How to Brown Butter (with video!)

LAST UPDATED: Nov 15, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Sep 13, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

Brown Butter is the easiest way to enhance any dish or baked good that calls for butter. It elevates just about everything giving it a deeper, richer, more intense flavor that smells wonderful, too! Learn how to brown butter with easy step-by-step photos and video.

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what to use brown butter in

I discovered brown butter or browned butter as a child when we would frequent the Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown St. Louis. We’d wait hours in line for a taste of that brown butter goodness covered in mizithra cheese {you can get the recipe for Spaghetti with Mizithra and Browned Butter here}. Clearly at the time I had no idea what I was eating – it just tasted like better buttered noodles to me. Through the years my love for brown butter continued to grow. I frequently use it in baking and pastas and every time I do, guests ask for the recipe! Brown Butter just makes everything better!

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I’ve included a ton of photos because I think butter is just so beautiful, I couldn’t choose.

What is Brown Butter?

Brown Butter is also known as beurre noisette – a warm sauce used in French cooking for vegetables, pasta, fish and chicken. While it sounds and tastes “fancy” anyone can do it – in fact, you may have on accident without even realizing it! It is the result of cooking butter until the milk solids turn brown and the water evaporates, resulting in a nutty aroma and flavor.

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What does Brown Butter taste like?

It tastes rich, like a hint of toasted nuts.

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Should I Use Salted or Unsalted Butter?

Technically you should use unsalted butter, but I use and love both.

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How Long Does Brown Butter Keep?

When stored cooled in an airtight container, brown butter will keep for up to 2 weeks. You can store in ice cube trays for up to 3 months, sealed with seran wrap to prevent absorption of scents from your freezer’s contents.

However, with so many recipes to incorporate it in, it never lasts that long in our home!

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My Favorite Brown Butter Recipes:

Smothered on Dinner Rolls

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How to Brown Butter 

Watch the video to see just how easy it is!

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.

how to make brown butter

Swirl {don’t stir} to cook evenly. As it begins to melt, it will start to foam.

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Watch carefully as the color turns brown and you start to smell a nutty aroma. Remove from heat to prevent burning.

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I always use the sediment, but if you prefer, you can use a cheese cloth to remove sediment from cooled brown butter.

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Brown Butter

Brown Butter is the easiest way to enhance any dish or baked good that calls for butter. It elevates just about everything giving it a deeper, richer, more intense flavor that smells wonderful, too!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 8
Calories: 102kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter you can use any amount

Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Swirl {don't stir} to cook evenly. As it begins to melt, it will start to foam. Watch carefully as the color turns brown and you start to smell a nutty aroma {3-5 minutes}.
  • Remove from heat to prevent burning.

Video

Notes

When stored cooled in an airtight container, brown butter will keep for up to 2 weeks. You can store in ice cube trays for up to 3 months, sealed with seran wrap to prevent absorption of scents from your freezer's contents.
Technically you should use unsalted butter, but I use and love both.
I always use the sediment, but if you prefer, you can use a cheese cloth to remove sediment from cooled brown butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 101mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 3mg
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