Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce

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About 1/2 cup
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Ingredients (5)

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Serve this exquisite nutty browned butter sauce with poached or sautéed fish, especially skate, sole, porgy, orange roughy, or any firm mild white-fleshed fish, as well as chicken and grilled steak.


  1. 1Melt the butter in a medium-size, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until pale golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the hazelnuts and cook, stirring, over medium heat until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the shallot and parsley and cook until just softened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. This sauce can be rewarmed just before serving.

Excerpted from Get Saucy, by Grace Parisi. © 2005, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press.

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