop.

In this regard, it's the opposite of Indian "ghee butter", where you strain the solids out deliberately so that there are none to brown.

Language Notes

"Meunière" means "miller's wife."

See also:

French Sauces

Aillade; Aioli à la greque; Aioli; Allemande Sauce; Banquière Sauce; Béarnaise Sauce; Beurre Blanc; Brown Butter; Butter Sauce; Espagnole Sauce; French Sauces; Gastrique; Hollandaise Sauce; Madeira Sauce; Matelote Sauce; Melted Butter; Meunière Butter; Noisette Butter; Normande Sauce; Paloise Sauce; Panade à la frangipane; Parisienne Sauce; Poivrade Sauce; Provencal Sauce (cold); Provençal Sauce; Rémoulade Sauce; Russian Sauce; Sauce Béarnaise; Sauce Bigarade; Sauce Diane; Sauce Maltaise; Soubise Sauce; Tartar Sauce; Velouté Sauce; Vinaigrette; White Sauce

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Also called:

Beurre meunière (French)


Oulton, Randal. "Meunière Butter." CooksInfo.com. Published 25 January 2006; revised 02 December 2007. Web. Accessed 04/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/meuniere-butter>.

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