Salted Caramel Sauce

by Kiran on October 7, 2014 · 57 comments

in Desserts, How-To

Oh, salted caramel. Do you have to be THAT irresistible? Indulgent? Couldn’t you just be as delicious with less calories? One can always dream, right? Regular lattes’ are so blah.

Hello, homemade caramel lattes! And ever-expanding waistline. Ooppss!!

Drizzle it over fruit, pastry, cakes or even dunking in with a spoon — no matter how you consume it, promise it’ll be just as addictive.

Salted Caramel Sauce | @KiranTarun
Although salted caramel sauce might look very easy to make, a few points have to be seriously noted in the recipe. Below. In the meantime, I’m going to try to resist marching into the kitchen to make a snack that involves sandwiching cookies with salted caramel or drizzling it into a huge mug of latte.

I have no will-power to resist. None whatsoever.

Salted Caramel Sauce | @KiranTarun

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  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp butter, cubed and room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 tsp fleur de sel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add water and granulated sugar into a saucepan. Heat saucepan over medium-high.
  2. RESIST any attempt to stir with a spatula or wooden spoon while sugar melts. Let it do its thing. It’ll bubble vigorously but DON’T be tempted to stick a wooden spoon to STIR. DON’T DO IT. You’d only risk a huge clump of mess! Crystalized sugar, no bueno.
  3. Instead, swirl the saucepan once or twice to evenly melt sugar and caramelize. Do not over-do it.
  4. Once sugar caramelizes into a nice dark amber shade, remove saucepan from heat and carefully drizzle in cubes of softened butter and cream. With a wooden spoon, continue whisking even though it looks like everything would bubble over, but trust me, it will settle. Just continue whisking, carefully and AVOID BURNS.
  5. DO NOT STICK YOUR FINGERS IN FOR TASTE. You will be awarded with 3rd degree burns. No joke.
  6. Once caramel is pourable, whisk in fleur de sel and vanilla extract. Store salted caramel sauce in airtight jars for up to a week.


Salted Caramel Sauce | @KiranTarun
Hope your week if off to a great start! Mine sucks since I have to make a run to the doctors office for blood-work. Hate needles. Glad that I have some of this sauce to calm my nerves, later.

What would you make with a jar of salted caramel sauce?!


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1 dixya | food, pleasure, and health October 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

i hope everything is okay dear..needles are never fun but you have a delicious caramel sauce waiting at home 🙂
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2 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

thanks sweetie, all is fine. just regular blood-work but still, needles are no fun and ditto about this caramel. made latte and it was freaking delicious that I forgot about the needles. miracle 😀

3 Shibi@FlavzCorner October 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Homemade Caramel sauce….I like to indulge on the warm sauce with some fresh cut apples….the combo is irresistible!!
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4 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Shibi — totally!!

5 Rosa October 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Mmmhhh, so tempting! I really love salted caramel sauce, but haven’t made some since a long while…



6 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Rosa — tempting is definitely resounding towards caramel 🙂

7 Kitchen Belleicious October 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Love love caramel sauce but hate the hassle of it. Your recipe looks both rich and creamy and yet accessible!
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8 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Jessica — agree, since I have a very short span of patience 😉

9 Kari@Loaves n Dishes October 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

What would I do with a jar of this yumminess?! Why, sit down and watch HGTV and eat this with a spoon, and not share it with anybody!
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10 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Kari — lol, i love you for being YOU!

11 Coffee and Crumpets October 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Jars of any caramel sauce don last long at our house. Salted one is my weakness, oh hell, any caramel is my weakness. This looks amazing. Salted caramel ice cream is my favourite.
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12 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Nazneen — mmmm, salted caramel ice-creams sounds so delicious, right now 🙂

13 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I am crazy for caramel… It is so versatile. It goes well with fruits, on tarts, ice creams and cakes…
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14 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Denise – ditto 🙂

15 Honey, What's Cooking October 7, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I love salted caramel and just like you, I wonder why it’s so darn fattening. Sucks. I always try to find ways to make things low fat, but I don’t think it’s possible with salted caramel. 🙂
Gorgeous pics.
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16 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Nisha — lol! it’s impossible with caramel since its made with sugar. eh 😀

17 Shashi @ runninsrilankan October 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Kiran this caramel looks divine! Your photos are fantastic! I would love a jar of this to drizzle in my oatmeal!! 🙂

18 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Shashi — I’ve got to drizzle this on my oatmeal, thanks for the tip 🙂

19 Carol at Wild Goose Tea October 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I only tasted salted caramel a couple of years ago. I couldn’t believe my tongue. I will honest I couldn’t resist this if I was alone with it in my house. No will power for this. But I did try the overnight oatmeal you blogged about. That was most excellent. I was amazed how much I liked it. It was dessert quality for me, which made me feel wild and crazy when I was eating it for breakfast. Ha!
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20 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Carol — so glad you loved the overnight bircher muesli. and yes, it’s definitely dessert quality in my book too 🙂

salted caramel on the other hand, is devils food!

21 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 9, 2014 at 2:36 AM

If you have to subject yourself to the needle, you’re going to need a second batch of this gorgeous salted caramel sauce! I hope all goes well and you don’t have to eat the entire jar on your return. I’ll go make some now and we’ll eat it together.
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22 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

yay! thanks Maureen. it wasn’t all bad so thankfully, I didn’t down the whole bottle in one seating 😀

23 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 9, 2014 at 4:33 AM

This looks so tempting! I must make a batch soon too.
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24 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Thanks Angie, you must!

25 Choc Chip Uru October 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

My favourite sauce for sure, it looks so indulgent 😀

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26 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Uru — 🙂

27 sue/the view from great island October 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

This is stunning — I’m going to follow your recipe because in the past my caramel sauces and frostings have been paler in color, I don’t know what I do wrong!
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28 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Thanks Sue. The caramelization bit can be tricky. Just make sure it doesn’t burn because that happens so quick!

29 saltandserenity October 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I love to add salted caramel sauce to a classic buttercream and fill macaron shells with it. Or, just eat it straight out of the jar!
Your photos are so dreamy!

30 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Thank you! Pretty glad I’m not the ONLY one that indulge into caramel, straight out of the jar 😀

31 Rachael | Spache the Spatula October 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Mmmmm salted caramel sauce is one of the better things on this planet. I ALWAYS have a jar of homemade on hand because you just never know 😛

Yours looks amazing!
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32 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Rachael — thank you and a jar on hand is definitely a MUST 😀

33 Jessica @ Sweet Menu October 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Salted caramel sauce is like my favourite thing! This looks incredible!
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34 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Thanks Jessica, I’m so glad 🙂

35 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 9, 2014 at 7:43 PM

There’s nothing quite so luscious as salted caramel, love this!
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36 Kiran October 10, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Thanks Laura! I agree 🙂

37 Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog October 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

You know how super heroes have like a kryptonite? Well salted caramel would be mine lol! This sauce looks absolutely amazing – gorgeous blog and photos too 🙂
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38 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Phi — lol! thanks!

39 ellie | fit for the soul October 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

*gasp*! That last picture looks magical!!! I’ve never been crazy about caramel, but salted caramel is a whole ‘nother story. So perfectly balanced in every way. 🙂

40 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Ellie — lol, thanks! nothing beats salted caramel, not a thing 😀

41 ATasteOfMadness October 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I have always wanted to make salted caramel sauce! This looks amazing!
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42 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:24 AM

Cathleen — thanks and you really have to try making it. so delicious 😀

43 Juliana October 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Yum! Salted caramel sauce…looks delicious…and yes, a touch of salt makes all the difference…
Thanks for the recipe Kiran…have a great rest of the week 😀

44 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:25 AM

Juliana — and thanks for dropping by, sweet friend. Have a great weekend 🙂

45 Sam October 10, 2014 at 3:01 AM

Such a lovely snack, Im thinking peanut butter and salted caramel on apples.

46 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

That already sounds so delicious, Sam 🙂

47 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

What would I make with a jar of salted caramel sauce? Apart from making myself very very happy, you mean? I’d probably spread on cookies and add to my porridge!
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48 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Daniela — sounds delicious to meeeee!!

49 Julia October 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Love it! Salted caramel sauce is absolutely delicious and I’ve never made it at home. I’d love to use it in lattes and drizzle it all over everything…salted caramel oatmeal? Don’t mind if I do! 😀
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50 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:29 AM

Julia — caramel oatmeal?! count me in 😀

51 Sugar et al. October 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

All the gorgeous things in the world are connected to the waistline:-( And also to the heart. The heart rules! Especially when it’s salted caramel. These are pure decadence!
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52 Kiran October 11, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Sonali — thank you and ditto about the heart 🙂

53 Aimee @ ShugarySweets October 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I love salted caramel sauce…never have enough recipes for it 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous!!!
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54 Kiran October 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Aimee — thanks love 🙂

55 Raymund October 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

One the best ever sweet sauces made, love it with every fruit and ice cream
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56 Vishaka Rautela December 15, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Hey. Have been following u on Instagram and in love with your pictures. Made the sauce today and it’s absolutely wonderful. Just wanted to say thank you. By the way have happily shared it around.

57 Kiran December 15, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Hi Vishaka — thank you so much for the compliments & shares! I’m glad the caramel sauce turned out fab for you. Happy Holidays 🙂

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