Salted Caramel Sauce

Active Time: 15 MinsTotal Time15 Mins
Yield: 1 ¾ cups

Making caramel sauce from scratch is far easier than many people think, and our Salted Caramel Sauce proves it—you don’t even need a candy thermometer! Simply bring sugar and water to a boil, cook until you reach a deep amber color, and then stir in cream, butter, and salt. These salted caramel sauce is perfect for topping ice cream, pound cake, bread pudding, and more. Of course, we especially love it in our Salted Caramel Peach Cobbler. 


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the sugar and water in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat; cook, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. 

Step 2

Increase the heat to medium-high; bring to a boil—without stirring, but instead, regularly swirling the pan and occasional brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Cook, swirling and brushing regularly, until the syrup turns a deep amber color, about 7-10 minutes. 

Step 3

Gently pour in the heavy cream (the caramel will foam and bubbly up vigorously). Add in the butter pieces and stir gently until smooth. Remove the caramel from heat and stir in the salt.

Chef’s Notes

Use a saucepan larger than what you anticipate needing to contain the listed ingredients, as the caramel will foam up vigorously when the cream is added in step 3, and could bubble over if the pan is too shallow.  

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