Drawn Butter

Drawn butter, otherwise known as clarified butter, is butter from which the milk solids have been removed, intensifying the flavor and leaving a clear, yellow liquid behind that's perfect for dipping.

Drawn Butter
Photo: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Styling / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, without stirring, occasionally skimming and discarding foam that develops on the surface, until the butter begins to become clear and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully skim and discard any remaining foam from the surface. Slowly and carefully pour the clear butter into a heatproof bowl, leaving the milk solids in the pan; discard the solids. Serve warm.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 month (butter will solidify when chilled, heat before serving).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
23g Fat
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Vitamin A 710IU 14%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 7mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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