Brown Butter is easy to make and worth the effort to give an extra flavor kick to pasta sauces, cookies, potatoes, and more!

Some of my favorite recipes using browned butter include these M&M Pretzel Cookies, these Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, these irresistible White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, and this Pumpkin Sheet Cake.

An overhead picture of the finished brown butter in a pan with a spoon.

Brown Butter is a versatile ingredient that adds a bold nutty flavor to any dish where butter is used. It tastes toasted and nutty after cooking the butter just past the melting point. 

This one ingredient recipe takes plain butter to superstar status. This is a kitchen skill every cook, no matter the level should have in their back pocket. I will show you in my step-by-step directions just how easy it is to make brown butter. 

The key is to cook the butter just long enough to toast it so you do not burn it. After you make brown butter once and taste just how delicious cookies are with it, you will never want plain butter again!

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.10

Recipe Cost: $0.80

  • ½ cup unsalted butter – $0.80

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.


  1. First, cut the butter into small pieces and place it in a skillet.
  2. Cook the butter until it has melted.
  3. Next, swirl the pan for a couple of minutes until the butter turns golden brown.
  4. Remove it from the heat to avoid burning the butter. 
  5. Finally, transfer the butter to a heat-proof pan.

A picture collage of how to make brown butter.

Recipe Variations and Tips

  • It’s best to use unsalted butter so you can control the salt content in the dishes you plan to use the butter in.
  • You can double the recipe, but I wouldn’t triple the recipe without cooking the butter in batches. This is because you want the butter to brown evenly in the pan and it won’t do that if there’s too much melted butter in the pan.

Storage Tips

SERVE: Use the butter in your favorite sauces, in potatoes, cookies, vegetables, etc. 

STORE: Store the butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to ten days.

FREEZE: Once the butter has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a freezer-safe storage container and freeze for 2-3 months. Bright it to room temperature or melt it before using it in your recipe.

Cook’s Tools

  • Skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife

Recipe FAQ’s

What is brown butter?

Brown butter is essentially regular butter that is toasted to golden, nutty perfection on the stovetop. The bold flavor is a welcome addition to pasta, cookies, cakes, and even potatoes.

Can you brown butter in cast iron?

While a cast iron pan is excellent for many recipes, it does not work well for browning butter. The dark pan makes it challenging to see when the butter is changing color. Therefore, it is easy to burn the butter when using a cast iron. It is better to use a light-colored skillet instead.

Can I substitute brown butter for butter?

You can substitute brown butter for regular butter in almost any recipe. If you are using it in a baking recipe such as a cake or cookies, be sure the brown butter has cooled and solidified before using it in your recipe.

The finished brown butter in a pan.

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A spoon in a dish of brown butter.
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How To Brown Butter

Recipe Cost $ $0.80
Serving Cost $ $0.10
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
8 people
Brown Butter is easy to make and worth the effort to give an extra flavor kick to pasta sauces, cookies, potatoes, and more!


  • medium skillet
  • cutting board
  • chef's knife


  • ½ cup unsalted butter


  • Cut butter into small pieces and place it in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Allow the butter to cook until it has fully melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Next, gently swirl the pan for 2-3 minutes or until it begins to smell nutty and turn golden brown. The butter will foam on top, but you’ll be able to see the color underneath as you swirl the pan.
  • As soon as the butter turns golden brown, remove it from the pan, so it doesn’t burn.
  • Transfer the butter to a heat-proof container or bowl.
  • Store the browned butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to ten days.


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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