Sauce Recipes for Fish and Seafood

Classic Sauces for Fish & Seafood Dishes

Salmon with Hollandaise sauce
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These classic sauces, like the hollandaise sauce, Normandy sauce, Bercy sauce and others, can be served with fish and seafood dishes, including pan-seared sea scallops, sautéed tilapia, grilled salmon and more.

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    Hollandaise sauce

    Hollandaise is a wonderfully rich, lemony and buttery sauce that goes with all kinds of poached and grilled fish dishes as well as eggs and vegetables. It's a classic sauce, but you don't need to be a master chef to make it.

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    Bercy sauce

    The Bercy sauce, named after a district in the east of Paris, is a finished sauce for fish and seafood dishes. It's made by reducing white wine and chopped shallots and then simmering in a basic fish velouté.

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    Normandy sauce

    The Normandy sauce is a classical sauce for fish and seafood made by flavoring a fish velouté with chopped mushrooms and then thickening it with a mixture of egg yolks and heavy cream called a liaison. Using a liaison involves combining the eggs and cream, adding a small amount of the hot velouté to temper it, and then whisking the whole mixture back into the sauce. This prevents the eggs in the liaison from curdling.

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    Anchovy Sauce Recipe

    Anchovy sauce

    The anchovy sauce is a flavorful sauce that's similar to the traditional Normandy sauce above. The difference is that at the end, we enrich the finished sauce with anchovy butter, which is one of several traditional varieties of compound butter. It's made by combining anchovies, lemon juice and parsley with butter, then chilling.

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    White wine sauce

    The white wine sauce is one of the most basic sauces for fish and seafood dishes. It's also the base from which a number of other classical sauces are built—such as the herb sauce, the shrimp sauce or the Venetian sauce, which features tarragon vinegar much like the traditional bearnaise sauce, along with chopped chervil and shallots.

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    Mushroom sauce

    This creamy mushroom seafood sauce is an example of how the basic white wine sauce above can be easily transformed into something a little more complex. This version of the mushroom sauce is made by adding sautéed mushrooms to a basic white wine sauce.

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    Herb seafood sauce

    This simple, creamy herb sauce is made by adding fresh parsley, chives, and tarragon to a basic white wine sauce. If you don't have those exact herbs, use whatever herbs you do have as long as they're fresh, not dried. Try to stick with soft-leafed herbs, as opposed to woody ones like rosemary.

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    Beurre blanc sauce

    Beurre blanc is a simple butter-based emulsified sauce that's great with fish or seafood. It's a nice sauce to have in your repertoire because you can whip up a batch on the spot (all you really need is wine and butter), making it ideal for emergencies. You can also make a version using red wine instead of white. The key is using cold butter cut into cubes, and whisking it into a reduction of vinegar and herbs. (This is why it's good to keep two separate butters, one in the fridge...MORE and one on the counter.)