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How to Make the Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

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I’ll say it for you – brown butter infused with sage is a match made in culinary Heaven!

Like many of you reading this, I’m no stranger to brown butter with the sweet tooth I have!  Brownies and cookies and cakes are even more decadent in my opinion!  But in savory recipes, brown butter does the same – elevates the flavor of a dish.

Let’s break down this flavor combination to better understand why it’s perfect for pairing with a variety of grains and other savory recipes.

Why Sage and Brown Butter Pair Well Together With Rice

Sage, has a piney, slightly peppery taste and fragrant aroma.  Its flavor profile is BOLD, and distinctive. Brown butter, on the other hand, is the remains of slowly toasting the milk solids that are in butter, which produces a nutty, almost caramelized aroma and taste.

Together, the earthy notes of sage beautifully complement the rich, nutty profile of brown butter.  It’s harmonious.  So yeah, it makes sense that the combination would enhance savory recipes such as “Brown Butter Sage Jasmine Rice,” a dish that’s a testament to this pairing.

How to Make Brown Butter

I had no idea how easy it to make brown butter.  I was definitely overthinking it! Here’s a quick guide on “how to make brown butter”:

  1. What Pan Should You Use?
    I prefer a lighter-colored enameled cast iron or a stainless-steel pan.  Black-coated pans are fine but you won’t be able to easily monitor when the butter changes color so not to burn it.  Set the pan on medium heat.
  2. Use Unsalted Butter
    I almost always use unsalted butter so that I can better control the amount of sodium in my diet. Place your butter in the pan and let it melt.
  3. Go Slow, Not Fast
    Begin melting the butter over medium heat and lightly stir.  As it melts, the water in butter will begin to evaporate so the butter start to foam.
  4. Watch the Color
    Stir occasionally as the milk solids will separate and begin to brown at the bottom.  You want a golden brown color.
  5. Let the Aroma Guide You
    As the butter browns, it will give off a nutty aroma.  This is a good sign – it means it’s almost done and you’ve done everything right up to this point!
  6. Remove to Prevent Burning and Let Cool
    Once you achieve that golden brown color, remove from heat immediately to prevent burning. It’s best to just transfer the brown butter to a different container to stop the cooking process.

And boom – you just made brown butter!

The Benefit of Cooking Fresh Sage in Brown Butter

Adding fresh sage to brown butter isn’t just for the enhanced flavor profile!  When sage leaves are added to hot brown butter, they sizzle, crispen, and intensify in flavor.

The heat releases the herb’s oils which makes the aroma more pronounced and thus the taste more robust, complex.

Kinda like the seasoning leftover in pans after cooking something up, the crispy sage leaves are DELICIOUS if you want to remove them and crush them over a meal you want to enjoy.

So, whether you’re elevating your grains, like the delightful “Brown Butter Sage Jasmine Rice”, or just want to add a rich, nutty aroma to your dishes, this combo can’t miss!

Like the flavor of sage?  Try these recipes:

  1. 5-Ingredient Sage Butter Chicken Sausage & Squash – Easy Dinner
  2. 15-Minute Cajun Chicken & Beef Sausage Meal Prep
  3. Sausage, Spinach & Ricotta Frittata
  4. Orzo, Butternut, Chard & Sausage Medley (V)
  5. Oat, Turkey & Cheese Breakfast Muffins
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How to Make the Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Ingredients

18 Servings
Serving Size:1/2 cup (32g)
* Optional Substitution Note

Steps

Step 1

Set a pan on medium heat and add butter.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 2

Let it melt and stir occasionally, being careful to ensure it is not burning.  The water will evaporate and the butter will start to form.  That’s normal. It should be turning a golden color after a few minutes, about 6 – 8 minutes.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 3

Add the sage leaves to the butter and let them crisp and sizzle for about 2 minutes, or until it is very aromatic.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 4

It’s up to you whether or not you want to remove the sage.  I keep mine.  Add the grains to toast in the infused butter.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 5

Ensure every grain of rice is covered in the butter.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 6

Add water or broth and bring to a simmer.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Then cover, reduce the heat to low-medium, and cook until all the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes since you toasted them.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 7

Remove the pot from the heat and keep the lid closed for about 5 – 10 minutes to let the rice finish absorbing all the liquid and steam.  Then remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Step 8

Enjoy as you normally would as a side dish or maybe even the base for a recipe.  The possibilities are pretty endless!

Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

How to Make the Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Kevin Curry

Here's an easy way to boost the flavor of your grains - toast the rice in brown butter and sage! Delicious!
Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Cook 15min
Total 15min

Category Meal Prep
# of servings18
Calories 120

  1. Set a pan on medium heat and add butter.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  2. Let it melt and stir occasionally, being careful to ensure it is not burning.  The water will evaporate and the butter will start to form.  That’s normal. It should be turning a golden color after a few minutes, about 6 – 8 minutes.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  3. Add the sage leaves to the butter and let them crisp and sizzle for about 2 minutes, or until it is very aromatic.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  4. It’s up to you whether or not you want to remove the sage.  I keep mine.  Add the grains to toast in the infused butter.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  5. Ensure every grain of rice is covered in the butter.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  6. Add water or broth and bring to a simmer.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

    Then cover, reduce the heat to low-medium, and cook until all the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes since you toasted them.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  7. Remove the pot from the heat and keep the lid closed for about 5 – 10 minutes to let the rice finish absorbing all the liquid and steam.  Then remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

  8. Enjoy as you normally would as a side dish or maybe even the base for a recipe.  The possibilities are pretty endless!

    Brown Butter Sage Rice Recipe

Nutrition per serving

Calories120cal
Protein2g
Fats1.5g
Carbs24g
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Details

Cook 15min
Total 15min
# of servings18
Serving Size:1/2 cup (32g)

Nutrition per serving

Calories120cal
Protein2g
Fats1.5g
Carbs24g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!