Simple Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Last updated on May 5th, 2024 at 03:06 pm

A jar of salted caramel sauce, with a spoon lifting some out and letting it drip back into the jar

Caramel sauce is a huge hit in this house and for my husband and I anything salted caramel is even better. I have long made this caramel sauce for desserts in the past but now adding sea salt it’s my go to topping recipe. There is so much you can do with salted caramel sauce whether you are pouring it over your vanilla ice cream sundae or you are drizzling it over your pumpkin spiced cupcakes, it’s going to add a lovely zing to your desserts. 

3 jars of caramel sauce tied with twine and sitting in a row

What Can You Use Salted Caramel Sauce For?

Salted caramel sauce never last long in our house. My husband can be caught eating it out of the jar by the spoonfuls. The kids like me to pour it over wax paper and make little salted caramel bites out of it. I like rolling it into mini balls and adding more sea salt on top for a salted caramel truffle style snack. This week we poured it over our cupcakes which were a hit at the MacMillan Coffee Morning on Monday.

A jar of salted caramel sauce with a spoon in it and sauce dripping down the sides of the jar.

Salted Caramel Sauce

the easiest salted caramel sauce you will ever make
Author Let’s Talk Mommy


  • 1 cup 200g sugar
  • 6 Tbsp 90g salted butter
  • 1/2 cup 120ml heavy cream/double cream
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  1. Heat sugar in saucepan on medium
  2. Stir until sugar clumps eventually melt into a thick brown liquid
  3. Be careful not to let it burn
  4. Immediately add butter
  5. It will bubble, stir cautiously but continuously
  6. Stir butter until completely melted and mixed in (about two minutes)
  7. Slowly add heavy cream or double cream, stirring in between, it will bubble
  8. Boil one minute while continuously stirring until all the cream is mixed in and caramel is thickening
  9. Remove from heat and add sea salt
  10. Store in glass jars or pour over your desired desserts

Recipe Notes

We like to pour it out onto wax paper and let it set to make little caramel bites or pour on cupcake frosting for a special celebration.

4 jars filled with homemade caramel and tied with string in bows
A jar filled with salted caramel sauce and a spoon lifting some out and letting it drip back in to the jar.

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The Perfect Homemade Gift

Right now, more than ever, we are trying to maintain our connections and friendships. This simple salted caramel sauce would make a greats gift wrapped in ribbon in small jars. Why not make some and drop it with a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them?

A jar of homemade caramel sauce next to a white bowl.
A white dish filled with caramel sauce, with a spoon lifting a scoop out.

23 thoughts on “Simple Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe”

  1. nothing like the sugar butter cream salt combo – it’s a dietician’s nightmare! Delicious though and looks so pretty I the Ball jars. .

    • Thank you Sam. Oh yes, it didn’t do me any good but it was worth it for a few tastes. The family eat it up in 48 hours here so it never is around to temp me long.

  2. This looks amazing!! You are so bad for tempting me. My Dad introduced me to salted caramel haagan daz and I’m totally obsessed with it. I now want to drizzle this sauce on that ice cream! xx

  3. This looks amazing! Gorgeous photos. I love salted caramel and have attempted it a few times, but never seem to get it right. I will give yours a go!
    PS do you not put water in with the sugar? Just heat the sugar directly in the pan?

    • This is bullet proof I promise you. 🙂 So worth every lick of the spoon. No water just heat sugar in the pan, constantly stirring on medium and it will eventually turn to brown amber looking syrup… it will get clumpy at first keep stirring. 🙂

  4. Oh wow, just drooling here! Love salted caramel more than anything else, that contrast of the salt with the sweet caramel! This would make the ideal Christmas presents to, especially you, know blogger Christmas gifts, hint hint 😉

    • Thanks Vicki it is the best thing I have ever made and sadly one that ruined my diet completely and I haven’t been able to get back on track. OOOps. Typical isn’t it? I am making a bunch for Christmas pressies for sure.

  5. This looks incredible Jenny and I can’t wait to make it!! I plan to drizzle it over chocolate brownies for my daughters birthday party next month! Will have to have a couple of trial runs first of course 😉 I was wondering roughly how much does this recipe make? I’d like to make some for Christmas presents too 🙂

    • Oh that just sounds absolutely divine Harriet, can I come to the party? haha It’s almost fool proof I promise if I can do it you can. I am no chef. For me it made five mini jars full so many two pint jars. I have made a bunch of mini ones for Christmas presents too.

    • That sounds absolutely amazing with churros. I love pouring it on all sorts of desserts this time of year. Glad you love it. So easy to make isn’t it? I am due to make a new batch soon.


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