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Best Home-made Salted Caramel Sauce

It ONLY takes 5 ingredients to make this home-made salted caramel sauce less than 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Author: Kim Lange


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter cut into cubes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Heat sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a high heat resistant whisk, spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick deep, amber colored sauce as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn or scorch.
  • Whisk while you add in the butter, be careful because the caramel will quickly bubble. Whisk until the butter is totally melted and combined about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and slowly stream the cream into the caramel. (It may seize up and foam a bit!) Whisk it rapidly until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and sea salt.
  • Pour caramel in a glass jar or measuring cup and allow to cool.


Only make single batches of caramel, because of the sugar melting unevenly.
Store caramel for up to a month in the refrigerator.
Warm the caramel up for a few seconds before using in a recipe.
Caramel can be at room temperature for a day if you're gifting.