Sea Salt Butter Rolls Recipe

Sea Salt Butter Rolls - the best and softest butter rolls recipe ever. Topped with sea salt, these homemade butter rolls are easy to make and fail-proof. Make them for holidays or every day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Baking
Keyword Sea Salt Butter Rolls
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Proof Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 420 kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk, heated
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 16 cubes (2 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon Maldon sea salt flakes


  1. Add the milk, instant yeast, unsalted butter and egg to the bowl of Kitchen Aid Deluxe 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, follow by sugar, bread flour, all-purpose flour and salt. 

  2. Using the dough hook attachment, mix all the ingredients together until it forms a dough. Turn the speed to 4 and knead for about 10 minutes. 

  3. Once your dough has become smooth, stop kneading and let it proof in a large greased bowl for 1 hour. After an hour, transfer the dough to a floured surface. Knock out all the air in the dough. Roll the dough to about 16-inch in round shape. 

  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 16 triangles. Cut 1/2 stick of cold butter into 16 small cubes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

  5. Add a butter cube to the bottom part of the dough triangle. 

  6. Tug and roll the dough up to form a nice crescent roll shape. 

  7. Pinch the end to make sure it is secured. Transfer each butter roll to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, with the top side facing down. Let it proof for the second time for 1 1/2 hours. 

  8. Gently brush the butter rolls with the melted butter. Sprinkle the top with the sea salt flakes and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the surface of the butter rolls turn light golden brown. 

  9. Remove from the oven, serve warm with butter or any fruit preserves/jam. 

Recipe Notes

You may use kosher salt or any course salt as the topping. I learned this recipe from my friend Zong Han.

Nutrition Facts
Sea Salt Butter Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1465mg64%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.