Easy Fresh Lemon Dessert Sauce

lemon sauce
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Ratings (26)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 1 1/2 Cups (3-6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
89 Calories
2g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
(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 lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter (cut into small pieces)

Steps to Make It

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the boiling water and whisk to blend.

Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and clear. Stir the lemon zest and lemon juice into the sauce.

Whisk the butter into the sauce, a little at a time.

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