Recipe: Brown Butter Sage Sauce

I made some homemade ricotta gnocchi and wanted something easy to pair it with. Remembering back to some gnocchi I had in the past, I immediately thought of a brown butter sage sauce as it was simple, quick and didn’t require too many ingredients. This was a delicious sauce and could also be paired with some many other dishes as well.


  • About 4 servings


  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
  • *1 pinch of salt

Notes and tips

  • If you like garlic, feel free to add more.
  • My recipe calls for a lot of sage leaves. Feel free to decrease the amount if you don’t want that much.
  • *You don’t need to add the salt if you are using salted butter.
  • Use a light colored pan so that you can see the color of the butter.

Putting it together

Prepping the fresh ingredients

  1. Mince the garlic.
  2. Coarsely chop the sage leaves.

Making the sauce

  1. In a pan, melt the butter on medium low heat.
  2. Once it starts to bubble, add in the garlic and stir for about a minute.
  3. Add in the sage and let it sit for for 3-5 minutes.
  4. The butter should be a light brown color by now. Let it sit a little longer if you want if you want it nuttier. The more brown it is, the nuttier the sauce will be.
  5. Once you get the butter to the color or taste you like, take it off the stove as it’s ready to be served. The sage and garlic should be crispy.


This is such an easy and simple sauce to go with almost anything. Because it’s only a few ingredients, it was a nice light, butter-y and sage flavor. This is a great sauce if you’re short on time, or if you just want some simple flavors to add to your meal.

Brown butter sage sauce with homemade ricotta gnocchi (link below)


I paired this brown butter sage sauce with some homemade ricotta gnocchi and couldn’t get enough! If you’re interested in making this dish, see some steps below:

  1. Make and cook the gnocchi and set it aside.
  2. Make the brown butter sage sauce above.
  3. Once all the ingredients are added in and the butter is browned to your liking, pour the butter sauce into a bowl, but keep a thin layer in the pan.
  4. Add in one layer of gnocchi and toss it in the butter sauce.
  5. Let the layer sit for about a minute until it gets a nice light sear for a bit of a crispy texture.
  6. Flip gnocchi over and let it sit for another minute.
  7. Take it off the stove as it’s ready to be served.
  8. Repeat the process until all your gnocchi are seared. All more oil to the pan if needed.
  9. Optional: top the gnocchi with left over brown butter sage sauce and add some freshly grated parmesan cheese for more flavor. Crack some fresh black pepper or add some red pepper flakes as well.

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