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How to make Brown Butter

Learn how to turn butter into brown butter in just a few easy steps. This makes the perfect sauce or addition to any dessert recipe that calls for butter.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword butter
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 102kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $1


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter


  • Slice your butter into chunks or tablespoons. Place in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Melt the butter then cook, stirring often, until the butter browns. It will melt then boil, then foam and turn from yellow to golden to amber to brown. It will go from brown to burned fast, so be sure and watch it.
  • Use immediately unless you're making frosting with it and need it to set. The milk fats in the butter will form little brown silt in the bottom, this is normal and that's the good stuff!



Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 3mg