Clarified Butter (How to Clarify Butter)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Ever been intimidated by a recipe that calls for clarified butter? No need! It's not a difficult process at all...


  1. Cut the butter into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Heat the butter over low heat in a copper bottomed saucepan.
  3. When butter has melted, remove it from the heat and let stand for 4 minutes.
  4. Careful not to disturb the layers of melted butter, pour all of it through two layers of cheesecloth; discard the solids and froth that are left on the cloth.
  5. The remaining butter is clarified!
  6. Keep chilled until use; clarified butter can be stored in the refrigerator, staying chilled in an airtight container, for up to a month.


Most Helpful

I used this method to make clarified butter to have with lemon and sea salt, to dip my artichokes in. Excellent results following these directions!

Its Me Busy Bee April 21, 2009

What can I say except Easy Peasy? LOL!! Didn't have any cheesecloth left so just scooped out the floating stuff and pour off the clarified butter leaving the milk stuff below in the pan.

V'nut-Beyond Redemption March 08, 2004

Did this using the microwave for heat and a gravy separator and fine sieve to remove the milk solids. What a great recipe. This one's a keeper.

sugarpea January 26, 2008

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