Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

Browned Butter Zucchini Bread recipe has been amped up with scrumptious browned butter to make this a rich and decadent breakfast treat.


Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

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It’s no secret that this time of year there is an abundance of zucchini. If you don’t grow it, you can get it for super-cheap in stores and markets. To be honest, zucchini isn’t a vegetable that I use a lot. I don’t love it when it gets mushy and I find it to be a bit on the bland side.

What I do love though is zucchini bread!  This Browned Butter Zucchini Bread is almost like a coffee cake, but somewhat lighter. It has a nice light caramel taste though due to one little trick: browned butter. It’s a pretty easy batter to toss together and so taking a few extra minutes to give the brown the butter is totally worth it and pays huge dividends in the flavor department.

Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

Browned Butter Zucchini Bread recipe has been amped up with scrumptious browned butter to make this a rich and decadent breakfast treat.
3.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breads, Desserts, Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Yield 1 9×5 loaf



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup browned butter
  • cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini 2 small zucchini


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add 1/2 cup unsalted butter to a small pot over medium-low heat. Once it melts, stir a bit and continue to cook until the melted butter foams and the foam breaks down. When it smells nutty and fragrant and you start to see tiny brown bits on the bottom of the pot, about 5-6 minutes, remove the pot from the heat.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, browned sugar (cooled) and vanilla extract. It’s okay to add the browned bits to the mix also from the browned butter. Then stir wet stuff into the dry stuff.
  • Grate zucchini with skin on until you have two cups of packed zucchini (about 2 small zucchini). Then fold grated zucchini into the batter.
  • Lightly butter an 9×5 loaf pan and dust it lightly with flour. Then scoop the batter into the loaf pan. Bake the loaf for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees until it’s nicely browned on the surface.
  • Let the loaf cool for 10 minutes or so and then remove the loaf from the pan. Slice and serve the loaf while warm. Once the loaf is completely cooled, it keeps great for a few days wrapped in plastic wrap.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 500mgPotassium: 151mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 476IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Brown Butter, Zucchini Bread, zucchini recipes

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Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

Browning the Butter

Browned butter is such a sexy ingredient. The only trick is that if you cook it too hot or too long then it becomes burned butter which is definitely not sexy.

Don’t let that deter you though from trying it out. The key is to add your butter (unsalted works best I think) to a small pot over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, it will start to foam. Let the butter foam and stir it slowly. The foam will eventually stop and you’ll notice that some of the butter solids are settling on the bottom of the pan.

When those little bits start to turn a light caramel color and the butter starts to smell really nutty and delicious, remove it from the heat immediately!

This was my finished browned butter and it took me 5-6 minutes to make.

Browned not burned.
Browned not burned.

Making the Batter

To start the batter, whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and then work with the sweet and liquid stuff in a smaller bowl. That includes the sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla, and honey. Stir those things together!

For the browned butter, there’s no need to filter out the milk solids. You can add those to the batter without a worry.

Mixing sweet stuff - Browned Butter Zucchini Bread
Mixing sweet stuff.

When you whisk together the sweet mixture, make sure the butter is slightly cool or it might cook the eggs.

The mixture will essentially look like caramel and will smell amazing!

Caramel basically - Browned Butter Zucchini Bread
Caramel basically.

Now for the zucchini. Nothing hard about this… just grate the stuff. You need about two packed cups which, for me, was two small zucchini.


To finish the batter, stir the wet stuff into the dry stuff and then stir in the grated zucchini.

It’ll look like a lot of zucchini, but it works out.

Batter done!
Batter done!

Baking the Loaf

To bake this Browned Butter Zucchini Bread, lightly butter a 9×5 loaf pan and then dust it lightly with flour. This will make it easier to remove the loaf when its done baking.

Then just scoop the batter into the loaf pan!

Browned Butter Zucchini Bread - Ready to bake.
Ready to bake.

Bake this at 350 degrees F for about 60 minutes. The batter is really moist so it takes a while to get completely baked.

The finished Browned Butter Zucchini Bread loaf will be a nice dark toasty color and your whole house will smell like heaven (I imagine).

Perfect Browned Butter Zucchini Bread

Let the loaf cool for a few minutes, pop it out of the loaf pan, and slice it up!

Up close! Browned Butter Zucchini Bread from Macheesmo
Up close!

You can serve this Browned Butter Zucchini Bread warm or at room temperature. If you need to store it, let it cool completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and it’ll keep just fine for a few days.

The loaf has the perfect amount of sweetness and has a nice caramel, nutty flavor thanks to the browned butter.

If you happen to have a few zucchini laying around, give this bread a shot!

9 Responses to “Browned Butter Zucchini Bread” Leave a comment

  1. Fantastic, there is a zuc on the counter waiting to be cooked.
    You have a way with words, I could actually smell the butter when reading this.

  2. I like this recipe because of the low sugar content. I just made a loaf last week and there was 1.5 cups of sugar.

    I add dried cranberries to mine and I think it makes it better.

  3. The weather in the Grand Valley was cool evough to turn the oven on 350 for an hour. The helper, my husband, wanted to know why use unsalted, we had to research that. Then the butter cooked for ever and never really browned, the patience was lacking. IT WAS FANTASTIC, so glad we doubled the batch. Thanks Nick

  4. Oh main, I was looking for a good zucchini bread recipe — my garden only has one plant, but I can’t keep up with it, I have a foot-long zucchini practically every other day. Thanks, making this today!

  5. I made this today. The smell of the brown butter with the brown sugar was like a really good homemade caramel sauce. Mmmmm. This is the best zucchini bread I’ve evern had. I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 white (both organic) and organic brown sugar.

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