Easy Lemon Sauce for Fish, Chicken or Desserts

Earlier this year, I joined a cooking class focused on Plating, which turned out to be quite enjoyable and informative. During the course, one thing I learned was this Lemon Sauce recipe that we used a lot in our dishes.

This lemon sauce recipe is surprisingly simple yet bursting with flavor. It utilizes lemon peels to intensify the citrusy taste, making it an ideal accompaniment for fish dishes. However, its versatility shines through as it pairs beautifully with various meats, vegetables, and even desserts.

This lemon sauce can elevate desserts like cheesecake, infusing them with a delightful burst of fresh citrus flavor. I recently tried it with cheesecake, and the results were truly remarkable.

Once you experience the vibrant taste of this Lemon Sauce, you’ll find it hard to resist incorporating it into your culinary repertoire—it’s a game-changer that adds a zesty touch to any dish.

How to make lemon sauce

Start by thoroughly washing the lemons and then peeling them. Make sure to only peel off the yellow part, leaving behind the white pith.

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the lemon peels and let them boil for 2 minutes. Drain the peels and repeat this step 5 or 6 times. It’s crucial to repeat this process as it helps reduce bitterness and removes any wax from the lemon peels.

Afterward, place the blanched lemon peels in the blender bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and water.

Process the mixture in the blender for a couple of minutes until it’s well blended and smooth.

Next, strain the mixture through a sieve, cover it, and refrigerate. You can store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Hope you will try this out and enjoy your homemade lemon sauce! Don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram posts or stories, so I can see your amazing results.

Check out this Potato Crusted Sea Bass with Lemon Sauce for an amazing and flavorful lunch or dinner. You may also like to try our Chilli Jam, or Cranberry Sauce, Marinara Sauce or Homemade Tomato Pizza Sauce.

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Recipe adapted after AdiHadean

Lemon Sauce

Lemon Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Lemon sauce is an easy recipe for one of the most flavorful sauce, made from lemon peels which enhance the lemon flavor. Therefore it is the perfect sauce for fish recipes but complements really well any other meat or vegetable dishes and even desserts.
Servings 1 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5 lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Wash the lemons well and peel them. We only need the yellow peel without the white part.
    Lemon Sauce Step1
  • In a small sauce pan bring water to a boil. Only when the water is boiling add lemon peels and let them boil for 2 minutes. Drain and repeat this step for 5 or 6 times. It is important to repeat this step as it reduces the bitterness and removes the wax found on the lemon peels.
  • Place the lemon peels in the bowl of the blender. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar and water.
  • Process for a couple of minutes until well blended and smooth.
    Lemon Sauce Step4
  • Sieve, cover and refrigerate. Store covered in refrigerator up to 4 days.


Calories: 569kcalCarbohydrates: 43.1gProtein: 5.1gFat: 51.9gSaturated Fat: 7.5gSugar: 12.2g
Calories: 569kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert lemon sauce, fish lemon sauce, lemon sauce, meat sauce, side dish sauce, vegetable sauce

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  1. Maureen Author says:

    What a wonderful sauce. I’d never think to make this but it sounds terrific.

  2. lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking Author says:

    This sauce sounds so easy and refreshing! Hopefully you’ll share some of what you learned about plating with us!

  3. Liz Author says:

    What a lovely sauce! It would be magnificent with so many dishes…both sweet and savory 🙂

  4. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen Author says:

    Oh wow! I bet those lemon peels give the sauce a really intense lemon flavor. It looks so rich and creamy!

  5. Rosa Author says:

    Deliciously citrusy!



  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook Author says:

    As a citrus fruit fan, this lemon sauce makes me drool… sounds so good. I love lemon! <3

  7. Shana Author says:

    Can you pleaseee make a mushroom sauce recipe.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I will try, thank you.

  8. Chris Author says:

    This would last heaps longer than 4 days in a refrigerator.
    There’s nothing in it to go off. Might need a stir with a fork,- that’s all.

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