15-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted caramel sauce in small weck jar.

This 15-Minute Easy Salted Caramel Sauce makes it easy to create the most amazingly delicious, rich salted caramel topping in a hurry!

This 15 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce makes it easy to create the most amazingly delicious, rich salted caramel topping in a hurry! | platingsandpairings.com

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:

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.

Salted Caramel Sauce in jar with spoon.

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!

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Salted caramel sauce in small weck jar.

15 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce

This 15 Minute Easy Salted Caramel Sauce makes it easy to create the most amazingly delicious, rich salted caramel topping in a hurry!
4.2 from 10 votes
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Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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 makes 1 cup of salted caramel sauce. 
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Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Calcium: 16mg

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! 

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  1. Michele Francisco

    oh yum Erin- I had no idea how easy it is to make caramel! Adding it to my holiday recipe list now.


  2. Pech

    My salted caramel vote is to top it on nutty brownies!


  3. Erin

    Yes! Homemade caramel sauce is so delicious and easy. The hard part is not eating it all!!! Ha!


  4. Waz

    Oh my goodness! I want salted caramel right now. So quick and easy to make at home, and so much better than the store bought varieties. Yum!


  5. Erin

    I LOVE salted caramel. Can’t wait to try this on my beloved ice cream.


  6. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    I’m such a caramel fan and love that this is so quick and easy. Caramel sauce is SO much better when it’s homemade!!


    1. Erin

      Agreed Kathryn – We are totally obsessed with this Salted Caramel Sauce in our house!


  7. Katie

    5 stars
    Are you able to freeze the sauce? I don’t know we’ll get through it all quick enough!


    1. Erin

      Hi Katie – Yes. You can freeze the sauce for up to 3 months. Enjoy!


  8. Ray

    Tried to make this twice now and it has resulted only in a ruined saucepan, the sugar went rock solid after adding the butter- TWICE. I don’t know what happened, but this recipe is not great for me.


    1. Erin

      I’m sorry Ray. Maybe your heat is too high? Also, you want to be sure that you are constantly stirring when the butter is added. I hope this helps!


  9. Lindsey Williams

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe and it turned out AMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe! Where did you get the cute jars in the pictures?


  10. Lindsey

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe and it turned out AMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe! Where did you get the cute jars in the pictures?


    1. Erin

      So happy you liked it Lindsey! Here’s a link to purchase the jars.


  11. Erin

    I’d love to hear your method Ben! I happen to think this recipe is super simple, but am always looking for ways to improve.


  12. PJ

    can I sub brown sugar or half brown instead of white?


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  15. hanna

    do you use unsalted butter?


    1. Erin

      Hi Hanna – I tend to use unsalted butter for this recipe.


  16. Aspen

    5 stars
    Delicious rich caramel sauce. I used this recipe to drizzle on banana nut bread.


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