A small bowl of oyster sauce
The Single Ingredient Needed To Totally Change Oyster Sauce
By Haldan Kirsch
Adding a helping of brown butter to oyster sauce can easily add extra dimension and balance out some of its more potent flavors so it doesn't overpower your recipe.
Oyster sauce is surprisingly not very fishy and has notes of umami balanced with a light sweetness, but it has a slight funk and can overpower other flavors in dishes.
Simply add a stick of butter to a cold saucepan, brown it on medium heat while swirling, and add about ⅓ cup of oyster sauce. You can also season it with soy sauce to taste.
The key to good brown butter is to control the temperature so it doesn't burn. You'll know it's ready when it has a rich, nutty smell and a deep, golden-brown color.
Marrying the flavors of the oyster sauce and browned butter is a great way to season lighter proteins like fish or chicken, coat grilled vegetables, or make a savory dipping sauce.