Fish with White Wine Sauce

45 mins Cook
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Right here’s a simple but luxurious and stylish White Wine Sauce for fish. I’ve served it with snapper however it’ll go along with just about any fish that may be pan-fried. but suppose beyond the fin! This creamy sauce also pairs fantastically with chicken, beef and crustaceans (shrimp/prawns, lobster, crab), cooked almost any which way.

White wine sauce for fish

This is a stunning wine sauce for fish that oozes swanky vibes. smooth-white, rich and singing with the lightly tart flavours of white wine and lemon, it’s the type of sauce that comes in a touch porcelain jug accompanying the high priced sole dish you ordered at that ritzy French joint for your birthday.

reality be told, we do set up a touch eating place-style trick to attain that lovely sheen and expensive mouthfeel to the sauce. however don’t be discouraged: this sauce is truly shockingly smooth to make.

Ingredients in white wine sauce for fish

White wine: Any white wine that’s not too woody or candy will work superb here. Chardonnay particularly provides truly proper flavour. Sub low sodium chicken inventory/broth for a non-alcoholic version.

Eschalots: Additionally called French onions, and are known as “shallots” in the US. They seem like baby onions, but have purple-skinned flesh, are finer and sweeter. not to be burdened with what a few people in Australia name “shallots” i.e. the long green onions.

Cream: Use thickened / heavy cream here as it will make the sauce thicker.

Butter (cold!):  This is used to thicken the sauce and to make it pleasant and vibrant so it seems as luxurious as it tastes. extra in this simple restaurant method in the steps written below.

Lemon and white wine vinegar: For a touch of tartness. Lemon brings acidity with a sparkling flavour, white wine vinegar brings tang with a piece more intensity to it. if you’re missing one, double up on the alternative.

Sugar: Only a pinch, to round off the sauce.

What to use this white wine sauce for

Today, I’m sharing this white wine sauce paired with fish. but this sauce would additionally be excellent with crustaceans (shrimp/prawns, lobster/crayfish, crab), poultry (pan seared chicken breast or thighs just sprinkled with salt and pepper), or pork chops (I’d opt for fairly lean ones).

Fish for white wine sauce

The fish pictured at some point of this post is snapper, but this sauce may be used for any mild-flavoured fish. See below for a listing of recommended fish, and fish I don’t suggest serving with this sauce.

Snapper is a totally popular fish, beloved for the slight, sweet, delicate flavour, which isn’t always “fishy” in any respect. The flesh is moderately company and moist, and fillets are easy to cook lightly due to the fact they may be flat with a good thickness (rather than, say, salmon, when some fillets have a very thick “hump”.

Best fish for white wine sauce

Any firm white fish fillets suitable for pan frying will work right here. Even salmon will work high-quality (though it will likely be quite rich!) right here are hints for common fish in my number one readership countries which might be ideal for serving with this white wine sauce:

Australia: Barramundi, Blue eye cod / trevalla, Basa, Bream, Cod, Flathead, Flounder, Jewfish, John Dory, Ling, Monkfish / Stargazer, Ocean perch, Trout (ocean and river), Orange roughy, Salmon, Whiting.

USA: Above and below listed, plus Alaskan pollock, Catfish, Halibut, Pangasius, Tilapia, Mahi-mahi.

UK: Above listed, plus Dover sole, Haddock, Hake, Pollack, Sea bass, Turbot.

Sides for Fish with White Wine Sauce

Today’s dish is pictured with a wonderful green pea puree which I suppose makes for a hanging contrast once more the white sauce, golden fish and sure I intentionally selected a darkish colored plate to make the whole thing pop!

I recognize I’m all about rustic meals and share platters, casually littered with garnishes. however on occasion I do truly consider the presentation!

Plus, that pea puree? It’s ridiculously proper. It starts off evolved with shallots and garlic cooked in butter earlier than simmering peas in stock, then pureeing till easy. strive it as soon as possible, and you may for all time turn your nose up at simple recipes that call for blitzed undeniable boiled peas!

Fish with White Wine Sauce

Fish with White Wine Sauce

prep time
20 mins
cooking time
45 mins
total time
1 hour 5 mins



  • 4 x 150g / 5oz white fish fillets , skinless, boneless

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 eschalot , small, finely chopped

  • 1 1/4 cups white wine , dry, not sweet or too woody

  • 1 tsp lemon juice (sub white wine vinegar)

  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar (sub more lemon)

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 1 pinch pepper

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • 1 cup thickened/heavy cream

  • 30g / 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 tsp finely chopped parsley




The oven to 50°C/120°F. Place the rack over a tray.

Season fish

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.

Cook fish

Heat oil in a big non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook fish in two batches until golden, 2 minutes on each side, or till the inner temperature is 55°C/131°F.

Keep warm

Place fish on a rack, and place in the oven to keep warm.

Discard oil

Tip out excess oil from the skillet but don't wipe clean.

Reduce wine

Add eschalot, white wine, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar to the pan. bring to simmer (still on medium high) and decrease by using half (~3 minutes).

Stir cream

Add cream, stir for 2 minutes.

Finish with cold butter

Turn heat to low and add cold butter one dice at a time while mixing with a wood spoon. Once all of the butter is integrated, the sauce has to be thickened, satiny and fantastically glossy.

Optional strain

Strain the sauce through a sieve (discard eschalot), then pour it back into the pan.

Fish in sauce

Place fish back into the pan in the sauce. Spoon some sauce over the fish, leave for 30 seconds.


Transfer fish onto serving plates. Spoon sauce over each fish, sprinkled with parsley if desired. Pictured with a side of pea puree (great colour splash!).
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