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Pitcher of vegan brown butter on a white plate with pecans. In the background are roasted carrots and chocolate chip cookie bars, both made with brown butter.
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Easy Vegan Brown Butter

Impart the nutty deliciousness of browned butter to recipes both sweet and savoury with this easy vegan brown butter, made with margarine and pecans. 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: can you brown margarine, dairy-free brown butter, does earth balance butter brown, easy dairy-free brown butter, easy vegan brown butter, substitute for brown butter, vegan brown butter
Servings: 12 tablespoons
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman


  • 1 cup vegan margarine {See Recipe Notes}
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped


  • Put the margarine and pecans in a saucepan or heavy skillet. Bring it to a low simmer and let it simmer for about 15 or more minutes. Toward the end, you'll want to watch it carefully as the butter (and pecans) will burn if you leave them too long. Mine is usually done around 18 minutes or so. If you are nervous, it's better to take it off the heat early than late. It will still taste good. 
    Strain out the pecans and let cool. 



About Margarine
Different margarines are made with different formulations. I  tested this recipe with Becel vegan margarine. This is not a sponsored post. I choose Becel because it is available in many countries around the world. See this Wikipedia article for a list of countries, and note that it is sold in the United States under the name Promise. 
If you are not using Becel (aka Promise), I recommend doing a test version first, with 1/4 cup of margarine and 2 tablespoons of pecans. This will likely take less time to brown, so watch it carefully. 
Getting the Margarine Brown
If you are nervous about burning the margarine or the pecans, you can remove it before it gets really brown. I have cooked it for as little as 7 minutes and you will still get the nutty flavour of the pecans infused into the butter. It will be more of a golden yellow colour still at that point, but it does taste good. 
I store this in the fridge. It will thicken up but it never returns to its semi-solid margarine state. 
Amp up the Flavour
If you want to give the brown butter even more of a nutty taste, you can add a teaspoon or two of hazelnut or pecan oil to it. 
Recipe Yield
The recipe yield is based on using Becel (aka Promise) margarine. 
Nutritional Information 
Nutrition information is an estimate, based on Becel vegan margarine.


Calories: 138kcal