Easy White Sauce (With Variations) for the Microwave

Total Time
10mins
Prep 3 mins
Cook 7 mins

Making sauces is simple in a microwave oven since you don't have to worry about scorching, sticking or overcooking. Occasional, rather than constant, stirring prevents lumping.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine melted butter, flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Gradually add milk and stir until smooth.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, at MEDIUM heat in a microwave for 6 to 7 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.
  4. For Cheese Sauce: Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese.
  5. Cook at HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes, if necessary, to completely melt cheese.
  6. For Curry Sauce: Stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons curry powder.
  7. For Horseradish Sauce: Add 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish.
  8. For Mustard Sauce: Add 2 tablespoons prepared mustard and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Please note this Mustard Sauce is not Vegetarian.
Most Helpful

I have been using this since I got my first microwave in 1984! This recipe came with the cookbook included with my Quasar microwave but added 1/8 teaspoon of white pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of dry mustard also. It just adds a little flavor, since I leave out the salt. It is so much easier than the top of the stove method.

infogeek June 08, 2014

Worked like a charm! I haven't bought any white based sauces since I started making this recipe. Thanks so much for posting this versatile, little gem!

PSU Lioness January 21, 2011

Wonderful base recipe. I used it to make a cajun alfredo sauce by adding cajun seasonings and parmesan cheese. yum! My hubby liked even better than the original stove-top version. I look forward to trying your variations. Thanks for sharing!

muncheechee June 24, 2010