Brown butter sauce

Brown butter sauce

By Food E Fare

Brown butter sauce, also known as beurre noisette in French, is a rich and flavorful sauce made by cooking butter until it reaches a golden-brown color. This process enhances the nutty and toasty flavors of the butter, creating a versatile sauce that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

Here's a basic recipe for brown butter sauce:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter


Melt the Butter:

  • Cut the unsalted butter into pieces and place it in a light-colored saucepan or skillet. The light color allows you to better gauge the browning process.

Heat the Butter:

  • Heat the butter over medium heat. Allow it to melt completely.

Foaming Stage:

  • Once the butter is melted, it will go through a foaming stage. Stir occasionally. As the foam subsides, you'll start to see the butter changing color.

Brown the Butter:

  • Continue cooking the butter, stirring frequently. The color will gradually turn from yellow to golden-brown. Be attentive, as the transition from brown to burnt can happen quickly. The butter should have a nutty aroma.

Remove from Heat:

  • As soon as the butter reaches a golden-brown color, remove the saucepan from the heat to prevent it from burning.

Cool Slightly:

  • Allow the brown butter to cool slightly before using it in your recipe. This ensures that it reaches a safe temperature and doesn't overheat.

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