Homemade ghee in Instant Pot using butter

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Burnt your ghee? Never again! Follow this detailed fail-proof recipe with step by step pictures to make ghee in Instant Pot and say goodbye to storebought ghee.

Freshly made ghee strained in a glass jar.
Ghee made using an Instant Pot

Making ghee in Instant Pot is so easy – just pop the butter in the Instant Pot and voila – you’ll have homemade ghee in no time. Before you learn how to make ghee in Instant Pot, read the most asked questions about ghee.

Ghee versus clarified butter – How are they different?

Both ghee and clarified butter are made by bringing unsalted butter to a boil. If you want to make clarified butter, here’s the process –

  1. Bring unsalted butter to a boil. In a few minutes, it will turn frothy.
  2. Once the froth settles down, the milk solids will separate and sink to the bottom and you’ll see a clear liquid on top. Take it off the heat immediately and what you have now is clarified butter.

To make ghee, lower the heat and continue to cook until the milk solids turn brown. This gives ghee the distinct nutty flavor and aroma.

Ghee is predominantly used in South Asian cooking curries, dal, rice dishes (biryanis) etc whereas clarified butter is best for pan-frying.

Is ghee good for you?

Ghee has a unique short-chain fatty structure which helps mobilize fats from stubborn fat areas in your body. In short, it helps you lose weight according to Rujuta Diwekar – India’s top fitness expert. Click here to read more about the goodness of ghee.

How is ghee better than butter?

  1. Ghee does not contain lactose or casein like butter does thus making it suitable for folks who are lactose or casein-sensitive.
  2. Other than supporting weight loss, ghee also helps build strong bones and is rich in fat-soluble vitamins.
  3. Ghee also has a high smoke point which ensures that ghee won’t burn as quickly as butter.
  4. Lastly, ghee contains a higher amount of medium and short-chain fatty acids compared to butter and thus putting it in the category of heart-healthy fat that is good for you.

Which butter is best to make ghee?

I like Amish unsalted butter the best, followed by Kerry Gold and Costco organic unsalted butter.

Do you need to refrigerate ghee?

Ghee stores well in a kitchen cabinet for up to 3 months and in a refrigerator up to a year.

What to do with leftover milk solids after making ghee?

There are a couple of things you can do with the brown milk solids

  1. Add the milk solids to your soup, dals/curries or add it to your rice while it is cooking.
  2. Use it to make dough for rotis or chapatis.
  3. Saute it along with 1/2 a cup of wheat flour or rice flour until the flour turns light brown. Add sugar (or jaggery powder) and cardamom powder and mix well. Take off heat. Enjoy!
  4. Combine the milk solids with a cup of water and bring this mixture to a boil. Strain it and discard the milk solids. Store the liquid in the refrigerator after it cools down overnight. You’ll see a thick layer of ghee floating on the surface the next day. After you skim the ghee from the top, use the remaining water to make dough for chapatis/rotis.
  5. Use them to make laddoos 🙂

How to make homemade ghee in Instant Pot?

Freshly made ghee cooling down in a glass jar.
Liquid gold aka ghee

How to prevent ghee from burning?

With most Instant Pot recipes, I would recommend following the cooking times to a T but not with ghee. When you are making ghee from butter at home, more than looking at the clock, you need to look for visual cues. That’s where this post is going to come handy. Follow the directions and you’ll never burn your ghee again. If you are looking for a recipe to make homemade ghee on the stovetop, click here to get the recipe.

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Ghee in glass bottle with strainer and a steel pot on the side

Homemade ghee Instant Pot using butter

4.75 from 4 votes
Burnt your ghee? Never again! Follow this detailed fail-proof recipe with step by step pictures to make ghee in an Instant Pot. Save money and say goodbye to storebought ghee.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 64 tablespoons
Diet : Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Course : Basics
Method: Instant Pot
Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs butter

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Place the steel insert in the Instant Pot and press the Saute function. Press the Adjust button to move the selection to “Normal” and wait till the display reads “Hot.” Add butter and let it melt. As the butter melts, it will start getting frothy.
  • Give it a quick stir and continue to cook. The froth will start to disappear slowly and will look the image below.
  • The milk solids will start moving towards the bottom. Click cancel once the melted butter becomes transparent and you can see the milk solids below. This is clarified butter and if that's what you want to make, remove the steel insert carefully from the Instant Pot to stop the cooking process. To make ghee, unplug the Instant Pot but leave the pot in and proceed to the next step. 
  • The ghee will continue to cook and you will see the milk solids turn brown and you will be left behind with a clear liquid.
  • Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before straining into a glass jar. Apply the lid only after the ghee has completely cooled down.
  • Store it at room temperature for a month or refrigerate it for it to last longer.

Video

Notes

It took me approximately 20 minutes to make ghee from 2 lbs of butter. Making 1lb of butter takes about 9-10 minutes. Though the times are provided, I would strongly recommend that you focus more on the visual cues rather than the clock because depending on the quality and temperature of the butter, cooking times may vary.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 355IUCalcium: 3mg

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Ghee solidified after cooling down
Ghee solidifies after cooling down

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25 Comments

  1. After making, and having it turn dark and toasty, I only rendered 1/2 cup. The first 2 times I made it, I got the FULL amount w/the first time turning out like the picture, and the second time turning dark. Sauté was set at Medium. Maybe cutting the butter up in small pieces made this happen instead of putting the whole block in at once? Please comment as to what I did wrong. Thank you!

    1. Sandy – did you use the same brand of butter both times? The moisture content varies by brand and can yield different results.

      1. Yes…. I used the same butter. I just needed to use the visual better and not the time. I’m having success again. Thanks!

  2. The first time I made this, it was clear and beautiful. Twice since, It’s been kind of burnt and toasty (but I like it). What am I doing wrong? Sauté is set at medium.

    1. Sandi – look for the visual cues rather than the time like I mentioned in the post. Remove the steel insert from the Instant Pot when the ghee has turned clear and the milk solids have settled down.

    1. Diane – it is best made with unsalted butter. The process will definitely work with unsalted butter and if you are okay with salty ghee – go for it.

  3. Anu, this is fantastic! I followed your directions to a T… had my doubts… boiling and not sinking solids.. freaked out a bit. I probably unplugged and plugged back in the Instant Pot 5 times. Long story short, the ghee turned out perfect! I did use a strainer and then strained again with a double layer of smooth, fine cotton kitchen toweling to get the last of the solids out of the ghee. I thank you very much.

    1. Hi, Christina – thanks for your feedback. Appreciate it. I am so happy that my recipe worked for you 🙂

  4. I used a pound of unsalted Kerrygold butter. After 40 minutes on Saute Normal, there was still plenty of froth, but the solids that had reached the bottom were very dark. I finally gave up and stopped the process.

  5. 4 stars
    Mine turned brown ? I think the problem I faced was I used 2 small blocks(1/2lb) and i was waiting for all the froth to go away even though I saw solids settling down. Also the solids turned brown quickly. Should I take out the IP liner as soon as I see the solids getting brown?
    Sorry this was my first time making ghee.

    1. Hi Shruti – Now that it has cooled down. How does it look? Unless it is not burnt, you are fine. I shut it off once it appears transparent and the ghee continues to cook or you could do it your way, wait till the milk solids turn brown and then remove the steel insert. Either way is fine. Let me know if you have any questions. Good job with your first attempt at making ghee!

      1. Thanks Anushree. It looks beige in color after cooling down…it smells more nutty than ghee?.
        I guess I shouldn’t have waited for all the froth to disappear and should have removed it as soon as I saw the solids getting brown. Do you think soup setting would work better? And is it okay to remove it before all the froth disappears?
        Your step by step process actually motivated me to go for it. Thanks for posting such detailed recipe.

      2. 5 stars
        Hi Shruti – Don’t have to wait for all the froth to disappear. The key is to look for the milk solids sinking and the ghee turning transparent. My first attempt at ghee had similar results. The change happens in a split second. You’ll learn how to watch it closely with time :-). Can’t wait to see how your next batch turns up.

  6. Hello dear thanks for receipe ..I will surely try ..but can you give the process to make butter as well home made butter. Thank yiu

  7. This looks super easy! Will surely give it a try. Love the way how you give suggestions on how to use the leftover milk solids 🙂

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