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Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Updated on January 25, 2014

How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

This salted caramel sauce recipe should be in any cook's recipe collection. It is a simple sauce recipe that can be used in conjunction with many other recipes. Caramel sauce is perfect for a simple ice cream sundae, but it is also delicious enough to drizzle over poached pears.

Salted caramel sauce recipe is versatile and special, plus it is easy to put together. Salt is wonderful in caramel because it counteracts the slight bitterness that a good caramel can have. The salt also serves as a contrast and flavor enhancer. Serve salted caramel sauce with some sliced apple for dipping or over a pumpkin cake like in this photo. The kids will thank you and eat their fruit.

Image: Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel by Vegan Feast Catering

Reproduced and cropped under Creative Commons 2.0

Are you intrigued? Do you want to learn how to make salted caramel sauce? This basic recipe is great for caramel novices, because it is put together more like a butterscotch sauce than a true caramel. You don't have to worry about burning the sugar or getting it to the perfect temperature.


  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbsp. half and half - divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  1. 1. Combine brown sugar, bourbon, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Simmer approximately 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. 2. After sugar is dissolved, stir in 5 T half and half. Simmer about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3. Stir in remaining half and half, vanilla, and salt. Serve warm over fresh bread pudding or vanilla bean ice cream.
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Cuisinart Contour Stainless 1-Quart Saucepan with Cover

When you are making sauces of any type, look for a heavy, non-reactive pot. Stainless is a great choice. A heavy-bottomed pot will help your caramel cook evenly, so there aren't spots that get too hot.

Cuisinart 419-14 Contour Stainless 1-Quart Saucepan with Cover
Cuisinart 419-14 Contour Stainless 1-Quart Saucepan with Cover

The contour sides of this pot are an interesting addition for saucemaking. They allow you to really get into the corners with your whisk when you are stirring in other additions. It is a great pot for making caramel, but can be used for anything you would use a standard saucepan for.


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How To Make Salted Caramel Sauce - Making Salted Caramel Sauce

Sometimes, the best way to learn how to make a new recipe is to watch someone else cook it. This is where YouTube comes in handy! There are tons of different caramel recipe videos that you can check out to learn new techniques.

No sundae is complete without caramel sauce!

No sundae is complete without caramel sauce!
No sundae is complete without caramel sauce!

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The perfect sauce can be the finishing touch to any meal or dessert. Creating them is an art, but luckily there are tons of available books to help you make great sauces for whatever dish you are making! Not only will they have great dessert sauces like this salted caramel sauce, but you can find savory recipes as well.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I turned to caramel when I had to give up chocolate so this is right up my alley. Thanks for the recipe.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmm, if I could eat my computer now I would

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      BrightDaysAhead 5 years ago

      It has to be my absolute favorite of all time! Thank you for posting the great info!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      This salted caramel sauce looks and sounds lush! I can't wait to try it and I'm sure my sons will love it

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      That's a pretty wicked caramel sauce - will definitely need to try for an over the top sundae.

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I'm salivating, looks amazing!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Looks interesting enough to try.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      looks delicious...I'll give it a try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It looks good. I'm sure the kids will want me to try this one.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      LIfe is so much better with salted caramel sauce...Yum!!! Thanks for sharing!

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      BillyShears 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious, great lens!

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      bechand 5 years ago

      sounds good - never knew there was much salt in caramel ... you learn so much here on squidoo !

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Looks easy to make and yummy - great instruction-thanks :>)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love caramel sauce and will be giving this one a try.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I love salted caramel... just reading this made my mouth water. Blessed by a SquidAngel!