Simple Ghee


This is a recipe for ghee, or clarified butter, used in many Indian dishes. It is difficult to find in small-town America! It will keep in the refrigerator for a few months.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 cups


  • 2 pounds unsalted butter

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat until butter starts to foam and boil, about 10 minutes. Push the foam to the side, without stirring, to see if butter is clear, bright, and golden.

  2. Remove skillet from heat and add salt; cool for about 2 minutes.

  3. Pour butter through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove foam and particles into a glass container. Ghee will thicken and turn slightly translucent. Store in refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

If butter turns brown or black, you've burned it and you have to start over.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
12g Fat
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.