During fishing season, we spend a lot of time down on our farm in Cuba, Illinois. It’s our family tradition to do a fish fry every week when it’s warm outside! For over 15 years, we’ve been bringing together farm-caught fish, fresh veggies, friends, and family for these special dinners.

I’m always looking for ways to keep things interesting, and over the years, I’ve perfected some easy and absolutely delectable sauces to pair with all our best fish fry recipes. This simple lemon butter sauce is a perfect example! Keep reading for the recipe and some delicious dipping ideas.

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What to Pair with Butter Dipping Sauces

Obviously, there’s one clear star of the show at a fish fry: the fish! But there’s so much more to this classic Midwestern event. It’s the perfect chance to bring out a wide range of tasty sides, from hush puppies to crab cake bites. Here are some more ideas for what to pair with your delicious lemon butter dipping sauce—make sure to check out my Simple Parmesan Butter Dipping Sauce recipe too!

Yield: ½ cup
Mary’s Easy Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe for Stuffed Artichokes, Pastas, and Fish

Mary’s Easy Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe for Stuffed Artichokes, Pastas, and Fish

Prep time: 1 MinTotal time: 1 Min
Is there anything that’s not more delicious dipped in melted butter? I’ll wait. Try this delectable savory dipping sauce on anything you can think of—and I mean that!


  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated on a microplane or very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. When melted, add the garlic and lemon juice.
  2. Pour the sauce into a bowl and serve with vegetables or fish.
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April 28, 2024 — Mary DiSomma