Basil Sauce with Garlic & Lemon

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With the abundance of basil during the summer months, this recipe for an amazing Basil Sauce with Garlic & Lemon will surely become handy. It contains only 4 ingredients and it takes only a couple of minutes to put together. You can dunk bread in it, you can glaze your chicken, fish or steak with it, or you could even use it as a salad dressing. 

If you have even more basil, you may want to check out these readers’ favorite recipes with basil: Lemon Basil Pesto, Burrata Pasta with Lemon Basil Pesto, Instant Pot Bean Soup with Lemon and Pesto or Baked Eggs with Tomatoes and Pesto.

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Basil Sauce with Garlic & Lemon – Perfect Summer Condiment

Every year after Mother’s Day we have a planting weekend at my house. We do veggies, herbs, and flowers, and we feel like the summer has officially started (even though it technically hasn’t). But basil is one of the first things that needs to be planted. I absolutely adore it and can’t imagine not having plenty of it during summer.

Because I have so much basil I tend to come up with different ways to use it. This basil sauce was inspired by one of my favorite pizzerias on Long Island, which serves their signature basil sauce with fresh crusty bread as an appetizer.

This basil sauce is different than pesto, as it’s much lighter in texture. It doesn’t contain any cheese or nuts, so it has more like a dressing type of consistency.

Spooning basil sauce on a piece of bread

Ingredients Needed to Make Garlic Basil Sauce

As mentioned above, this is a super easy recipe. You’ll only need a few ingredients. So without further adieu, here they are:

  • Fresh Basil;
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil;
  • Fresh Garlic;
  • Lemon Juice (you can use as much or as little as you like –  this is a personal preference – start with a little bit and add more if you want more zing);
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste.

Basil plant

How to Make Basil Sauce

I don’t think that making this basil sauce will take more than 5 minutes. You basically need to put all the ingredients into a blender and blend it to your liking consistency (tasting few times for seasoning). That’s it! You’re done. Dunk bread in it and be speechless.

Dunking bread in a basil sauce

What to Serve with Basil Sauce

It’s one of these recipes that you want to have handy all summer long as a perfect condiment because it goes great with anything. You name it: salads, pasta, fish, chicken, burger, lamb chops, etc… The possibilities are endless.

Here are a couple of my suggestions:

Garlic basil sauce in a ramekin with bread ion a side

How to Store Basil Sauce

You can store this basil sauce in a fridge for up to 5 days.

But if you have too much, you can also freeze it. I suggest using the ice cubes trays. Freeze the sauce and then remove from the tray and place in a ziplock back. The sauce will be good in a freezer for up to 3 months (now we’re talking about stretching the summer).

Horizontal shot of basil sauce in blue ramekin and bread on a side

Basil sauce in a blue ramekin with spoon

Basil Sauce with Garlic & Lemon

With the abundance of basil during the summer months this recipe for amazing Basil Sauce with Garlic & Lemon will surely become handy. It contains only 4 ingredients and it takes only a couple of minutes to put together. You can dunk the bread in it, you can smother it on the chicken, fish or steak or even use it as a salad dressing. 
4.45 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Edyta


  • 2 cups Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 2 cloves Garlic peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice or more to taste, or skip
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt or more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend to your liking consistency. Taste for seasoning. Serve with bread or as a condiment to meat, fish, salads or pasta.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is the perfect way to use up the basil from my garden! I can’t wait to try this delicious looking sauce!

  2. 5 stars
    I used to use this sauce while working in a Italian restaurant. It is awesome! Simple but tasty, and it has such a wide palette of use. Perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    This sauce is amazing! Such beautiful flavor. We added some Serrano pepper for a kick and it tastes devine!

  4. 5 stars
    I had to halve the amount of basil as I was just using the leftovers from another dish. The sauce wasn’t as green, but the flavours pack a punch! Had it on pan fried chicken and sourdough bread. It was so good!

  5. 4 stars
    Easy to make and great use of plentiful garden basil.
    Go easy on the seasonings and if a little oo sharp, you can always add 1/a tsp sugar.
    I am going to dribble it around some stuffed baked tomatoes, when I serve them – contrast of tomatoes with beautiful green coloured sause will look gorgeous, I think

  6. Omg. Made it with avocado oil instead of evoo. Wow, the flavour is fantastic. Put it on angel hair pasta.It took the taste to another level. Love it,

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