This 15-Minute Easy Salted Caramel Sauce makes it easy to create the most amazingly delicious, rich salted caramel topping in a hurry!
This Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is by far one of the most requested recipes from my husband. I think that he could just stand in front of the fridge and eat it by the spoonful. Actually… I think he has.
The good thing for me (and you) is that it’s amazingly simple to make. There’s no thermometers needed, no fancy ingredients. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to make. It’ll take that long for the ice cream to soften up from the freezer.
How Do You Make Salted Caramel Sauce?
- What you’ll need to do is heat a small saucepan over medium heat, add in the sugar and stir until it’s liquefied and amber in color. To that, you’ll add in some butter. Be careful, because it will bubble up. Just keep on stirring and things will settle down a bit. Then, add in the heavy cream, let it heat through for just a minute longer, and finish it off with a sprinkling of sea salt and a splash of vanilla.
That’s it – Super simple! Drizzle that warm sauce over a bowl of ice cream, and you’re guaranteed to enter heaven for at least a brief moment.
But, there are more uses for this Salted Caramel than just an ice cream topping. Many, many more uses. I’ve been striving over the past few years to somehow work this Salted Caramel Sauce into as many recipes as humanly possible.
Uses for Salted Caramel Sauce:
- Salted Caramel Apple Tartlets
- Pumpkin Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce
- Salted Caramel Yogurt Popsicles
- Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Butter Cookies
- Salted Caramel Banana Bread
Does Salted Caramel Sauce Need to be Refrigerated?
- Because there is cream and butter in this salted carmel sauce recipe, it does need to be stored in the refrigerator.
How Long Does Salted Caramel Sauce Keep?
- Homemade salted caramel sauce keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks – if you can keep it around that long
Can Salted Caramel Sauce be Frozen?
- You can freeze this salted carmel sauce in an airtight container for up to three months. I like to transfer it to a small ziploc bag and freeze it flat (it defrosts quicker that way). To defrost – place it in your refrigerator overnight.
How would you enjoy this caramel? Simply over a bowl of ice cream, or used in one of the recipes above? Let me know in the comments below!
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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
15 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (cut up into 6 pieces)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Heat the sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir with rubber spatula until sugar is liquefied and amber in color.
- Once sugar is completely melted, add butter and stir until dissolved.
- Slowly add in heavy cream and heat for one minute.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.
- The sauce will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
This recipe was originally published in December 2016. It was updated in April 2019 to add new content, photographs and an instructional video. The original salted carmel sauce recipe remains the same. Enjoy!