Easy Fresh Lemon Dessert Sauce Recipe

Lemon dessert sauce

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 3 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
89 Calories
2g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 8mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This fresh lemon sauce couldn't be easier, and what better way to add flavor to a stack of pancakes, sliced pound cake, or ice cream.

Lemon zest adds to the tart lemon flavor of the sauce, while butter adds depth of flavor.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (slightly rounded)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water (boiling)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter (cold, cut into small pieces)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for lemon sauce
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  2. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the boiling water and whisk to blend.

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  3. Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and clear.

    Stir until mixture is thick
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  4. Stir the lemon zest and lemon juice into the sauce.

    Stir in lemon zest
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  5. Whisk the butter into the sauce, a little at a time.

    Melt butter
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  6. Serve the sauce warm over dessert, pound cake, pancakes, or bread pudding.

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  7. Enjoy!