Caviar Butter Sauce

A superb sauce from Elizabeth Manville - the rich butteriness beautifully balanced by the salty tang of black caviar
Caviar Butter Sauce
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 350 g unsalted butter, chilled
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 125 ml dry white wine
  • 125 ml fish stock
  • tsp black caviar
  • salt, and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat a tablespoon of the butter in a wide heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and sweat for a couple of minutes, without allowing it to brown.

2. Deglaze the pan with the champagne vinegar. Simmer gently until the liquid has almost evaporated.

3. Add the wine and fish stock and reduce until 3 tablespoons remain.

4. Cut the remaining butter into large cubes.

5. Begin swirling the cold butter into the liquid over medium heat. The liquid should be hot and it doesn't matter if it boils. Stir constantly and continue adding the butter until the desired consistency is achieved. Wait until each piece of butter has emulsified before adding the next. The sauce should coat the back of a spoon.

6. Season to taste just before serving and stir in 1 teaspoon of black caviar per person.

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