Move aside, bone broth and activated charcoal—there's another superfood piquing the interest of wellness enthusiasts. It's called ghee, and while recipes with ghee are old news to those familiar with Southeast Asian cultures and Ayurvedic medicine, the clarified butter has been trickling down to the mainstream thanks to its keto- and paleo-friendly, lactose-free properties.
Ghee is made by melting down butter and skimming away the milk solids and water. What's left is a pure butterfat oil, which means cooking with ghee may be easier to digest for people with lactose intolerance. It's thought to promote good digestion, and contains fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K for optimum nutrient absorption. In Ayurvedic medicine, ghee is used for a variety of wellness needs, including inflammation, to help promote flexibility, and prevent memory loss, reports Yoga Journal. Ghee is often found in Indian and other Southeast Asian dishes, but you can use it to replace butter or oil in most recipes. It also has a higher smoke point, which means it can withstand higher-temperature cooking.
Use ghee to replace butter and oil in most recipes.
Make a batch yourself or pick up a jar at the market—it's time to test out the buzzy ingredient in these eight ghee recipes.
Keto Pad Thai
This keto-friendly pad thai recipe from Hello Glow utilizes low-carb shirataki noodles (Japanese noodles made from konjac yam), chicken, bean sprouts, spring onions, crunchy cabbage, and eggs cooked in ghee. It's bursting with flavors thanks to a sauce made with coconut aminos, Sriracha, garlic, coconut butter, and fish sauce. Cooking both the chicken and eggs in ghee also gives the dish a special kick of flavor and health benefits.
Creamy Cashew Indian Butter Paneer
A play on a traditional Indian dish, this recipe for creamy cashew Indian butter sauce with fried paneer from Half Baked Harvest offers up a rich meal that's much easier to make than you might think. With only 15 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of cook time, dinner will be on the table in less than an hour. Use flavorful ingredients like ghee, paneer cheese, cashews, garlic, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to create a creamy sauce to serve over rice with a side of naan.
This recipe for seared scallops from Fed+Fit is a perfect example of how ghee can replace butter in almost any dish. A delectable seafood dinner, the lightly seasoned scallops cook perfectly in a pan coated with ghee and garlic. Simply cook the juicy morsels until they turn golden brown; then flip them. Finish them off with a squeeze of lemon and some parsley to garnish.
Mixed Vegetable Savory Oatmeal
Trade in your sweet, fruit-adorned morning oatmeal for this savory oatmeal from Playful Cooking made with veggies, eggs, and of course, ghee. Prepare vegetables seasoned with cumin and turmeric in a pan; then add rolled oats and water to cook. After a few minutes, the mixture should turn creamy and be ready to eat. Top with sliced hard-boiled egg, a drizzle of ghee, cilantro, and pepper.
Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Gremolata
Perfect for serving to a crowd, these roasted potatoes with gremolata from The Modern Proper do not disappoint. Start by soaking your potatoes in water; then boil them for a few minutes before coating in a generous amount of ghee and salt. Pop them in the oven and make a tangy, bright gremolata with parsley, mint, lemon, and garlic while you wait for the potatoes to bake to perfection.
Coconut Mango Chicken and Broccoli Curry
This recipe for coconut mango chicken and broccoli curry from Half Baked Harvest is perfect for summer. It's easy to make and full of healthy, seasonal vegetables. Think summer squash, zucchini, and broccoli all cooked in ghee, curry powder, cayenne, and coconut milk. Fresh mango, lime juice, and zest complete the meal served best over rice and with a side of naan.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
What better way to incorporate ghee in a recipe than to create a nourishing, immunity-boosting roasted cauliflower soup? This recipe from Wu Haus calls for powerful Ayurvedic ingredients like ashwagandha, shatavari (both are considered adaptogens, or healing herbs and plants, according to traditional Eastern medicine), and ghee. Chop up some cauliflower and celeriac (celery root), season with avocado oil and salt, and then roast for 30 minutes to make the base of this healthy recipe. Heat up shallots, ginger, turmeric, and your roasted veggies in a pan with ghee, coconut milk, shatavari, ashwagandha, and vegetable broth before mixing together in a blender. Serve with radishes, watercress, and sunflower seeds.
Santra Badam Barfi (Orange Almond Fudge)
A versatile ingredient, ghee can also be used in dessert recipes. This santra badam barfi (otherwise known as orange almond fudge) comes from Playful Kitchen. Create a tangy and sweet fudge that will melt in your mouth with ghee, almond flour, milk, heavy cream, saffron, orange juice, and sugar. The best part about this unique dessert is that it will only set you back about 20 minutes in the kitchen. The hard part is simply waiting for it to cool and set.