Just A Pinch Recipes How to Melt and Soften Butter By Kitchen Crew 11/24/15 Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on G+ Email to a Friend Forget to take the butter out to soften? No problem... let the Just A Pinch Test Kitchen show you a quick fix. Slice stick of butter and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Continue heating in 10-second increments until fully melted. Or, place a wrapped stick of butter on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave in 5-second increments checking between each one. Lower to 3-second increments as nearing desired softness. Watch the "pinch tips" video here.