How to Brown Butter

A dish of ravioli tossed with brown butter and cheese

Brown butter, also known as beurre noisette in French, is regular butter that has been cooked just long enough to toast the milk solids found in it. This process adds a lovely nutty and caramelized flavor to anything you add it to. It's often used in both sweet and savory dishes and is especially delicious when tossed with your favorite pasta or added to baked goods. The next time a recipe calls for melted butter, try browning the butter for a unique flavor.

How to Brown Butter

What you need


Place a wide, heavy-bottom pan over medium-low heat.

Add the butter. As it melts, continuously swirl the butter around the pan. The butter will go from brown to burnt quickly, so stay close!

Keep swirling the butter over the heat until it is light brown in color and smells nutty. This should take about five to seven minutes. Once browned, take it off the heat and transfer it to a heatproof container. Add to your favorite recipes!

Optional (but definitely recommended): For herb-flavored brown butter, add a handful of fresh sage, rosemary, or thyme to the pan while you make the brown butter.