Easy Brown Butter

Here’s my method for how to brown butter perfectly every time. It takes 5 minutes, and you can use this brown butter in your favorite baking and savory recipes.

Perfect Brown Butter

Brown butter is regular butter cooked a bit longer than usual until the milk solids toast and turn brown. You’ll cook the butter just past the melting point.

Browning butter creates a magical toasty flavor you don’t get with regular melted butter. Brown butter (or beurre noisette in France) tastes nutty, toasted, and like toasted hazelnuts.

How to Brown Butter

You will need a heavy-bottomed pan and butter (salted or unsalted butter) to brown butter. Add your butter to the pan over medium-low heat.

As the butter melts, continuously swirl it around the pan. As it melts, the butter will begin to foam, and the color will change from light yellow to golden and finally to brown (it only takes a minute or two)). Browned butter can go from perfect to burnt quickly, so stay close.

Keep swirling the brown butter over the heat until it is light brown and smells nutty. Remove it from the heat and then use it in your favorite recipes calling for melted butter (you can swap regular melted butter for more flavorful brown butter in most cases).

For herb brown butter, add a handful of fresh sage leaves, rosemary sprigs, or fresh thyme to the pan while you make the brown butter.

How to Brown Butter - Skillet with butter that has been browned to perfection. Brown butter looks light brown.

Storing Brown Butter

Homemade brown butter lasts in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months. The butter will solidify again, but you can warm it over low heat when needed. To freeze brown butter, pour it into a clean ice cube tray, freeze, and then transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer-safe container or bag.

How to Use Brown Butter

Use brown butter in almost any recipe that calls for melted butter. Toss cooked pasta or noodles with browned butter, as we do for our brown butter pasta with egg and this kale pasta. I also love drizzling vegetables with brown butter before (or after) roasting them. It’s absolutely amazing when used to make mashed potatoes, and it makes the best popcorn!

For sweeter recipes, swap plain melted butter for brown butter in cookies, bars, and even buttercream (yes, you can chill the butter and whip it!). I love using brown butter to make chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and blondies. It also makes these easy sautéed apples extra delicious, and I love drizzling it over oatmeal.

Easy Brown Butter

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It takes five minutes to make brown butter. You can use it almost anytime a recipe calls for melted butter (hello, brown butter chocolate chip cookies).

3/4 cup

You Will Need

1 cup (227g) butter, salted or unsalted


    1Add butter to a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-low heat. As the butter melts, continuously swirl it around the pan. The butter will quickly go from brown to burnt, so stay close to the pan when you do this.

    2Continue swirling the butter over the heat. It will melt, get a little foamy, and finally start turning golden brown. Remove it from the heat when the butter is light brown and smells nutty.

    3Store brown butter in the fridge for up to two weeks or freeze for up to three months.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to freeze brown butter: Pour it into a clean ice cube tray, freeze, and then transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Gently reheat in a pan over low heat.
  • Nutrition facts are estimates. We assumed unsalted butter.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size About 1 tablespoon / Calories 136 / Total Fat 15.3g / Saturated Fat 9.6g / Cholesterol 40.7mg / Sodium 2.1mg / Carbohydrate 0g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 0g / Protein 0.2g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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8 comments… Leave a Review
  • Murielle April 3, 2024, 7:24 pm

    Nice quick & easy explanation. My idea of trying to explain is . . . come over to the stove, & I’ll show you! I have in the past made extra ‘browned butter’ so that I could freeze it in ice cube trays (covered), then put them into Freezer Ziploc Bags, to use at later date. Then I can just pull out 1 – 2 + cubes to glaze veggies or meat. I’ve always called this ‘liquid gold’.

    • Joanne April 8, 2024, 3:44 pm

      Hi Murielle, Glad we could help and yes, freezing brown butter is such a great idea!

  • Duane J Mathis June 8, 2021, 9:12 pm

    Brown butter with Mizithra cheese over spaghetti or whatever your favorite pasta is!! DELICIOUS!!!

  • Jose Ramon Garcia April 21, 2020, 11:16 am

    can’t wait to make it.

  • Patsy Brewer March 28, 2018, 10:16 am

    Yes, I made it but I’m wondering if I can freeze what I’m not using at this time? Thank you so much!

    • Terri Blackwell May 7, 2019, 4:04 am

      Yes you can freeze it

  • katie May 7, 2012, 11:09 am

    Love this explanation on what exactly brown butter is!

    • linda leach December 5, 2018, 12:48 pm

      I will try to make heard from a friend it is great with roasted cauliflower, gotta try it.


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