46 Tempting Brown Butter Recipes
Brown-Butter Figgy Pudding
The figgy pudding of holiday carols comes alive in this dense cake filled with dried Mission figs and served with a brown-butter hard sauce.
Sliced Pork Chops with Brown Butter-Golden Raisin Relish
This savory meal starts in the slow cooker. Prepare the pork chops in the slow cooker and then finish them in the skillet. Served with a side of sweet potatoes and a raisin-olive relish, this dish is filled with rich flavors. We also paired the pork chops with a side of couscous but you could swap it out for your favorite grain.
Brown-Butter Lobster Bisque
Lobster bisque—basically decadence in the form of soup—turns extra indulgent with cooked rice blended in as a thickener. Take the time to brown the butter to give it added nutty dimension, then garnish with halved claws for a show-stopping starter.
Brown Butter Cake with Cocoa
A good bit of salt enhances all the flavors here.
Pasta with Browned Butter, Anchovy, and Kale
Match the hearty taste of whole-grain noodles with anchovy, red pepper, and pecorino Romano cheese. Lest those flavors get too heavy, brighten with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Gnocchi with Browned Butter
Bastianich loves fresh sage with buttery gnocchi.
Browned Butter Asparagus
A hint of tarragon adds unique, fresh flavor to the dish, but you can use any herb you like.
Brown Butter Cornbread Muffins
They just happen to be gluten-free
Roasted Turnips with Sage Browned Butter
Sage and browned butter is a classic pairing that enhances roasted turnips (which look like white, oversized radishes). Toss with the butter mixture as soon as the turnips are done.
Brown Butter Will Make Oatmeal Great Again
Say goodbye to bland breakfast
You Should Use Brown Butter in Every Pancake You Make
Good morning, Mr. Maillard
Chicken Breasts with Brown Butter-Garlic Tomato Sauce
Browned butter is the quick cook's best-kept secret: It takes less than 2 minutes to caramelize the milk solids in butter for a fragrant, nutty note in any dish.
Browned Butter Pears
These buttery-sweet and delicately nutty pears are an excellent accompaniment to pork, but also make for an easy dessert for a fall dinner party (especially spooned over ice cream). We preferred to have a little bit of firm bite remain in our pears when testing the recipe, but if you’d prefer them to be a touch softer, simply continue cooking the fruit until your desired texture is reached.
Chicken Fricassee with Browned Butter Noodles
This French-country-meets-retro classic gets a weeknight twist with quick-cooking chicken cutlets and egg noodles. Keep the sear on the chicken to a light golden color so it won't darken the delicate white wine sauce.
Butter Pecan Layer Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
Nutty Browned Butter Frosting meets tender pecan cake in this showstopping three-layer dessert. When browning the butter for the frosting, pour the butter into a bowl as soon as it turns golden brown, or it will continue to cook and get too dark.
Roasted Butternut Squash, Apples, and Figs with Sage Brown Butter
If you only want to use one sheet pan and make 4 servings, divide this recipe in half, and save the extra half of your par-cooked butternut squash for a soup, roast, or stuffing.
Brown-Butter Crab Benedict with Old Bay Hollandaise
Blackberry, Browned Butter, and Almond Tart
"It's like a cookie on the outside and a cake on the inside with pockets of juicy blackberries," says Steffan.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Butter
Brown butter takes these rich, seasonal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to the next level, adding a nutty, fragrant flavor that is absolutely perfect for fall. Canned pumpkin puree lends moisture to these fluffy, cake-like treats while warm chocolate chips fill every bite. Make these for a Halloween party or a fall dinner party, and be sure to store any leftovers in an airtight container.
Browned Butter Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
Old-school form meets new-school flavors in this twist on carrot cake. Browning the butter intensifies its flavor, making it nutty and caramel-rich. The Bundt cake form makes for a much easier—but still delicious—dessert, freeing you from the fuss of stacking and frosting layers. We call for shredding the carrots on the smaller holes of a grater for more delicate strands that incorporate better into the batter. You can bake the cake ahead and freeze it, unglazed; wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and freeze in a ziplock plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months (glaze the thawed cake).
Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon
The peppery flavor of radishes shine in this simple recipe for Radishes in Browned Butter and Lemon.
Browned Butter Whole-Wheat Muffins
Bakery muffins often hide plenty of refined sugar and flour (what gives them that cakelike crumb). While oversized, they rarely keep you satisfied for long. Our basic muffin bumps up the fiber and protein with whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, and yogurt so you’ll stay fueled throughout the morning. A ripe mashed banana adds sweetness and moisture without much noticeable flavor (these are not banana bread muffins). We also brown the butter for extra nutty depth. Add any combo of nuts, fruit, grated vegetables, or warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Enjoy as is, or split and gently toast before adding your favorite spread.
Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter, Chile, and Honey
"Raw radishes and fresh butter are a classic pairing, but here we cook the two together until toasty and nutty," says chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene's in Portland. "A splash of vinegar, a pinch of chile, and a drizzle of honey create a delicious tension that makes this dish unexpectedly satisfying."
Grits and Greens with Brown Butter Hot Sauce
You can substitute your favorite hearty winter greens, but don't skip the hot and tangy sauce--it makes the dish.
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie
Browning the butter with spices lends a deep, nutty flavor to this Southern classic.
Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter
The full-bodied flavor of sage browned butter dresses up classic sauteed chicken in this 25-minute supper.
Sweet Potato Stacks with Sage Browned Butter
Holiday sweet potato sides can lean toward too-sweet territory; a dose of salty, nutty Parmesan balances the flavor in these adorable, delicious stacks. Get the kids to help by having them stack the slices and cheese in the muffin cups as you follow behind with the browned butter.
Roasted Rockfish with Artichokes, Citrus, and Lemon-Caper Browned Butter
Rockfish--also known as Pacific snapper or rock cod--is one of the most sustainable and widely available fish in the West, and has a mildly sweet flavor. Vermilion rockfish, with their scarlet hue, are especially pretty and tasty. For a large feast-worthy fish, order ahead of time from your seafood shop or counter.
Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter
You're just 4 ingredients away from the easiest perfect game day appetizer ever.
Frosted Brown Butter Blondies
Frosted Brown Butter Blondies
Brown Butter Lobster Rolls
Potatoes with Sage Brown Butter
Clare Carver of Big Table Farm winery in Oregon loads up garden potatoes with crisp sage leaves--but feel free to use less if you prefer a milder flavor.
Brown Butter Gnocchi
Pair pasta-like potato gnocchi with spinach and Parmesan for a light and flavor-packed dish in minutes.
Brown Butter Apple Pie
Browned butter adds a subtle nutty flavor to the crust, and the filling gets a sweet makeover from two types of apples, rich brown sugar, and just the right amount of warming spices. For the best flavor and texture, mix it up: we chose Granny Smith for tartness and Honeycrisp for sweetness. Serve warm with cold vanilla or butter pecan ice cream for the ultimate Southern dessert. Don't be afraid of trying the lattice crust; in just four easy steps you will have the braided look completed.