Quick and Easy White Sauce with Variation
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
4 servings (1/4 cup each)


2 tbsp (30 ml) Butter
2 tbsp (30 ml) Flour
1 1/4 cups (310 ml) Room Temperature Milk
1 tsp (5 ml) Salt and White Pepper, approximately


  1. Melt butter in a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium low heat. Ensure that the butter does not brown.
  2. Add flour and stir until fully mixed. The butter and flour mixture should bubble up slightly.
  3. Add about ½ cup (125 ml) of the warm milk slowly, stirring to keep the mixture smooth.
  4. Add the remainder of the warm milk slowly, stirring constantly.
  5. Heat to just a gentle rolling simmer, stirring constantly. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes until desired consistency and flour is cooked.
  6. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  7. Variations
  8. Dill White Sauce: Add 3 tbsp (45 ml) of fresh dill with the salt and pepper in step 6.
  9. Curry White Sauce: Add 2 tsp (10 ml) of curry powder to the melted butter in step 1. Simmer for 1 minute before adding the flour.
  10. Swiss White Sauce: Add ½ cup (125 ml) of grated Swiss cheese at the end of step 5. Add in portions while stirring.