White sauce recipe being whisked constantly

White sauce being whisked constantly

This classic white sauce recipe is the base for many classic dishes.  Making a white sauce is not very difficult, but it does require the cook’s undivided attention for about five minutes.

White sauce being whisked constantly

White Sauce Recipe


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • teaspoon white pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Blend in flour with a whisk until smooth.
  • Add milk gradually, whisking constantly until boiling point is reached.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes longer.
  • Whisk in salt and pepper.
  • To hold the sauce briefly, place over hot water to keep hot and cover tightly to prevent a film from forming.

Use this white sauce in dishes like scalloped cauliflower.

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