Butter Substitutes

Butter Substitute. Depending on your recipe a good substitute for butter could be olive oil, applesauce or another item from the table below. Although margarine tries, there's really nothing exactly like the creamy goodness of real dairy butter. But we as consumers are always looking for a butter substitute whether we're trying to loose weight, be heart healthy or just find our refrigerator void of the substance.

Many ask if you can substitute shortening for butter, which you can but not in equal amounts. There is also the dilemma of whether to use salted or unsalted butter.

So, check the table below for a proper butter substitute or something to substitute for butter that will fit your current needs.

Butter Substitutes

Butter Amount Substitute
Butter substitute - Salted 1 Cup 1 Cup Margarine
*OR* 1 Cup Shortening +plus 1/2 teaspoon Salt
*OR* 7/8 Cup Vegetable Oil +plus 1/2 teaspoon Salt
*OR* 1 Cup Unsalted Butter +plus 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Butter substitute - Unsalted 1 Cup 1 Cup Shortening
*OR* 7/8 Cup Vegetable Oil
*OR* 1 Cup Salted Butter -Minus 1/2 teaspoon Salt called for elsewhere in your recipe
*OR* 1 Cup Coconut Oil - best in recipes calling for soft butter
Other Ideas that can work, depending on the recipe Equal Avocado - smashed
*OR* Applesauce
*OR* Prune Puree
*OR* Greek Yogurt

But remember, when making a butter substitute results can vary according to your taste buds. A butter substitute may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. Also, some substitutes for butter are not as healthy as the real thing and, in this case, just don't have that same yummy flavor. Please substitute responsibly!

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.