Brown Butter Sage Sauce

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A quick and easy brown butter sage sauce or “burro bruno e salvia” in Italian, ideally tossed with butternut squash or mushroom ravioli, fluffy gnocchi and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs or pine nuts! 

Brown Butter with Crispy Sage Sauce

This easy brown butter sage sauce makes the perfect sauce for pan seared scallops, salmon, chicken and steak. Not to mention it is quick and impressive!

Serve it gently tossed with butternut squash ravioli, farrotto or sweet potato gnocchi, then sprinkled with hazelnuts, pecans, toasted pine nuts or walnuts, even cranberries or brown sugar.

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

I personally love to drizzle it over these Italian roasted potatoes or crispy sage potatoes I make as soon as chanterelles are in season.

You can use green or purple sage in this recipe, I planted the purple variety this year and so that’s what I went it. Delicious! Since quite a few of you have asked for this recipe, I wanted to pop in today with a little guide.

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

How to Make Brown Butter Sage Sauce at Home

Easy breezy, and I can promise you it will be better than a restaurant because you control the quality of the ingredients. So don’t forget: organic grass fed butter and fresh sage only!

Although I am about to get on a plane to my favorite place on the Planet, Kauai, and dreaming of tropical beach drinks, I wanna suggest you make some butternut squash or pumpkin ravioli or these ricotta gnocchi to toss with this divine brown butter sage sauce. ‘Tis the season after all, plus it really make a lovely pair!

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

To make a simple brown butter “beurre noisette”, you would follow the exact recipe without adding any sage.

You will see the butter go through stages of different colors, from light to golden to nutty brown. The milk solids will cook the quickest and drop to the bottom of the pan. Leave those behind if you want, personally I happen to love to extra nuttiness it adds to the sauce.

Brown Butter Sage Sauce for Gnocchi and Ravioli


Brown Butter Sage Sauce
5 from 11 votes

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Brown butter sage sauce or “ burro bruno e salvia” in Italian, ideally tossed with butternut squash ravioli or gnocchi and sprinkled with toasted bread crumbs or nuts!
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Prep Time:3 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:8 minutes


  • 1 stick organic salted butter (you can use cultured vegan butter instead)
  • 14 leaves fresh sage or to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lemon optional
  • 3/4 lb butternut squash ravioli or potato gnocchi


  • Cut the butter into large pieces and add it to a light colored pan over medium low flame.
    1 stick organic salted butter
  • As soon as the butter starts to foam up add the sage leaves, (make sure they are dry) and cook together for 3 to 5 minutes.
    14 leaves fresh sage or to taste
  • The butter will foam up and start turning brown (noisette). Do not touch it, and do not stir.
  • The moment the foam subsides remove from heat. The sage should be crispy by now. Hit it with a squeeze of lemon juice if you prefer and serve it over cooked ravioli or gnocchi.
    1/2 lemon
  • Add the cooked ravioli to the butter sage sauce and gently toss to coat. When cooking the pasta make sure to reserve a little bit of the pasta water. Add a little bit of the reserved pasta water If needed to loosen up the sauce.
    3/4 lb butternut squash ravioli or potato gnocchi
  • Serve with freshly cracked black pepper on top.
    freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • To make a simple brown butter "beurre noisette", you would follow the exact recipe without adding any sage.
  • Vegan - swap the dairy butter for cultured plant-based butter such as Miyoko's.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.04g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.02mg
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: brown butter sage sauce
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Florentina

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  1. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal on lobster ravioli. Absolutely delicious, especially with the squirt of fresh lemon and crispy sage leaves.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! The epitome of “simple is good”! Actually, this was AMAZING! I made the sauce to go with some of my home made GF tortellini tonight and I literally loved every friggen bite. I made myself eat slowly so that I could savour it. The crispy bits of sage were bursts of flavour and the lemon really heightened the whole dish. I can’t wait to make this for guests. Thank you Florentina for an easy to follow 10 out of 10 recipe.

  3. If I don’t have Sage leaves but have Ground Sage would this recipe still work you think? If so how much ground sage would I use?

    1. I would not recommend making this with ground sage. The frying of the fresh sage leaves is what makes this recipe unique. I hope you will try it with the fresh herbs 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Looks great! I plan to make this and pair it with homemade sweet potato gnocchi. This might sound silly, but do I remove the sage leaves before serving??

  5. 5 stars
    I looked at several brown butter sauce recipes online and picked yours . It was the simplest and the directions were clear. .It was fantastic! I used it with butternut squash ravioli and dusted it with crushed amaretti cookies . Thanks for a great recipe .

    1. 5 stars
      This was delicious; we’ve made brown butter with sage before to go with buttenut squash ravioli, but in my husband’s words the lemon brightened it up, and he doesn’t overly love lemon! Definitely a keeper!
      I added peas and carrots on top of mine for added veggies