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Salted Caramel Sauce
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5 from 4 votes

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Dreaming of easy salted caramel sauce? This is the one! This foolproof recipe on has 5 ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 ounces
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes - The Art of Food and Wine


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Bring butter to room temperature.
  • Heat a large heavy pot over medium heat and add sugar. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula. Sugar will begin to form clumps and then melt into a smooth liquid.
    Allow to cook, stirring until sugar reaches a medium brown amber color. Watch carefully as sugar can easily burn at this point.
    Turn heat to medium-low and add the butter. Be cautious as butter can splatter. Whisk constantly until butter is melted and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly drizzle in heavy cream, whisking vigorously until well combined. Turn the heat back to medium and boil for exactly one minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and add in sea salt and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  • Allow caramel to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, off heat. Caramel will thicken as it cools.
  • Whisk again and pour caramel into glass mason jars until ready to use.
  • Refrigerate for up to 4 weeks, or cool and freeze for up to 3 months.
    Reheat for about 10 seconds in the microwave, or gently on low heat on the stove.


Note: This caramel freezes well. Allow to thaw in refrigerator. 
If you are gifting or traveling with this caramel it is OK at room temperature for one day.