Basic White Sauce

I used this basic recipe and added some inexpensive champagne and a slice of mango for flavor and… voila: a quick and easy champagne-mango white sauce for my grilled walleye fillet! With your newly acquired knowledge of fish voluté and simple white sauce, you’re ready to be as creative as you like.


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2-3 large ice cubes fish stock
  • Half & Half or whipping cream (depending on the richness of sauce desired)
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Your choice of “flavor” (i.e. cumin for a Spanish flavor, dill, rosemary, etc)


Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the flour and work the mixture into a paste.

Continue to cook the mixture and continue to work it so that it does not stand too long in one place or it will burn. When ready, it should be a pale almond to a nut-brown color.

Add the fish stock cubes, cream and seasonings. Water can be added if the desired sauce needs to be thinner.