Brown butter is a one-ingredient recipe that adds a deliciously nutty depth of flavour to recipes both sweet and savoury, from brown butter sauce for pasta to roasted veggies and chocolate chip cookies.
Servings: 20 tablespoons
- 227 grams unsalted butter (This is equivalent to half a pound. You can use salted butter in a pinch, but it may alter the flavour slightly.)
If you will be using your brown butter within a day or so, it's fine to keep it on the counter. Otherwise, just pop it in the fridge and it will last at least a couple of weeks. You can also wrap it well and freeze it.
Total Yield and Nutritional Information
The yield for this recipe is 20 liquid tablespoons.The nutritional information is based on a serving size of 1 liquid tablespoon.
Vegan Brown Butter?
Looking for vegan brown butter, see the recipe here.
Summary of Tips
Please read the post for detailed tips, but here's a summary of key points:
- Use unsalted butter if possible. Salted butter will work, but the flavour may be slightly different.
- Cut the butter into even-sized cubes to ensure it cooks evenly.
- Use a light-coloured saucepan so it's easier to see the colour of the butter changing.
- Stir or whisk the butter every minute or so to ensure even cooking of the milk solids.
- Watch the butter carefully. When it is foaming and brown flecks appear, it is time to take it off the heat. Pour the butter into a heatproof bowl or cup to stop it from further cooking. Optionally, strain out the sediment.
- Liquid brown butter all on its own makes a simple, one-ingredient sauce to drizzle on roasted vegetables or hot oatmeal.
- For baking, when using brown butter as a swap for regular butter, ensure it's in the same state (e.g., liquid versus solid) as the original recipe calls for.
- For baking, remember that brown butter has less water than regular butter. Therefore when swapping brown butter for regular butter in baking, add an extra 1 tablespoon of liquid for every 1/4 cup of butter (4 ounces).
- Come back often to check out my growing list of recipes that use brown butter. And I've got a recipe for vegan brown butter, too, so if you're cooking for a mixed group of vegans/vegetarians/omnivores you're covered here.
Calories: 81kcal | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Vitamin A: 285IU | Calcium: 3mg