It’s so easy and quick to make ghee in an Instant Pot (or on the stove), and it’s much more delicious than store-bought! Use your homemade ghee anywhere you’d use butter for more flavor and less lactose.
I’ve been making my own ghee at home for several years now, and it may be my favorite food in the entire world (apologies to macaroni and cheese, my childhood favorite).
If you’re not familiar with ghee, it’s basically clarified butter taken one delicious step further. When you cook butter and strain out the browned milk solids, the end result is a healthy, lactose-free fat that lasts almost forever and won’t burn at high temperatures the way butter does.
The scent of homemade ghee is one of the best smells on earth, and you’ll love using it for cooking, baking, and topping all kinds of food–pretty much anywhere you’d normally use butter, ghee can do the job better!
I posted a recipe for vanilla chai spiced ghee and a chai ghee “latte” four (!) years ago, but I’ve always wanted to devote a whole post to plain old, classic ghee, and when I discovered it’s even faster to make ghee in an Instant Pot, I decided now was the perfect time.
You don’t even need to use the pressure cooking settings to make ghee, but since the Instant Pot heats up so much faster than most stoves, it cuts the amount of time required almost in half.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, never fear–it’s just as easy, albeit a little less quick, to make it in a regular pot on the stove.
Here are a few notes to keep in mind as you make ghee in an Instant Pot or on the stove:
- Grass-fed butter is best, and you definitely want to use unsalted. I usually use Kerrygold because it has such a wonderful flavor!
- Cooking the butter for longer makes the ghee a darker color and gives it a richer flavor and aroma (see the photo below for a comparison of my homemade ghee with store-bought ghee!). I like to wait until the milk solids at the bottom of the pan are dark brown. I have made ghee dozens of times and often look at how dark the browned bits are and wonder if I’ve burned it, but it’s never happened. That’s not to say it’s impossible to burn ghee, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it! The best way to know if it’s ready is to stay close by and listen–the bubbling quiets down markedly when it’s ready to be strained.
- You’ll need some cheesecloth for straining the ghee. It’s best to use a fine cheesecloth like butter muslin to make sure none of the milk solids sneak through. I reuse my butter muslin so I don’t have to keep buying it–just rinse it out with some hot water and dish detergent, machine wash it (I throw it in with my towels and dishcloths), and hang it up to dry.
- Ghee keeps for a very long time, but water can cause it to spoil. Make sure the jars you pour the ghee into are very clean and dry, and use a clean, dry spoon or knife each time you scoop some out.
- Wondering what to do with your ghee? Use it whenever you need a high-heat cooking fat for sautéeing or roasting, or anytime you’d normally use butter! Also, just open the jar and take a whiff whenever you need a quick mood-booster.
I made a little video to show you just how easy it is (I’m pretty new to videos and I made it on my phone, but I hope it still gets the point across!).
It's so easy and quick to make ghee in an Instant Pot (or on the stove), and it's much more delicious than store-bought! Use your homemade ghee anywhere you'd use butter for more flavor and less lactose. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. The nutrition label provided is an estimate for informational purposes only and may not be accurate. I am not a nutritionist or medical professional.
How to Make Ghee (Instant Pot or Stovetop)
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
It's so easy and quick to make ghee in an Instant Pot (or on the stove), and it's much more delicious than store-bought! Use your homemade ghee anywhere you'd use butter for more flavor and less lactose.
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Must you use grass fed butter? And I really wonder why the extra step to make ghee, is it healthier than butter? Thank you!!!!!! And you photo looks beautiful 🙂
You don’t have to use grass fed, it just has more of certain nutrients. If you’re happy with butter no pressing need to make ghee, but ghee has a deeper, nuttier flavor and also much higher smoke point (won’t burn nearly as easily as butter). Plus some people who don’t do well with dairy can still enjoy ghee because most of the lactose and casein comes out. Hope that helps! 🙂
What happens if you use salted butter?
It should still work! I think most of the salt will come out with the solids.
Love your photos and recipes ! So simple and easy !
Love that amber color. I bet it tastes amazing. MMMMmmmm!!!
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving says
I could eat ghee by the spoonful because it’s amazing! It’s amazing how simple this is.
Yes! Another awesome recipe to try in my instant pot!
Melissa~Real Nutritious Living says
I’ve been wanting to do this forever! Look at that rich homemade color!
Brilliant! I did not know you could make it in the IP. Thanks for sharing.
Megan Stevens says
What a great idea that I wouldn’t have thought of, thanks for this tutorial!! Pinned!
Jo Romero says
I’ve only just started cooking with ghee – I buy it in tubs but I imagine it’s much cheaper (and fresher!) to make your own. Will give this a go – thanks for posting!
Julia Mueller says
This is awesome! I’ve always just done store-bought and have been secretly kicking myself for not making ghee sooner. Definitely need to action this ASAP!
Yum! Ghee is my absolute favorite cooking oil, and that’s so awesome that you can make it in the IP. I’ll definitely have to try this out.
Thanks, Jean! It’s my absolute favorite, too. Hope you give it a try in the IP!
I use Strauss organic butter to make my ghee – it is the best yet!
I’ve never seen that brand! I’ll keep an eye out.
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
That chai ghee latte you mentioned is worth making ghee for alone, it sounds amazing and I’ll have to check it out for this weekend’s brunch!
Hope you enjoy it! I just love using ghee in hot drinks!!