How to Brown Butter

Brown butter with foam on a plate with a spoon.
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Learn how to brown butter with this easy step-by-step tutorial. It takes about 5 minutes, and gives butter a warm, rich, nutty flavor that's absolutely magical in both sweet and savory recipes!

  • Author: alexandra
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: ingredients
  • Method: stovetop


  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter (salted or unsalted), cut into tablespoons


  1. Place the sliced butter in a medium frying pan set over medium heat. Stir or whisk frequently as the butter melts.
  2. Once melted, the butter will start foaming. Stir/whisk constantly, cooking just until you see golden-brown specks form at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Remove browned butter from heat and immediately transfer to a heatproof bowl or container to stop the cooking process. Allow to cool for at least a few minutes before using.


  • For best results, use a light-colored pan to brown butter.
  • Brown butter can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To substitute brown butter in a recipe, use it in the same state that the recipe calls for (melted, softened, chilled, etc.). Butter loses moisture in the browning process, so you will end up with slightly less butter than you started with. You can account for this by browning slightly more butter than your recipe calls for, or supplementing the moisture loss with a small amount of water or milk.