How to Quickly Soften Butter

Have you ever started a recipe and then realized you needed softened butter and all your butter is stored in the fridge?

how to soften butter quickly

When I lived up north I was able to keep butter on the counter, but in Florida it gets too warm to leave it out. My sister showed me a way to soften a stick of butter in just a few minutes.

Take a stick of butter and place it in a ziploc bag.

Fill a bowl or container with warm water. Place the butter in the ziploc bag in the warm water.

In a few minutes you will have soft butter that is easy to spread or use in a recipe. The key to getting the butter soft but not melted is to use warm water, not hot. (Ask me how I know.) :)

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  1. Heather says:

    ooo good tip! I always use the microwave and end up with partially melted butter…which sometimes really makes a negative impact on a recipe.

  2. L2L says:

    I so needed this tip and this morning, I forgot to set out the butter for our breakfast cookies, now all is not lost!!!!!!! Thanks a bunch!!!!!!!

  3. Christine says:

    Thanks! (wish I had read this 12 hours ago!)

  4. Cherrill says:

    Thanks for this great tip, and your right FL and butter are not a great combination… I recently got a butter crock on a trip to NC it didn’t really work to well here either. Happy Thanksgiving

  5. Marni says:

    Great tip! The microwave is horrible. Cooks uneven and is all melted but then hard. Thanks!

  6. Southern Gal says:

    Thanks for the tip. I used it with cream cheese and butter this morning. Works way better than melting in the microwave!

  7. Samantha says:

    What a great tip! I always soften it TOO much in the microwave! Thanks!


  8. the best ideas are often the simplest!

  9. Julie E. says:

    Whatever you do, do not use hot water!! It melts very fast when it is in hot water!! LOL

  10. Tess S. says:

    you are a life saver. just about had a meltdown. no pun intended.

  11. Vikki says:

    I never thought of that. I just take a rolling pin to it. By the time it’s flat it’s soft.

  12. Sharon says:

    Here’s another way – grate it. This works especially well when all you have is frozen butter. Send it through a grater and you’ve got yourself a bowl of softened butter.

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