Overhead photo of Brown Butter in a decanter on a sheet of wrinkled up parchment paper. Mean Green Chef

Perfect Brown Butter

Perfect Brown Butter, the Maillard reaction will add incredible depth of flavor to any savory or sweet dish. This simple technique will open the door to creating your own recipes that sing!

Category Cooking Techniques
Cuisine French
Keyword Brown Butter
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 grams) butter, unsalted

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed light colored pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt. Using a flat bottomed wooden spoon, stir the solids around to keep them from burning.

    Butter cooking in a saute pan for making Brown Butter. Mean Green Chef
  2. After the butter is melted completely, it will begin to foam heavily as the moisture cooks off and the milk solids begin to brown. Continue stirring and turn the heat down to medium, watching to make sure the solids don't burn. 

    Butter cooking in a saute pan for making Brown Butter. Mean Green Chef
  3. The browned butter is ready when the milk solids become golden brown in color, and the butter slightly darkens in color and has a nutty aroma, about 2 to 5 minutes in total. 

    Butter cooking in a saute pan for making Brown Butter. Mean Green Chef
  4. Remove from heat and transfer the brown butter to a glass jar or container to keep from burning the solids. 

Recipe Notes