How to Make Brown Butter (And What to Make With It!)

Brown butter is an easy way to make any recipe taste rich and decadent!

Learning how to make brown butter is easy and results in incredible flavor. It can be added to anything from steamed vegetables to pasta or even cookies for an extra boost of flavor.

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What is Brown Butter?

Brown butter is a simple technique of heating butter and allowing the milk solids to separate and become golden. Once it reaches a golden color, the solids are strained out and the remaining liquid is the browned butter.

It will have a lovely golden color and a nutty aroma and flavor.

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There’s only one ingredient in brown butter, but its toasty and buttery flavor is unmistakable!

How to Make Brown Butter

It’s super easy to make this one ingredient sauce, but it does take a little bit of patience!

  1. Heat unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat until butter is melted (per the printable recipe below).
  2. Continue cooking while stirring until the solids separate and the butter begins to turn golden brown.
  3. Once it browns, quickly remove the butter from heat and strain into a bowl jar

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What is Brown Butter Used For?

Brown butter has a mildly nutty flavor that complements nearly everything from meats, vegetables, pasta, and even baked goods like banana bread! It’s easy to make, so explore with brown butter! It is delicious poured over a head of steamed cauliflower, or even as a dip for steak bites or scallops.

Brown Butter Tips

  • For faster more even melting, cut butter into small cubes before cooking.
  • Constant stirring will keep the brown butter from burning, which can happen easily. Remove from heat just when it starts turning golden brown because it will continue to cook once removed.
  • If the brown butter appears a little clumpy, pour it through a strainer or layers of cheesecloth until the mixture is smooth.
  • Brown butter can also be frozen in an ice cube tray and then the cubes can be stored in a zippered bag and then popped out whenever a quick and easy sauce is needed!
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How to Make Brown Butter

Brown Butter is easy to make, and only uses one simple ingredient!
Course How To
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 102
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter cut into cubes

Instructions

  • Heat butter in a skillet or saucepan over medium heat.
  • Continue stirring until butter turns a light brown color and has a nutty fragrance.
  • Immediately remove from the heat (so it doesn’t burn) and strain into a bowl. Discard the solids in the strainer.
  • Store in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

Notes

  • For faster more even melting, cut butter into small cubes before cooking.
  • Constant stirring will keep the brown butter from burning, which can happen easily. Remove from heat just when it starts turning golden brown because it will continue to cook once removed.
  • If the brown butter appears a little clumpy, pour it through a strainer or layers of cheesecloth until the mixture is smooth.
  • Brown butter can also be frozen in an ice cube tray and then the cubes can be stored in a zippered bag and then popped out whenever a quick and easy sauce is needed!

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 102 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Perfect Asparagus Every Time!

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to cook asparagus including steaming, roasting, grilling, or air frying.

A simple seasoning and a quick cook time brings this veggie to tender-crisp perfection for a quick and easy side dish!

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How to Prep Asparagus

The bottoms of each spear can be a bit woody in texture so you’ll want to remove that part. Grab each stalk in the middle and at the woody bottom. Bend to snap off the bottom end of the stalk, it naturally breaks off where it becomes tender.

To Peel or Not To Peel?

There really is no need to peel asparagus most of the time, especially thinner asparagus (the exception is white asparagus). If the stem is really thick, feel free to use a vegetable peeler and trim the stalks slightly, making them easier to cook and eat. I very rarely peel them.

Asparagus in a jar

Storage

Once you have picked your asparagus, remove the rubber band that keeps the stalks together and give them a rinse.

Fill a glass jar with about 1″ of water and place the asparagus in the bottom (almost like you would keep fresh cut flowers). This is a great way to store fresh herbs for up to 2 weeks too! Store uncovered in the fridge.

The Best Ways to Cook Asparagus

This versatile veggie is a ‘snap’ to cook! Here are some favorite ways to prepare this springtime favorite!

Air Fryer Aspragus

Like most veggies, an air fryer is the PERFECT to cook asparagus.

  1. Toss with olive oil and seasonings.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  3. Cook 6 minutes for thinner spears and up to 10 minutes for thicker spears. Check them early so they don’t overcook!

Steamed Aspragus

One of the easiest ways to cook asparagus is on the stove!

  1. It can be steamed in hot water or the broth of your choice for a no-fat, low-fat side.
    1. Place in a steamer basket above water. Cover with a lid.
    2. Steam 4-7 minutes depending on thickness.
    3. Season to taste.

Sauteed Aspragus

Asparagus can be sautéed or fried on the stove.

  1. Heat olive oil or butter in a pan.
  2. Add asparagus and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook over medium heat just until it starts to brown and become tender.

Asparagus in a pot with a steamer

Roasted Asparagus

Roasting asparagus gives it a deep, dark, charred look and an intense flavor, like in this easy oven roasted asparagus recipe.

  1. Prepare stalks by breaking off the woody end and rinsing with cool water.
  2. Toss with olive oil and seasonings to taste.
  3. Heat the oven to 425°F and roast until tender, 8-12 minutes depending on thickness.

Grilled Aspragus

  1. Prepare stalks by breaking off the woody end and rinsing with cool water
  2. Toss with olive oil and season as desired.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high and cook 5-8 minutes depending on thickness.

Asparagus cooks quickly, so take care not to overcook it! Cook just until softened and still a little bit crisp. This will give it the perfect crunch when you bite into it!

Amazing Asparagus

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How to Cook Asparagus

Follow these handy tips for a fool proof asparagus side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 23
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • olive oil optional depending on method
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash asparagus under cool water and shake a little bit to dry.
  • Snap off the bottom stem of each spear.

To Steam Asparagus

  • Place water in the bottom of a saucepan and line with a steamer basket ensuring the water doesn’t touch the basket. Bring to a boil.
  • Place asparagus in the basket, cover and allow to steam 5-10 minutes depending on thickness and desired doneness.
  • Place asparagus on a plate, toss with butter and season with salt & pepper. Serve warm.

To Roast Asparagus

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Toss asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil per pound and salt & pepper.
  • Roast 8-12 minutes or until tender crisp.

To Grill Asparagus

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  • Toss asparagus with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil per pound and salt & pepper.
  • Grill asparagus spears directly on the grill 5-8 minutes turning occasionally. Cook just until tender crisp and lightly charred.

To Air Frye Asparagus

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Cook 6 minutes for thinner spears and up to 10 minutes for thicker spears. Check them early so they don’t overcook!  

Notes

Nutrition information is for asparagus only.

Nutrition

Calories: 23 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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