Garlic lovers, Rejoice! This Garlic Butter Sauce is better than Papa John’s dipping sauce, and it is lightning fast to whip up. It is so simple to make, and it is good on everything.
This garlic-y sauce is so easy that I am almost embarrassed to call it a recipe. I keep a small mason jar of it in my refrigerator for a flavor burst. You would be surprised at how little it takes to jazz up a dish.
What is in Garlic Butter Sauce?
This is one of those handy sauces that will turn a boring dish into something special. I’m willing to bet that you have all the ingredients right there in your pantry and refrigerator:
- Fresh garlic cloves
- Garlic powder
How to make Garlic Butter Sauce:
First, I like to use unsalted butter so that I have control over the saltiness. But regular salted butter is fine. Grab a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Then sauté the grated garlic cloves in a small amount of the butter. When the garlic begins to soften and becomes fragrant add the remaining butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
This is one case where I like to use white pepper. It tastes the same but doesn’t provide the black speckles to mar the appearance of the sauce. That’s it!
There is enough garlic in this sauce to keep the witches away but if you like it less garlic-y, just use less garlic.
How to mince garlic
There are several ways to mince raw garlic. The most common way to mince garlic is to chop it with a knife repeatedly until you have very fine pieces. Hand chopping is convenient and all you need is a knife. But if you’re looking for a really nice garlicky flavor, a microplane will do a better job.
A microplane will create wonderful bits of garlic that look almost pureed. Smaller bits of garlic will infuse more evenly into the butter. That means more garlic flavor.
If you don’t have a microplane but still want the incredible flavor that it can provide, then you can use a garlic press or a mortar and pestle. Technically a garlic press or mortar will crush garlic rather than mince it. But the result will be the same: more garlic flavor.
How can you use Garlic Butter Sauce?
Oh, my! The ideas are endless. Be creative and enjoy this flavorful sauce. When it cools and becomes thicker, it can be spread on sourdough bread and toasted under the broiler.
This garlic butter sauce is versatile enough for all types of diets. It is gluten-free, low carb, and keto friendly.
Yum! In its warm liquid state, it makes a wonderful garlic butter dipping sauce for lobster, shrimp, oysters or fish kabobs. Other suggestions that we love are:
- Tossed with pasta
- Drizzled over steamed veggies
- A finishing garlic butter sauce for steak
- Sautéed with sea scallops or fish fillets
- Mixed with hot rice or quinoa
- A dipping sauce for shrimp or bread
Since I brought up shrimp then here is a little side note. If you want to know how to make shrimp, check out this post for creamy garlic butter shrimp pasta. We show you a picture in that post of what overcooked shrimp looks like and explain how easy it is to cook shrimp (and how easy it is to overcook shrimp).
Better than Papa John’s dipping sauce
Did I mention pizza crust and breadsticks? As a garlic butter dipping sauce for your pizza crusts and breadsticks, it is fantastic. This sauce is on a par with Papa John’s dipping sauce. If you love Papa John’s garlic sauce then this recipe is for you! Our garlic butter sauce is actually better than Papa John’s because we use real butter and no additives.
How to store this garlic butter sauce:
Make small batches! This sauce is best used within five or six days but I am betting you will finish it off long before that!
Keep a jar of this versatile garlic butter sauce in your refrigerator to boost the flavor power whenever needed. When cold this sauce will firm up just like a cube of butter does. To soften it, let it sit at room temperature. To bring it to it’s dipping state set the jar in a dish of warm water, stirring occasionally until melted. Or just pop it in the microwave and melt the butter in 20 seconds.
Gadgets to peel and chop/mince garlic
We love kitchen gadgets. There is a large assortment of gadgets that you can use to prep garlic. A zester is by far one of our favorites but a handy garlic peeler is a close second. A rolling garlic chopper and garlic press are convenient but seem to find their way to the back of the gadget drawer. We would love to hear from you. Do you use any kitchen gadgets? What are your favorites?
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh garlic, grated
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
- In a small pan set over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon of the butter and when it has melted add the grated garlic. Sauté the garlic for about 1 minute. Do not let it brown.
- Add the remaining butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper and cook only until the butter is melted.
Serving Size1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 109Total Fat 11.5gSaturated Fat 7.3gCholesterol 31mgSodium 230mgCarbohydrates 1.8gProtein .05g