Tip from Christina Tosi: Brown Butter in the Microwave

published Nov 16, 2011
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Browned butter is one of my all-time favorite flavors of fall cooking. I could eat any one of these recipes without being asked twice, and then lick the plate clean. Dangerously for me, and probably you, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar has just made the process of browning butter a whole lot easier.

I honed in immediately on this gem of a tip in Tosi’s new cookbook Momofuku Milk Bar. Here is a lady who knows when to put in the time and when to cut corners for the sake of efficiency. If she says it’s ok to brown butter in the microwave, count me in.

And it really is as simple as putting the butter in the microwave and pressing “On.” Tosi says to put the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with another microwave-safe bowl or plate to avoid splattering your microwave with hot butter. Microwave for 3-5 minutes, depending on how much butter you’re melting down.

Tosi says, “The butter will melt, then start to pop and begin to brown during this period.” She also says not to be afraid to let it get really dark brown. “You want it deep brown in color and super-nutty in aroma.” Yes. Yes, we do.

My only fear with this method is that it now makes browning butter far too easy. Without the fuss of making it on the stove top, what’s to stop me from browning a few pats for my morning oatmeal or midnight snack of popcorn? This could be trouble.