Serves 4
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes


This is one of the best and fastest sauces that can be made.  It’s delicious, and a great finish to fish that has been sautéed and browned in a pan.  The method is very simple.  You’ll end up with enough sauce to serve 4 easily.

2 Tablespoons finely minced shallots or green onions
3/4 cup dry red or white wine (depending on color desired)
3/4 cup rich chicken, fish or vegetable stock
3 Tablespoons softened butter
2 Tablespoons finely minced fresh herbs such as chives, parsley or basil (or a combination of herbs)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Remove cooked seafood from pan; set aside and keep warm.  Place shallots in the pan and sauté over moderate heat until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes.  Add the wine and stock; stir to scrape up any browned bits.  Turn heat to high and boil down until mixture is almost syrupy, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in butter one tablespoon at a time.  Sauce will thicken and become shiny.  Whisk in herbs, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


  • Add 1/3 cup heavy cream with the wine and stock, and reduce as above.
  • Add 1-2 Tablespoons Dijon-style mustard along with the wine, stock and cream, if using, and reduce.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest with the herbs.
  • Substitute dry vermouth for some or all of the wine.