Caramelized Shallot Butter

This recipe is for a delicious and easy-to-make caramelized shallot butter. It is perfect for spreading on toast, using as a dip, or as a sauce for meats or vegetables. The shallots are cooked slowly in butter until they are golden brown and caramelized, which gives the butter a rich, sweet, and savory flavor. This recipe is very versatile and can be easily altered to suit your taste.


  • 1/2 pound (225 grams) of shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a large skillet over low heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the shallots, salt, and pepper, and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are golden brown and caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Once cooled, transfer the shallots and butter to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a jar or container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Potential changes & improvements

  • If you want a richer flavor, you can use brown butter instead of unsalted butter.
  • For a spicier flavor, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • For a more savory flavor, you can add a tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme or rosemary.

What other food works well with

Caramelized shallot butter is delicious on toast, but can also be used as a dip for breads or vegetables, or as a sauce for meats or vegetables.

Common Mistakes

  • One common mistake is to cook the shallots on too high of a heat, which will result in them burning. Be sure to cook the shallots on low heat to prevent this.
  • Another common mistake is to not let the shallots caramelize enough. Be sure to cook them until they are a deep golden brown color for the best flavor.

Nutritional Information

  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of caramelized shallot butter contains:
  • 102 calories
  • 11.5 grams of fat
  • 7.1 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 1.4 grams of sodium
  • 6.6 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1.2 grams of sugar
  • 0 grams of protein


This recipe contains shallots, butter, and black pepper.

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