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How to Make Brown Butter

How to make Perfect Brown Butter

Tess Ciarloni
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 1/4 cup butter


  • Cut butter into cubes and place in small saucepan over medium heat
  • Keep an eye on butter as it's melting
  • Once it's all melted it will start to heat and bubble
  • The milk solids will start to separate from the fat and the butter will get very foamy
  • It'll be hard to see the bottom of the pan through the foam so give the pot a gentle swirl to check the colour of your butter
  • After about 5 minutes or so, you'll start to see the centre of the foaming butter turning a light amber colour in spots - this is the milk solids in the butter that have separated out and are starting to brown
  • Swirl the pot around again and keep watching the butter in the centre of the pot darken. Once it starts to darken, it's only going to take about another 30 seconds for the butter to be the optimal amount of brown
  • You'll start to notice the smell as well. It's a rich nutty smell. Once you start to smell this, the butter is very nearly done
  • After about another 10 seconds swirl the pan and check the colour. Once the butter in the centre turns amber in colour (similar to the colour of caramel if you've ever made that) you're going to take the pan off the heat
  • At this point your brown butter is ready to be used in any recipe you like! (See Tips and Tricks)