Salted caramel sauce is easy and quick to make, and it is the perfect way to elevate your desserts. Sweet, salty, rich and creamy, this five ingredient caramel sauce is a must-have recipe!

It’s one of those toppings that works on an incredible variety of desserts. Pair it with apples and pears in the fall, drizzle it over chocolate desserts, or add it to your ice cream.

However you use this salted caramel sauce, you’re sure to love it!

Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce dripping off of a spoon

I’m into everything salted caramel these days.  I adapted my original caramel sauce recipe adding a little Fleur de Sel. However, you can substitute the fancier salt with cracks of sea salt if you wish. Either way, you won’t regret it!

Salted caramel sauce is decadent, creamy, and honestly… a little too easy to make. Don’t judge me if I eat it right off the spoon, okay?

I love caramel – so much so, that I’ve brought you some fabulous caramel toppings, icings, frostings and more! Don’t skip caramel icing, salted caramel frosting, and these fabulous caramel rolls.

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Why You’ll Love this Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Easy to Make
  • Only Five Ingredients
  • Perfect as a Dessert Topping
  • Keeps well

What is Fleur de Sel?

Fleur de sel is a type of salt that forms on the surface of seawater. It is more delicate and less salty than regular table salt and with less bitterness. f you don’t have fleur de sel, you can substitute it with freshly cracked sea salt.

It’s a French sea salt, hand harvested with a higher mineral complexity.  It is available at specialty cooking stores, including Williams Sonoma.

Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce on a wooden spoon over a pot

Salted Caramel Sauce Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar – The molasses in brown sugar makes this caramel sauce come to life!
  • Heavy Cream – For pure decadence and the creamy consistency of this salted caramel sauce.
  • Butter – Butter is a necessity for caramel sauce!
  • Fleur de Sel – Or any type of cracked salt.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use the best quality vanilla extract you can find, or make your own homemade vanilla extract if you’re up for it!

How to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

It takes just a few minutes to make this salty caramel sauce

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low, combine brown sugar, cream, butter and salt.
  2. Whisk as directed, until it thickens.
  3. Add vanilla and continue to whisk for another minute. Remove from heat and allow to thicken before serving.
Salted caramel syrup on a spoon over a metal pot.

Tips

  • One of the keys to making this sauce so smooth is to warm all ingredients together slowly so that there isn’t a temperature gap (which encourages curdling).
  • Continually whisk the sauce as it heats up.
  • The recipe is easily doubled to make a bigger batch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Caramel Sauce Thicker?

Once the caramel syrup cools, it will thicken, so don’t worry if you think it is too thin. If, once it has cooled you still find it too thin, you could reheat it for slightly longer. If it is too thick, you can stir in a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream.

How Long Does Caramel Sauce Keep?

This delicious sweet and salty sauce will keep for up to two weeks. Once it has fully cooled, transfer it to a clean and sealable glass gar and keep it refrigerated.
It’s perfect to make ahead of time if you are planning a dinner party and great to keep in the fridge to effortlessly elevate a dessert.

Salted Caramel Sauce in a glass jar next to a spoon

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – You can leave this salted caramel sauce at room temperature for up to two hours. After that, it must be refrigerated.
  • Refrigerator – This easy salted caramel sauce keeps refrigerated for two weeks. Be sure to store it in an airtight container.

Dietary Considerations

  • Nut Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce is easy and quick to make and is the perfect way to elevate your desserts. Sweet, salty, rich and creamy this 5 ingredient caramel syrup is a must have recipe!
Prep: 0 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon fleur de sel or 8+ cracks of large salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • In a saucepan over medium-low, combine brown sugar, cream, butter and salt.
  • Whisk for five minutes as it thickens.
  • Add vanilla and continue to whisk for another minute. Remove from heat and allow to thicken before serving. Refrigerate to store.

Tips

Tips

  • One of the keys to making this sauce so smooth is to warm all ingredients together slowly so that there isn’t a temperature gap (which encourages curdling).
  • Continually whisk the sauce as it heats up.
  • The recipe is easily doubled to make a bigger batch.
Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. I have a bit of a caramel salt obsession these days as well, which surprises me as I don’t usually like to combine salt and sweet. I love the little jars you used with the labels on the lids.