Orange Basil Cream Sauce - serve this sauce for a fancy romantic dinner
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Orange Basil Cream Sauce

An unforgettable buttery cream sauce with sweet tangy orange and fresh basil. This sauce works so well with pasta, fish, or chicken. It’ll defiantly be a house favorite.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword basil, orange
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 148 kcal
Author Debi


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided use
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional fresh basil and orange zest for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the garlic and the basil and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute; do not brown.
  2. Add orange juice, Cointreau, and white wine. Bring to a boil, and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the cream, and simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  4. Garnish with additional fresh basil and orange zest

Recipe Notes

Serve over 8 ounces cooked linguini or angel hair pasta with grilled fish or roasted chicken. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Nutrition Facts
Orange Basil Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.