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Fried Caper and Sage Butter Sauce

  • Sauce / Condiment
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Total Time:15 min
  • Servings:1/2 cup
Photo by Grace Parisi

Fragrant sage, briny capers and sweet butter make for an excellent, vevelty butter sauce that, when drizzled generously, transforms simple cooked fish into an elegant main course. It may be a mouthful to say, but at least you get to eat it too.


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup drained capers, dried

  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh sage leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • Salt to taste


Make the Sauce

Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium skillet until shimmering. Add the capers, sage, and red pepper, and cook, stirring, until the capers open and are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Off the heat, add the butter and stir until melted.

Season and Serve

Season with salt and spoon over cooked fish.