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 the Instant Pot and say goodbye to store-bought ghee.

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

Making ghee in the 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 the Instant Pot, read the most asked questions about ghee.

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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, 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 you will have clarified butter.

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

Ghee is predominantly used in South Asian cooking for curries, dals, 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 that helps mobilize fat from stubborn fat areas in your body. In short, according to Rujuta Diwekar, India’s top fitness expert, it helps you lose weight. 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 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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Homemade ghee Instant Pot using butter

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.
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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 64 tablespoons



  • 2 lbs butter


  • 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.



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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Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 355IUCalcium: 3mg
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Course: Basics
Method: Instant Pot
Keywords: homemade
Cuisine: Indian
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Ghee solidified after cooling down
Ghee solidifies after cooling down

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  1. Can you please add a link to the strainer and glass jar used in your ghee recipe? The strainer seems to perfectly fit your jar. Thanks for the recipe!