White Wine Lemon Caper Sauce

LAST UPDATED: Apr 18, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Jun 09, 2020 | By:

This is a white wine lemon caper sauce that’s ready in 10 minutes and works with a variety of protein and pasta dishes. Crisp, citrusy, creamy and fragrant, you’ll want to serve it all summer long!

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This simple Lemon Caper Sauce is so refreshing for Spring and Summer! It’s incredibly easy and versatile!

It’s a delicious addition to chicken, fish, veggies, pastas and more! You can even use it in lieu of traditional Piccata Sauce for summer flavor.

I know I’ve said it before, but I love lemon everything! Don’t miss my reader-faves like lemon spaghetti with artichokes, basil lemon pasta salad, lemon pepper chicken and salmon, and this arugula lemon salad.

Close up of ravioli in a white wine lemon caper sauce

Why You’ll LOVE this Sauce

It’s light and refreshing with a tang, balanced by the saltiness of capers. It’s just the right amount of creamy, with a salty bite of Parmesan.

It takes just a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes to make this amazing Lemon Caper Sauce that you’ll crave again and again!

It’s fresh and flavorful, without all the preservatives of store bought sauce.

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

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What are Capers?

Before we get into the details of this recipe, it makes sense to give a brief explanation for anyone who isn’t so sure about adding capers to their dinner!

Capers are one of my favorite ingredients to elevate a simple sauce or dish. They pack so much flavor in every bite- a touch sweet and a little salty, they are bursting with flavor!

Lemon caper sauce close up

They’re grown in the wild on small, flowering bushes called Finders Rose. In fact, they are actually tiny flower buds that have been pickled, which is why you’ll find them jarred in the stores.

They’re an incredible flavor booster for so many dishes, including this one!

Close up of ravioli in a white wine lemon caper sauce

Lemon Caper Sauce Ingredients

  • White Wine – A dry white wine including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio or white cooking wine. It doesn’t have to be expensive to add amazing flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh is best, but you can substitute 100% real lemon juice found in the produce section of your grocer.
  • Heavy Cream – Adds a little richness to the sauce. You can substitute half and half if needed.
  • Parmesan – Fresh grated parmesan thickens the sauce and adds a hint of flavor. You can substitute pecorino romano or asiago.
  • Capers – As explained above, these tiny pickled flower buds are the vibrant addition to this dish that you can’t miss!
White wine lemon caper sauce ingredients on a marble counter top.

How To Make Lemon Caper Sauce

  1. Combine – Over medium heat, bring white wine and lemon juice to a boil. A pan on the stove with oil bubbling
  2. Add Heavy Cream and Reduce – Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream. Reduce for 5 minutes. A pot full of white wine lemon caper sauce on a stovetop.
  3. Fold in Garnish – Stir in parmesan and capers.  A pot full of white wine lemon caper sauce on a stovetop.
A pot full of white wine lemon caper sauce, with a whisk in the pot and lemons and linen napkins surrounding it.

Pair With

  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Egg Noodles
  • Baked Chicken Breast
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
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More Serving Suggestions

A pot full of white wine lemon caper sauce, with a whisk in the pot and lemons and linen napkins surrounding it.

Tips and Notes

More Caper Flavor

Want even more caper flavor? Crush capers with the back of a spoon before incorporating or while incorporating into the sauce.

This is a thin sauce. Toss with fresh grated parmesan or use it to garnish. Grated parmesan is not a suitable substitute.

To Store 

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to five days. 
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A pot full of white wine lemon caper sauce covered pasta, lemons and linen napkins surrounding it.

Lemon Caper Sauce

Author: Julie Blanner
An easy lemon caper sauce that takes just 10 minutes start to finish to toss with pasta, drizzle on veggies, chicken, fish and more. It's crisp, citrusy, fragrant and delicious!
5 from 20 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white wine
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, bring white wine and lemon juice to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream. Reduce for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan and capers.
  • Toss with pasta or vegetables or drizzle onto chicken, fish and more.

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Notes

Substitutions

  • White Wine – A dry white wine including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio or white cooking wine. 
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh is best, but you can substitute 100% real lemon juice found in the produce section of your grocer.
  • Heavy Cream – Adds a little richness to the sauce. You can substitute half and half if needed.
  • Parmesan – Fresh grated parmesan thickens the sauce and adds a hint of flavor. You can substitute pecorino romano or asiago.

For More Caper Flavor

Crush capers with the back of a spoon before incorporating or while incorporating into the sauce.

To Store 

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories:238kcalCarbohydrates:4gProtein:7gFat:19gSaturated Fat:12gCholesterol:66mgSodium:358mgPotassium:84mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:713IUVitamin C:4mgCalcium:227mgIron:1mg
5 from 20 votes
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