How to Brown Butter

 Sweet, nutty, and full of caramel flavors, browned butter is a quick and easy way to elevate your favorite treats using ingredients and tools you already have at home.

  • Author: Claire Coffey
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: French


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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Slice the room-temperature butter into 1/2" thick pieces.
  2. Place the butter into a small, light-colored saucepan. Place over low-medium heat.
  3. Cook, stirring regularly until the butter melts, the solids separate and the mixture develops a foam.
  4. Stirring constantly, continue cooking until golden brown bits form in the bottom of the pan and the butter gives off a nutty aroma.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into a heat-proof bowl.


    • Start with room temperature butter: This reduces the splatter and helps it melt more evenly.

    • Bringing cold butter to room temperature: One of the easiest methods is to cut it into 1/2" cubes and leave it on the counter for 10-15 minutes. 

    • Use a light-colored pan: This will ensure you can see the butter browning.

    • Pay close attention: Cooking butter produces a froth that can be hard to gauge doneness through and goes from unbrowned to completely burned in a surprisingly short amount of time. Keeping a close eye on it will help you catch it at the right time.

    • Cook at low-medium heat: Browning butter at a lower temperature can help it cook more evenly and reduce its chances of burning.

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