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How to Make Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter (Easy, Foolproof)

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French


Follow these steps to make brown butter on the stovetop in 5 minutes with perfect results every time. Rich and nutty brown butter instantly elevates every recipe!


  • 1/2 cup (112 g) unsalted butter
  • light-colored saucepan or ceramic skillet


  1. Slice butter into 8 pieces (this helps the butter melt faster) and place in a heavy saucepan. Use a light-colored saucepan or light ceramic skillet so that you can easily see the color develop.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat. Continue stirring with a rubber spatula until butter is completely melted, about 1 minute.
  3. As the butter continues to cook, you’ll notice that it starts to foam up across the surface (after about 2 minutes). Stir frequently to prevent the milk solids from burning.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring with a spatula, until the milk solids begin to brown (form brown specks at the bottom of the pan) and the color starts to deepen. The butter will begin to brown after about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, the butter will reach a medium amber brown with a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat, pour into a glass bowl or jar and use as directed in the recipe.


Double Batch: This recipe doubles easily in a larger saucepan or skillet.

Make Ahead: Make brown butter. Once cool, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Rewarm in the microwave before using (or bring to room temperature if the recipe calls for solidified brown butter).

Freeze Brown Butter: Freeze for up to 3 months in an airtight container (use an airtight plastic storage container to freeze as glass jars or containers may shatter).