Creamy Tarragon Sauce Recipe

Bearnaise sauce
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Ratings (6)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups sauce (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
103 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Full of flavorful tarragon, chervil, and basil with the tang of sour cream, this dipping sauce is perfect for chicken, shrimp or beef.


  • 1/4 cup butter (or margarine)
  • 1 tablespoon flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon chervil (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until flour is brown. Gradually add milk; stir until flour mixture dissolves. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens.

  2. Stir in sour cream, tarragon, chervil, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Give with instructions for serving.

  3. To serve, transfer sauce to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with meat.

Recipe Source: by Leisure Arts (Leisure Arts)
Reprinted with permission.