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How to make ghee in slow cooker

4.05 from 23 votes
Total: 4 hours
Serves 40

There’s nothing like homemade ghee – so fresh and pure! Making homemade ghee/clarified butter in a slow cooker is so much easier than you think. 

Ghee, a type of clarified butter is an essential part of Indian cooking. It is used in day to day cooking ranging from sweet to savory. Ghee is digestible, healthy and full of essential nutrients. How to make ghee in slow cooker

Its rich, nutty flavor makes it a perfect accompaniment to curries and other foods. Add a tablespoon to your soups and curries and it adds an outstanding flavor to any dish. How to make ghee in slow cooker

But did you know?

Ghee and butter are made up of different components. Butter on its own is made of butterfat churned from cream, water, and milk solids. And ghee which is reduced from butter is nothing but pure, aromatic butterfat – or sudh makhan.

How to make Ghee in a Slow Cooker?

Ghee is made using regular, unsalted butter from grass-fed cow’s milk and in some cases, buffalo milk. To make ghee, butter is slowly cooked in a pan or in a slow-cooker until all the water and casein (a protein found in all mammals’ milk) is removed.

Proteins (milk solids) coagulates at the bottom of the pan and all that is left behind is a delicious fat that is low in lactose and is casein-free. This healthy fat (ghee) can now be used for frying or high-temperature cooking as it has a very high smoking point.

Similar to coconut oil, ghee has a high nutritional value and is a rich source of vitamin A, D, E and K. Because of these fantastic properties, ghee is both healthy and great to cook with.

I like to call it  G – Ghee is, H- Heaven sent, E- Extraordinary, E – Elixir (medicinal potion). w to make ghee in slow cooker

Other ways to make ghee! How to make ghee in slow cooker

Rice cooker – You can cook ghee in a rice cooker too. Put it in the RICE /COOKING setting and follow the recipe below. Cooking time may vary depending on the make and model.


Instant potHow to make Ghee in an Instant Pot?

Ghee in crockpot -  Ruchiskitchen

Some tips to keep in mind!

  • After butter has melted, keep the lid slightly open for rest of the time. Butter contains water and there will be some foaming and bubbling, therefore keep the lid slightly open for the steam to escape. 
  • For me, total cook time was 4.5 hours – 3 hours on HIGH and 1.5 hours on LOW setting. Depending on the model and temperature of the slow cooker it may take longer for ghee to cook.
  • Straining ghee in a glass jar- allow it to cool completely or the hot ghee will break the jar.
  • If all the water from the butter, is evaporated and milk solids are browned properly then ghee stays good for long. If there is any water left behind, ghee will become rancid (rotten). 
  • Clarified butter/ghee has a longer shelf life, both in the refrigerated (6 months or more) and at room temperature (2 months).
How to make ghee in slow cooker - Ruchiskitchen

Hope you like this simple ghee recipe and give it a try. Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. Would love to hear from you. ?

How to make ghee in slow cooker

4.05 from 23 votes
Making homemade ghee is much easier than you think with the help of a slow cooker! So simple and fresh. No more store bought ghee!
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours
Calories: 162 kcal
Servings: 40


  • 2 lb Unsalted Butter (32 oz or 4 cups)


  • I have used a programmable 6 quarts slow cooker for making ghee. Before you begin, please read all the tips above.
  • Heat the slow cooker on high. Unwrap butter blocks and add it to the heated slow cooker.
  • Slightly cover the slow cooker with lid and set the timer to 4-6 hours. Why cover the lid slightly? Because butter contains water and there will be some foaming and bubbling, therefore keep the lid slightly open for steam to escape. Butter after 50 minutes – white foam has settled to the base of slow cooker.
  • By boiling butter, milk solids will separate. Let it simmer until the white foam starts to turn light brown in color. It took me 3 hours (depending on the model of the slow cooker it may take longer).
  • After 3 hours of continuously boiling on HIGH, milk solids are settled at the bottom and lightly toasted. Because the inside pot is stoneware milk solids will not stick to the bottom.
  • LOWER the settings. Set it on LOW and let it simmer uncovered for another 1.5 hours. Water and milk solids separate and settle at the bottom. Milk solids have turned dark brown in color – all toasty and gritty. The end result is a nutty flavored golden colored puree ghee that is totally water-free. This is what gives ghee a longer shell life and distinguishes it from clarified butter. Allow it (ghee) to cool ( as in comfortable to touch).
  • Line a strainer with cheesecloth or you can use a coffee filter.
  • Line the coffee filter with a liner. Filter the ghee through it.
  • Milk solids will collect on top and ghee will filter through.
  • Once all the ghee is strained through, milk solids will remain in the cheesecloth/coffee filter and can be discarded.
  • Look at that beautiful color. As ghee cools, it will turn lighter in color.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. This recipe yields 4 cups or appx. 800 grams of ghee. 
  • If cooked well, ghee can be stored at room temperature for long.
    How to make ghee in slow cooker


How to Store Ghee?
Ghee stores well at room temperature. If the milk solids were carefully removed, ghee will store well in your pantry in a dark, cool place or even in your refrigerator.
In fact, ghee will remain fresh for long (4 months), if stored in the fridge.
The fridge is a better option than the pantry. Just make sure no water or moisture gets close to it.  Store it in an airtight container so that it doesn’t pick up odors from other foods in the refrigerator.


Calories: 162kcal | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 565IU | Calcium: 5mg
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: How To’s
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Nila R Chokshi says:

    Very nice& helpful.

  2. Ruksana says:

    Made this last night and it took 6 hours in slow cooker till I got brown milk solid. Smell heavenly thanks for sharing!

  3. Isha says:

    This recipe worked like a breeze! THANK YOU Ruchi!

  4. Ruchi says:

    Wow ,will try it today .