Staple in a Dessert Diet – Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

It’s simple and easy to make your own salted caramel sauce!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temperature and cut into tablespoon or smaller pieces)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt

You can halve the recipe for a smaller yield.

You will need a heavy saucepan and a candy thermometer.


  • Evenly spread out the sugar in the heavy saucepan at medium-high heat with candy thermometer measuring the temperature.
  • Use a wooden spatula or heat resistant spatula to stir as the sugar begins to melt (you can also use a wooden spoon or whisk, but a spatula allows you to easily scrap the bottom of the saucepan).
  • The sugar will begin to form clumps, but it will eventually melt down to a thick liquid and brown in color as the temperature continues to rise.
  • The sugar will start to turn into an amber color and once the sugar reaches 300-325 degrees, quickly take it off the stove (caramel can burn easily, so it is important to watch the temperature, it increases exponentially).
  • Stir in the butter until completely melted.
  • Stir in the heavy cream (if the heavy cream is still too cold, the sugar will start to clump – this will be fine soon).
  • Place the saucepan back on the stove at slow heat and stir in salt.
  • Continue to stir until the mixture is smooth
  • At this point, you have salted caramel sauce!
  • Depending on how thick you want the sauce to be, you can continue to cook the sauce down on low heat – the sauce will bubble, but not overflow as long as the heat is on low.
  • Continue to stir while the sauce is on low heat.
  • Usually I keep the sauce on the stove for another 5-10 minutes for a thicker sauce (since I cook down the sauce, this recipe usually yields about 600 ML or approximately 3/4 Quart).
  • Let the caramel sauce cool completely and place into a container to store.
  • Keep refrigerated.

*Use to eat with your ice cream, pie, cake, cookies, fruits – endless possibilities!!


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