15-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce

Overhead shot of caramel sauce in jar topped with flaky salt.

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.

Here’s a Few Other Uses for this Easy Salted Caramel Sauce:

How Long Does Salted Caramel Sauce Last?

  • This Easy Salted Caramel Sauce keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks – if you can keep it around that long

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

How would you enjoy this Easy Salted Caramel Sauce? 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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Overhead shot of caramel sauce in jar topped with flaky salt.

15 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel sauce, salted caramel
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 299 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

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

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter cut up into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir with rubber spatula until sugar is liquefied and amber in color.
  2. Once sugar is completely melted, add butter and stir until dissolved.
  3. Slowly add in heavy cream and heat for one minute.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.
  5. The sauce will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 1 cup of salted caramel sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 495mg 21%
Potassium 14mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 33g
Vitamin A 12.8%
Calcium 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

17 comments

  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.

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  2. Pech

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

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  3. Erin

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

    Reply

  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!

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  5. Erin

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

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  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!!

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    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  7. Katie


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

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    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  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.

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    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!

      Reply

  9. Lindsey Williams


    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?

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  10. Lindsey


    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?

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    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  11. Ben


    Theres a much easier way to make caramel.

    Reply

    1. 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.

      Reply

  12. PJ

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

    Reply

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