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Garlic Lemon Cream Sauce

  • Prep Time: 2m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 12m


  • 2 tsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c Heavy cream
  • 1/4 c Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp. Dill, dried
  • 1/4 tsp. Thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
  • Salt to taste (~1-2 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon zest (from 1/4 lemon)
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet or sauce pan over medium heat. Cook garlic gently for 1 minute, stirring frequently (don't let it brown, just soften).
  2. Add cream then season with dill, thyme, pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika (if desired). Stir to combine.
  3. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes and come up to temperature. Stir in parmesan.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt to taste. Cook 1-2 minutes further then serve immediately. Note: it will thicken further as it cools.