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Magical Butter Sauce

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Magical Butter Sauce. Guest post by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

I think everyone should have a magical butter sauce recipe up their sleeves. One that you can pull out of a hat in an instant, without even looking the recipe up.

Don’t know what to make for dinner and don’t have time to think? Take any ingredient, sear, steam, broil, grill or even microwave … and pour the magical butter sauce on top. Bam!

Instant delicious.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Magical Butter Sauce. Guest post by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

I have several magical butter sauce recipes, and I discovered one yesterday that so far, I’ve had with four different dishes. Yes, in the past 24 hours, I’ve already paired it with pan-seared salmon (first photo), steamed asparagus, grilled artichoke halves and microwaved green beans.

That’s how magical it is!

What? You want me to share? Oh of course!

The magical butter sauce is derived from a brand new cookbook that I got called Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook. Of course, they don’t call it magical butter sauce, but that’s my name for it, and I’m sticking with it!

Magical Butter Sauce Recipe

In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 2 tablespoons fruit preserves (apricot, mango-jalapeno, blackberry, etc.), 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, a good turn of the pepper mill and a generous pinch of salt.

Pour this over whatever your little heart desires.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Magical Butter Sauce. Guest post by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

And then tuck this simple little recipe in your mind’s recipe box, right between your killer cocktail and spaghetti ‘n meatballs recipe. There, you’ll always have it now!

Do you have a favorite magical sauce recipe you can divulge? One that is simple yet tastes good on everything?


Jaden Hair is a food writer, television personality, and food photographer based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Find more of her recipes in her blog, Steamy Kitchen, where you can also read more about Jaden’s new book, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, and the rave reviews it’s received!



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Wisconsin Butter Lover on 7.4.2010

I made this with my elderberry jelly and it was very, very good on some filet mignons au poivre.

Heather on 4.8.2010

I will be trying this with raspberry preserves as soon as I thaw out and make an oven blasted chicken. Sounds soooo delish!

Thank you for sharing!

Karen on 4.1.2010

I made the Magical Butter Sauce last night to go with grilled salmon and it was delicious! I couldn’t decide what kind to make so I did one with blackberry jam and another with apricot. They were both great, but blackberry was our favorite. I was worried they’d be too fruity or sweet but they were both perfect. Thanks!

Krisha on 3.29.2010

Made this tonight – by the end of the meal my husband and I resorted to dipping our dinner rolls in it. Soooo good! Thanks for a great simple sauce!

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honeycrisp on 3.26.2010

I made this with jalepeno jelly, browning the butter first. To say that is was sublime understates the complex goodness of this beautifully simple sauce. The brown butter put this sauce over the top. I served with Ree’s easy chicken strips
even my fussiest eaters LOVED it. They call me Queen Mom now.