Sauce Vin Blanc

White Wine Fish Sauce

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

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Sauces

By James Peterson

Published 1991

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Method

Classic white wine fish sauce is prepared using one of two methods, both of which use egg yolks. The first method is based on a sabayon prepared with reduced fish stock and egg yolks, then finished with butter in the same way as a sauce hollandaise. The second method consists of finishing fish velouté with egg yolks and butter as in preparing a sauce allemande.

Sauce Vin Blanc Variations

The two best-known classic variations are Sauce Saint-Malo, which is Sauce Vin Blanc (Hollandaise Method) finished with mustard, shallot butter, and anchovy paste; and Sauce Souchet, a very contemporary sauce based on court-bouillon. The elements in the court-bouillon are julienned and used to garnish the fish. The fish is poached in the court-bouillon and then the court-bouillon reduced before being used as the base for a classic Sauce Vin Blanc (Hollandaise Method).