Balsamic Butter Sauce

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Balsamic Butter Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

AMAZING. That’s it. Just that one word describes heaven on this plate. Seriously, this sauce was fantastic. We tasted it and immediately knew that Bon Appetit had it right when they recommended drizzling the entire plate with the sauce.

I served the sauce over Sauteed Ono, Thyme Mashed Potatoes and steamed zucchini and it was wonderful. This was a delightful meal and it looked beautiful as well.

My oldest son surprised us by requesting more sauce twice through the meal. (This is the same son who typically avoids anything with balsamic in the recipe.)

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Balsamic Butter Sauce

5 from 6 votes
Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Bon Appetit via


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, simmer the vinegar and the garlic. Simmer until reduced to a thick syrup, about 5 minutes. Set aside while the rest of the meal is being finished.
  • When ready to serve the sauce, rewarm over  medium-low heat. Cut a stick of butter into 6-8 pieces and add to the balsamic reduction one piece at a time. Whisk until all butter is incorporated and sauce is smooth again. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Drizzle over plate right before serving.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • TOP | 99999 Wonderful Quotes says

      Love the smell of butter browning, but OMG, when you add the balsamic vinegar, that heavenly smell is taken to another level! The roasted asparagus pair so well with the balsamic browned butter. This is so good;-).

  1. Becki Jacobs says

    This sauce sounds amazing, oh my goodness. I am thinking about doing a pork roast tonight – how great would this taste on top?? I love garlic and balsamic – such great flavor. I sauteed some mushrooms last night with garlic, butter and balsamic and it was the best taste in the world.

  2. Renn says

    I have never tried a balsamic sauce either. Am totally into Balsamic at the moment so this is right up my alley!! Last weekend we went to an Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting room, and I bought Espresso Balsamic as well as Cinnamon Balsamic. I was in flavor heaven! They are both supposed to be great over vanilla ice cream.

    • Mary says

      I wonder what happened. Did you substitute anything? Did you re-warm over fairly low heat? Did you whisk the mixture well after adding the butter? I've never had a problem with this sauce at all. I'm sorry it didn't turn out well for you this time.