brown butter

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!
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter, browned butter, sauce, technique
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8
Author Julie Blanner


  • butter {any amount}


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. 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}.
  3. Remove from heat to prevent burning.

Recipe 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.