5 Ways to Soften Butter

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5 Ways to Soften Butter
5 Ways to Soften Butter

Butter is a crucial ingredient in many recipes and in creating delicious bakes. Many of them require softened butter, but you may have forgotten to bring it to room temperature beforehand. If you need to soften butter quickly, there are several ways to do this. Just be careful not to overheat it, or it will melt.


Method 1 of 5: Cutting the Butter into Smaller Pieces

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Step 1. Measure the amount needed

Cut and analyze how much butter you need to have before softening it, as the entire bar could deform. Consult the recipe and take this measurement before using a measuring spoon or scale to get the exact amount right from the start.

If it's still wrapped, you may be able to take measurements based on the side information in order to cut it accurately

Step 2. Cut the butter into cubes of two to three centimeters

Use a sharp knife to cut the butter into smaller pieces. They should be very similar in size so that they soften evenly. Separate them from each other so they don't get attached to each other, which would only delay the process.

The increase in surface area will make the butter soften more quickly

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Step 3. Leave the butter at room temperature for 10 to 20 minutes

Leave the pieces of butter on a plate and cover them with a tray or aluminum foil, thus preventing the entry of any external agent. Let it rest for approximately 20 minutes until it is soft and easy to spread.


You can keep an entire bar at room temperature if you don't want to worry about a possible shortage when you need it.

Method 2 of 5: Rolling the Butter

Step 1. Place it between two sheets of waxed paper or butter

Place a sheet of waxed paper on the table or counter and place the required amount of butter on the center. Place another sheet of waxed paper on top and press it down firmly, holding it in place. Both sheets should be the same size so the butter doesn't seep down the sides.

If you like, it is also possible to cut it into cubes before starting

Step 2. Beat the butter with a rolling pin three or four times to knead it

Hold the waxed paper in your non-dominant hand and the rolling pin by one end with the other. Whisk the butter three to four times firmly to begin the flattening process. Continue until it has a uniform consistency throughout its length.


Only beat in the butter if you took it directly from the fridge - if it's already soft, it will end up leaking down the sides.

Step 3. Roll the butter to flatten it

When it is slightly kneaded from the previous step, hold the rolling pin with both hands and spread it out as you would a bread dough. Try to get half an inch thick to enlarge the surface area. When finished, remove the top sheet of waxed paper.

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Step 4. Leave the butter at room temperature for approximately five minutes

It should be relatively soft after the previous step, but leave it on the counter for another five minutes. When completely softened, take off the waxed paper and mix it with the other ingredients.

Softened butter can end up clinging to the waxed paper. If necessary, scrape it off with a knife for complete removal

Method 3 of 5: Grating the Butter

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Step 1. Measure the amount of butter needed for the recipe

Read on the side of the package for the recommended measures. Use a knife to cut as much as needed for your recipe. If the butter has already been removed, use measuring spoons or a kitchen scale to arrive at the desired amount.

Step 2. Grate the butter into a bowl

Use the side of the grater with the larger holes to get the pieces the right size and shape for preparation. Hold the grater and butter over a clean bowl so the pieces fall out unobstructed. Press it onto the grater with firm pressure and start. Continue grating the butter until all the pieces are in the bowl.

  • Move the butter up and down only, avoiding moving the grater. This will make the process easier.
  • Grating works best if the butter comes directly from the fridge or freezer.


Hold the butter using part of the wrapper if you don't want to get your fingers dirty.

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Step 3. Allow the pieces of butter to soften for five minutes before adding them to your recipe

Leave them in the bowl and warm them to room temperature for about five minutes. This way they will be soft and will mix well with the other ingredients being used.

  • Grated butter is best for preparing crackers or crumbled or buttery breads, as it mixes well with the other ingredients.
  • You can grate the butter directly into the bowl with the other ingredients, if desired.

Method 4 of 5: Using a double boiler

Step 1. Heat half a liter of water in a pan

Put water in a small pot and heat it over medium heat. Continue to heat it until steam begins to form, then reduce the temperature to low heat.

You don't need to boil the water, or it will get too hot

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Step 2. Place a glass or metal bowl over the pan

Put a heat-resistant bowl over the pan to cover it entirely - or it will not heat up as expected. Let it sit for one to two minutes until it is warm to the touch.

Use a double pan specifically for the bain-marie if you already have it handy

Step 3. Put the butter in the bowl to soften it

Put the amount of butter needed for the recipe into the bowl and watch it carefully. The steam from the pan will heat the bowl and begin the softening process. Test the softness with a spoon to see if it's still too hard. When it starts to dissolve easily with the spoon, remove the bowl from the top of the pan.

Remember to remove the bowl before the butter starts to melt


A glass or metal bowl will end up overheating, so use an oven mitt if you need to handle it.

Method 5 of 5: Heating the Butter in the Microwave

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Step 1. Cut the butter into 1cm cubes

Measure the amount needed for the recipe and cut it with a kitchen knife. Then use it to cut it into half-inch pieces to speed up the softening. Put them all in a container for microwave use.

Cutting the butter is not necessary, but it facilitates the softening process

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Step 2. Microwave the butter for five seconds

Leave the container in the center of the oven and turn it on for five seconds. Watch the butter during this process to ensure it does not melt. Once complete, test the butter's hardness with your finger or a spoon. See if the cubes feel solid in the middle or if they're already soft.

In most microwaves, the butter will not be completely soft after the first five seconds


If you can change the microwave intensity, set it low to prevent the butter from melting.

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Step 3. Use five-second increments until the butter is soft but not melted

If it's hard after the first time it comes out of the microwave, leave it on for another five - be sure to stay alert to avoid melting. When the butter is completely soft, take it out and include it in your recipe.

Butter melts quickly in the microwave, so it's important to be prepared to stop working at any time


  • Leave a whole bar on a plate or tray at room temperature so you always have softened butter when you need it.
  • Use unsalted butter when preparing roasts to avoid taste interference.


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