Vodka Cream Sauce

That may be too much sauce for most people, but I am not most people

This is a simple sauce that goes well with most fish and shellfish. Double the recipe and it can also be tossed over pasta for a lighter alternative to Alfredo sauce.

Normally I finish the sauce with vodka, but dry vermouth works just as well. Stock made from shellfish can also be substituted for the chicken. Usually I like to pan sear the fish fillets, after dusting them with spices in butter, in a large sauté pan. After removing the cooked fillets make the sauce directly in the pan using the onion to loosen up any browned bits. Or the sauce can be started in a fresh pan with new butter.

Vodka Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vodka
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 4-6 mushrooms cut in half and sliced paper thin
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan and saute onion on medium until translucent. (Or cook fish in pan, remove and add onion plus extra butter if needed.) Add mushroom and cook till they begin to brown. Add chicken stock turn heat up to medium high and deglaze pan. Add basil and cook until reduced in half. Turn heat back down to medium and add cream. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Add vodka and cook until sauce thickens. Serve immediately.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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36 Responses to Vodka Cream Sauce

  1. saucy! do you think the recipe would still work if i swap out the heavy whipping cream for light cream, light sour cream or plain yogurt?

  2. What a decadent sauce – and there can never be too much sauce.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. loved the comment under the picture…I’m not most people 🙂
    Great sauce, mushroom, basil and cream is a winner combo

  4. I´m with you on the sauce too – bring it on! And I have to say, agree with you about stock and how easy it is to make. I also freeze extra stock if I´m not going to use it up straight away, although I don´t always remember to label it and sometimes get my chicken and fish stocks mixed up!

  5. Colline says:

    Looks delicious. Would you have any substitute suggestions on the whipping cream for those who are lactose intolerant?

  6. Joanne says:

    TOO MUCH vodka cream sauce? No such thing! Looks delicious!

  7. Carol Ann says:

    Yum thats looks great! The rice that you served it with looks just as good is that the mushrooms and shallots on top there too? Striped Bass just came into season can’t wait to hook one and try this.

  8. That pretty much looks like the perfect amount of sauce! This looks tasty. I’ll have to try it tonight!

  9. Yuri says:

    It’s good to indulge once in a while. I’m gonna need something creamy with extra sauce this weekend… BTW have you seen this?

  10. ChefMom says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite sauces! Hubby makes a killer gnochi that we usually serve ours over. I like this version because it’s a lot more heart friendly than the one usually make (which is like a heart attack in a bowl – but oh sooo good). I’ll have to give this one a shot. I’ve never had it over fish…that sounds good!

  11. spicegirlfla says:

    Well, this is new to me! I love penne alla vodka but now you given me all new ideas for using this creamy vodka sauce; I like ChefMom’s idea with gnocchi too!!

  12. saminacooks says:

    You had me at vodka 😉 lol Fabulous recipe. I think this would be a perfect “fancy” sauce for company. Love it!

  13. This looks heavenly. I always enjoy a good Vodka cream sauce in my favorite restaurant and have never tried making one myself. I’ll be glad to have this recipe so I can make my own.

  14. This recipe seriously came right on time. I am trying to get more fish (at least twice a week) and was looking for a nice, tasty sauce to go with it. LOVE THIS. Although I don’t drink as you know, this vodka sauce will probably be the highlight of the dish. Now I’m excited.

  15. Alison says:

    The sauce looks amazing. And I am with you, there can never be too much sauce! Great recipe, thank you.

  16. Caroline says:

    This sauce looks so delicious I think I could drink it. Or lick my plate clean of it. YUM!

  17. fullasanegg says:

    Sounds delicious – I’ll be giving that a try for sure!

  18. Joyti says:

    I am not most people myself, I love sauces, and especially creamy ones. The vodka-cream looks delicious…and I bet it would be delicious with some pasta, as you said – as an alternative to tomato-ey vodka sauce.

  19. Young Wifey says:

    This is one of my favs’, although Hubster don’t like vodka sauce!

  20. busybcooks says:

    love it! Can’t wait to try it!

  21. This looks so super yummy!!

  22. Katie says:

    This looks great! I have a practically full bottle of vodka in my freezer that needs to be used. I hardly ever drink it, oddly enough…and I’m in college! 🙂

  23. Wow this looks good! I make a mean alfredo- but it’s heavy in cream and butter. I’ll have to give yours a try!

  24. This looks great! I’ve got some half and half and dry vermouth I need to use up so this will be perfect!

  25. Gina Marie says:

    First, you got my attention at Vodka. Second, my husband is the same way with sauce and his food. This is going to be a must make in my house!

  26. Sounds wonderful, will go well with some chicken or veal.

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