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The best Salted Caramel
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The best Salted Caramel

This homemade Salted Caramel is simply the best. Easy, 10-Minute recipe, made of 5 simple ingredients. Great sweet sauce for all kinds of desserts.

The best Salted Caramel
I might say this too often, but it’s so true. I am currently OBSESSED with salted caramel. This luscious, luxurious sauce should be a staple in every fridge if you ask me. Just like butter for steak, salted caramel is the essential topping when it comes to vanilla ice cream, brownies, even cakes, and cookies. Just imagine pouring hot, shiny caramel over cold vanilla bean ice cream. It’s the best. So why salted caramel? You could, of course, just make the caramel, but adding some sea salt to the mix makes it even better, it brings out the most amazing flavor and it makes the caramel special. Try, you won’t regret it.

Quick and Easy Homemade Salted Caramel

These are just a few of the reasons why we love this caramel so much:

  • it keeps so well (up to 3 months in the fridge)
  • you can eat it straight from the fridge, but we prefer heating it to make it runny, luscious, and delicious
  • it's gluten-free
  • makes a fantastic homemade gift for Christmas, or other special occasions
  • an amazing topping for so many desserts (like ice cream, apple pie, chocolate cake, brownies...)
  • only 5-ingredients, one pot, and 10 minutes needed for this recipe

How to make Salted Caramel at home 

It's so so easy to make this recipe at home. This is how you make the best Salted Caramel.

  1. Add sugar to a saucepan and leave it to dissolve.
  2. Carefully add the butter and stir well to incorporate it into the sugar.
  3. Add the whipping cream and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the sea salt and lemon juice.
  5. Keep tightly sealed in a jar or serve at room temperature.

Sugar for The best Salted Caramel

Dark caramel for The best Salted Caramel

Adding butter to The best Salted Caramel

Whisking The best Salted Caramel

Adding whipping cream to The best Salted Caramel

Adding salt to The best Salted Caramel

Essential ingredients 

This recipe calls for 5 simple ingredients that are probably already in your fridge and pantry.

Sugar - use white sugar, other type of sugar won't work for this recipe. We always encourage you to make the recipes your own, but adjusting the amount of sugar won't work in this recipe. Use the same amount as written in the recipe, or the texture and consistency won't be the same.

Butter - feel free to use your favorite unsalted butter.

Whipping Cream - should be at room temperature. It makes the caramel creamy and perfect for all those sweet toppings.

Salt - just makes it 100x better.

Lemon juice - adds a bit of much-needed freshness. We wouldn't skip it.

Runny Salted Caramel

The best Salted Caramel recipe

How to store my salted caramel

Keep your caramel tightly sealed in a jar in a fridge for up to 3 months. The caramel will harden in the fridge and won't be runny anymore. Sure, you can always eat it straight from the jar, but if you want to drizzle it over desserts or use it as a topping, then you'll need to heat it in a saucepan over medium heat for a couple of seconds or in a microwave for a couple of seconds too. 

Where to use salted caramel

This homemade sweet Salted Caramel can be used as a topping over ice cream or apple pie. You can use the chilled caramel (straight from the fridge) as a spread for cookies or other homemade goodies like: 


Lets get cooking!

  • makes
    jar (300 ml / 10 oz)
  • preparation:


  • caramel

    Add sugar to a heavy-bottom saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Cook for about 6 - 8 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the caramel is beautifully golden brown. Don't stir the sugar, but feel free to shake the saucepan in a circular motion from time to time to evenly distribute the sugar.

  • add the butter

    When the sugar is dissolved and the caramel is dark and luscious, remove the saucepan from the heat and add small cubes of butter. Using a heat-proof rubber spatula, stir vigorously until the butter melts, then place back over medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar and butter are incorporated, for about a minute.

  • the best salted caramel

    While stirring with a rubber spatula or a metal spoon, gradually and slowly pour in the whipping cream. The saucepan should be on medium-low heat at this point. Stir until the ingredients combine, then bring to a boil. When the caramel starts to boil, remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt and lemon juice. Transfer the caramel to a glass jar and set aside until it comes to room temperature, then store in a fridge for up to 3 months. The caramel will thicken in the fridge and that's okay. You can always heat it in the microwave or on a stove before serving.


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