Brown Butter Sage Sauce (With Dried Sage)

Brown butter sage sauce with dried sage is a delicious and easy-to-make sauce that adds a rich and nutty flavor to any dish. Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or just want to elevate weeknight dinners, sage brown butter sauce is a simple yet flavorful herby, buttery sauce that is a great choice.

This sauce is a savory and aromatic sauce made by browning butter in a pan until it turns a deep golden color, then adding dried sage leaves to infuse the butter with a fragrant, earthy, herbaceous flavor.

The sauce has a nutty and slightly sweet taste with a distinct aroma of sage that can be drizzled over pasta, vegetables, or meats, to add a touch of elegance to your meals. The dried sage leaves provide a stronger, more concentrated flavor than fresh sage, which makes it a perfect ingredient for sauces that require a more intense flavor profile.

Ingredients for brown butter sage sauce

  • Butter
  • Dried sage leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What to serve with sage brown butter sauce

Sage butter sauce pairs well with plenty of simple dishes. Here are some ideas for what to serve with this delicious sauce:

Pasta: The nutty, rich flavor of the sauce complements the creaminess of pasta dishes. Serve it with your favorite pasta, such as fettuccine, linguine, or gnocchi.

Roasted Vegetables: The earthy flavor of sage pairs well with roasted vegetables like cauliflower, butternut squash, and carrots. Drizzle the sauce over the vegetables before serving.

Chicken: Sage brown butter sauce is a great accompaniment to chicken dishes or simply grilled chicken breasts.

Fish: Sage sauce also pairs well with fish, such as salmon or trout. The sauce adds a rich and savory flavor to the delicate fish.

How to store brown butter sage sauce

Dried sage butter sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Here’s how to store it properly:

Let the sauce cool completely before storing it. You can either let it sit at room temperature for a bit or place it in the refrigerator to cool down faster. Transfer the sauce to an airtight container. Glass jars or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids work well. Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the sauce.

Store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. If storing in the freezer, leave some headspace in the container to allow for expansion. When ready to use, thaw the sauce in the refrigerator overnight (if frozen) and reheat it gently in a saucepan over low heat until warmed through.

The texture of the sauce may change slightly after being stored, but the flavor should still be delicious. If the sauce separates, simply give it a good stir to combine the ingredients again.

How to reheat dried sage butter sauce

To reheat brown butter sage sauce with dried sage, follow these simple steps:

Remove the sauce from the refrigerator or freezer and transfer it to a saucepan. Place the saucepan over low heat and stir the sauce constantly until it is fully heated through. This should take about 5-10 minutes, depending on the amount of sauce. Be sure to stir the sauce frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan or burning.

If the sauce is too thick, you can add a splash of chicken or vegetable broth or water to thin it out to your desired consistency. Once the sauce is heated through, remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately.

You can also reheat brown butter sage sauce with dried sage in the microwave by placing it in a microwave-safe dish and heating it in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until it’s fully heated through. Just be careful not to overheat the sauce, as this can cause it to separate or become greasy.

Brown Butter Sage Sauce Recipe

This brown butter sage sauce with dried sage is a delicious and easy-to-make sauce that adds a rich and nutty flavor to any dish.


  • 1 stick 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure even melting.
  • Once the butter is melted, continue cooking it over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it turns a deep golden brown color and smells nutty, about 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • Add the dried sage to the browned butter and stir to combine.
  • Cook the sauce for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sage is fragrant.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the sauce immediately over pasta, roasted vegetables, chicken, or pork. Garnish with additional chopped sage.

Brown butter sage sauce with dried sage is a simple and delicious way to add rich flavor to your favorite dishes. With its nutty, earthy flavor, it complements pasta, roasted vegetables, chicken, meat, and fish, making it truly versatile. When you need a super quick sauce recipe to elevate just about any meal, this is it! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you prefer to eat it with.

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