Everything You Need To Know About Pat Of Butter

One of the most vexing cooking questions you may have come across is “how much is a pat of butter?”. The ambiguity is there, and you can't quite place the question nor answer it accurately.

Often, people would drop me messages with questions I couldn’t answer myself. Instinctively, I remember a butter square or a coated paper every time I see “pat of butter” in a recipe. Hence, this article.

As we go through the confounding “pat of butter”, we'll also slowly unearth some of its mysterious quantities, the benefits, and some drawbacks of cooking with butter.


Just How Much Is A Pat Of Butter?

Let’s not dilly-dally and say it as it is. According to sources, a pound of butter comprises of 48 pats of butter. So, if you convert it to other units, there are about ½ tablespoon, 9 grams, ⅓ ounce and 1 ½ teaspoons in a pat of butter!

What Is A Butter Pat And How Much Calories Does It Have?

What Is A Butter Pat

A butter pat is a butter made into an ornamental shape for use at the table. It is a single square slice from a ¼-pound commercial butter stick. Your pat of butter consists of 36 calories while the calories from fat are also 36. That would give you 4.1 grams or 6 percent in one serving of butter pat in a one-inch square and one-third inch in height.

Take all of these by heart. Later on, you will thank me as you mention this with panache to your similarly confused relatives.

What Are The Qualities And Uses Of Butter?

What Are The Qualities And Usesr Of Butter

Butter is a dairy product that contains to up to 80% butterfat. It gets solid when it's chilled and transforms into liquid when warmed. It is made by churning fresh cream or milk so it could separate the butterfat from the buttermilk.

It is universally used as a spread on plain or toasted bread products while some continents use it as a condiment on cooked vegetables. You'll find that baking, sauce making, and pan frying also use butter. Its versatility in cooking can be used for stewing, slow cooking, and preparing foods like peanuts and potatoes.

Butter usually has a creamy feel tinged with a sublime flavor. It has a melting temperature of 98.6 °F which is why it melts in your mouth uniquely….

Meanwhile, butter gives us a nutty flavor when it melts. Why? Because the milk solids, sugars, and proteins are caramelized. On the other hand, when butter is used for sauteing, it enhances and complements your dish’s flavor.

Wondering how they make butter? Watch this video.

Is There Any Downside To Using Butter?

Downside To Using Butter

Probably the most disadvantageous part of using butter does not wholly affect our cooking. Butter, however, has some adverse health effects. Excessive amounts of butter may lead to cardiovascular diseases.

Butter contains high amounts of saturated fat. It’s the bad kind of fat that’s linked to heart diseases because of high cholesterol. And the rule of thumb is: Your food should have less than 7% of saturated fats in its total calories. You usually get seven grams of saturated fat from every tablespoon of butter.

Now as butter is known for developing “smoke point” at a certain temperature, you might want to combine it with other types of oil such as Canola oil. This cooking method requires at least 400 °F. “Smoke point” is reached when you heat butter at about 350 °F.

Baking, on the other hand, has its drawback when butter is involved. Why? Butter tends to make doughs a bit unmanageable.Without accurate measurement, you can turn a perfectly soft dough into something almost inedibly hard.

Butter also contains whey proteins, a known allergenic. If you’re allergic to dairy, you might want to take caution in consuming butter. Are you lactose intolerant? Although it contains minimal amounts of lactose, you must moderate your butter intake to prevent nausea and stomach cramps that usually manifest after 1-2 hours of having butter.

Did you know?

  • Two cups of broccoli have the same number of calories as one pat of butter!
  • During the Middle Ages, butter was coloured with marigold flowers, and has been coloured yellow since the 14th century.
  • In case you’ve been wondering what the difference is, butter is from animals, while margarine is from plants.


When in doubt about the amount of butter needed for a recipe, review the quantity mentioned above. Now I hope that you would know how much you're going to use when you see that three-letter word in your recipes!

If you hear your friends ask just how much a pat of butter is (and they will!), just throw them those measurements like a pro. What’s your favorite dish that requires a pat of butter? We'd appreciate it if you can share it in the comments so we can share tips and tricks! Please don't forget to share the article now!

Paula Hughes

I’m Paula, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of two small boys, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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