Super Simple Coconut Ghee

Homemade Coconut Ghee
Homemade Coconut Ghee

I didn’t know that coconut ghee was a thing until earlier this year. I’ve made it for over 3 years. If you have a dairy sensitivity, not a full-blown allergy, it’s a good way to cut back on butter while not depriving yourself of the flavor. 🙂

One pound of butter makes 13 ounces of ghee

I do half ghee and half coconut oil but the ratios are completely up to you. I only use pastured butter and organic coconut oil. Always use the best quality ingredients that you can manage.

Gotchas

If you use salted butter and want salted ghee, you’ll have to add pinch of salt to your mixture. The salt settles out into the whey when making the ghee.

I’m a firm believer in “Work smarter, not harder”. Use low heat. The key to making ghee is patience. Plus, burning a whole pound of expensive pastured butter is an expensive life lesson I can do without.

How to Make the Ghee

Melted butter in a pan
Slowly melt butter of low heat.

I slowly melt down my butter. When it’s completely melted and the whey has settled to the bottom, I put it in the refrigerator. Yep, you heard me. Let it completely harden in the fridge for an hour or so.

hardenedGhee
The whey can easily be poured or rinsed off.

The benefit  become crystal clear once you poke a hole in the hardened butter fat. The whey remains liquid under the ghee. It’s so simple to pour it off at that point. You can also rinse the solidified butter off in the sink, if you really want to make sure you got all the whey off. You now have ghee without fussing with spooning out the butter and trying to minimize the whey contamination in the final product.

I discovered this trick by accident a couple of years ago. I had to stop mid-process for some reason so I put the pan in the fridge. When I came back and poked a hole in the solidified ghee, I discovered the whey. Serendipity!

Turning the Ghee into Coconut Ghee

Add coconut oil to ghee and melt slowly of low heat.
Add coconut oil to ghee and melt slowly of low heat.

Once I’ve eliminated the whey, it’s back on the stove to melt the ghee and add in the coconut oil and just a pinch of salt, if you like. I just eyeball it. If you want to be exact, one pound of butter makes 13 ounces of ghee. Assuming you started with a pound of butter, just add 13 ounces of coconut oil for a 1:1 ratio.

meltedCoconutGheeOnce the ghee and the oil are melted and combined. Pour into small containers, label, and refrigerate. I keep mine in the refrigerator only because I’m paranoid about mold. Refrigerated coconut ghee does harden due to the coconut oil. It’s probably safe to keep small amounts on the counter in a covered container. Follow your own family’s needs.

One tablespoon of the coconut ghee weighs 14 grams

Substituting Coconut Ghee for Butter

If you’re measuring for a recipe, remember that one tablespoon of the coconut ghee weighs 14 grams. You can follow my measurement conversion chart to figure out how much you need by weight.

Coconut ghee is a 1:1 substitution for butter in any recipe except when baking, since butter is almost 19% water (13 oz ghee + 3 oz watery whey = 16 oz butter). Recipes that call for cutting butter into the flour, like pie crusts and biscuits, are counting on the water in the butter to provide steam and create the flaky layers.

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34 Responses to Super Simple Coconut Ghee

  1. Olivia says:

    I make my own ghee, but I’ve never added coconut oil to it. Thanks for the tip! I’m going to try this the next time. I imagine it tones down the strong ghee flavour?

  2. Sara says:

    Interesting….I am trying to shop locally grown/raised/created products and trying to avoid dairy. This may be a bit tough once I run out of coconut oil… but it is inspirational and something I can do now with the butter I make! 🙂

  3. Very interesting- thanks for sharing on Wellness Wednesday. I had never heard of coconut ghee until I read this!

  4. Kelly says:

    Hi Jillian! Is this what you use in your coffee?

  5. This is great. I’ve been meaning to have a go at making ghee for ages. Thanks x

  6. G’day! Never made my own ghee before! Thank you!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  9. April says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. 🙂 I have always wanted to try making ghee, I will have to give it a go! I hope you stop by and join us again this week. http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-4.html

  10. Miz Helen says:

    I have not tried the Coconut Ghee yet, but I am looking forward to trying it very soon. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Kristin says:

    Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.
    http://www.herbanmomma.com

  13. lisa lynn says:

    This looks great! Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you back again today. 🙂

  14. I have to try this!! 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    What great recipes this week in the link up!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  18. I’ve seen many recipes call for ghee, but never knew what it was. Seems simple to make. Thanks again for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  19. This sounds so good. I love to use coconut oil, and now I have learned of a new way to use it- thank you! And thanks for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! 🙂

  20. LydiaF says:

    This will be helpful to many people! I like using both products, but haven’t done much at all with ghee. Thanks for linking up at Real Food Fridays 🙂

  21. I’ve never heard of ghee before (is that crazy?) but I’m intrigued… I’ll have to try making this and using it in my cooking to see how I like it.
    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!! We hope you’ll join us again next week and share even more wonderful recipes! 🙂

  22. Carie Spence says:

    Wow. I absolutely am thrilled to see this. I actually just found it on the Real Food Friday. I use ghee and coconut oil all the time but I had no idea you could combine them. This is no my project for tomorrow so I’m pinning it now. Thanks!

  23. Marla says:

    great recipe! I use organic ghee butter myself but this would be a great alternative to buying it and the coconut flavor would be a great change. thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Will pin!

  24. Suzy says:

    This sounds perfect for all kinds of baking and cooking. I bet that little kick of coconut just gives everything a whole new twist!

  25. Jill says:

    I had never heard of ghee until today. This sounds interesting. I pinned!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  26. otilia says:

    i never used ghee before but i heard is really good for cooking indian #fridayfoodie

  27. Coming over from your coconut sugar recipe and I love this one too! I love all things coconut! Pinned!

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