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How to Brown Butter

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  • Author: Morgan
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter


  1. Melt the butter. Cut the stick of butter into tablespoon portions and place in a light-colored skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt completely.
  2. Let it brown. Continue cooking, stirring frequently with a heat-proof utensil, as the milk solids start to brown. This should take 3-5 minutes from the time the butter fully melts. Once the butter takes on a nutty aroma and turns a light golden brown color with flecks of toasted brown milk solids, immediately remove from heat.
  3. Get ready to use. Carefully pour the browned butter into a heat-proof bowl, leaving any blackened bits behind in the pan. Allow the browned butter to cool for 5 minutes before using in recipes. It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


For ultra-powered browned butter: Toast 1/4 cup milk powder in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. It should take 2-3 minutes. Once cooled, whisk 1-2 tablespoons into the slightly cooled browned butter before using in recipes.

To make brown butter in the microwave: Add sliced butter into a microwave-safe bowl - preferably a clear one so you can easily check on the amount of browning. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and a lid, heavy flat plate, or tight-fitting upside-down bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes, then check and continue to microwave in 30 second intervals until light golden brown. The butter will be VERY HOT and will continue to brown slightly as it cools. Be sure to use caution when removing the butter from the microwave - and don't try to grab the bowl with your bare hands!

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes