Sauces & Dressings

Egg Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)

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Egg Lemon Sauce

Egg Lemon Sauce

The mother of sauces appears in many Greek recipes. This version is different than the one you incorporate into food. This is an elegant and velvety sauce that can be poured over steamed vegetables, grilled chicken, and many traditional dishes like stuffed grape leaves, stuffed cabbage leaves, or on Selinato, which is braised lamb with Greek Celery.
prep time
10 min
cooking time
5 min
total time
15 min


  • Meat Thermometer

  • Saucepan

  • Whisk

  • Small bowl

  • Medium bowl


  • 2 cups broth (chicken, beef, lamb, seafood, vegetable)

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 2 lemons, squeezed

  • 4 Tbsp. butter

  • ½ Tsp. salt

  • ½ Tsp. white pepper


Prepare your broth. You can use store bought broth, or if you are a traditional cook like me, use your own homemade broth. You will need 2 cups of broth for this recipe.
Separate your eggs and place the egg whites in the large mixing bowl, and the egg yolks in the small bowl.
Squeeze your two lemons. Set aside.
Take your whisk and whisk the egg whites for 1 minute. Slowly add each of your 4 egg yolks until you have a smooth creamy mixture.
Now slowly add your lemon juice until combined.
Next, add your broth and mix well. (Please note: if you are using warm or hot broth, make sure it is below 150 degrees and temper your eggs, by slowly adding your hot broth to the eggs, so the eggs don’t curdle).
Add your mixture to a saucepan and place on medium-low heat, otherwise, the sauce will burn, or curdle. Place your thermometer into the mixture and start stirring the sauce with your whisk. Keep stirring until the temperature reaches 180 degrees.
Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Kali Orexi!


You will need a little patience with this sauce because this keto-friendly version does not use any thickener, just the eggs. And through the slow cooking process and the constant stirring, you can achieve a beautiful, velvety sauce that can be used on meats and vegetables. If you love lemons, then you are going to crazy over this sauce.

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