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Mason jar full of salted caramel with a spoon full next to it

5-minute Salted Caramel Sauce

5-minute salted caramel sauce has just 5 ingredients and is the perfect ice cream topping or caramel sauce for cake or pie!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, sauce
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 109kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $5


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt or to taste


  • Place butter in a saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
  • Add the brown sugar and milk and turn heat to medium. Stir constantly until the mixture boils. Boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. (Once it cools a bit, you can add more salt to taste.)
  • Pour into jar. Let cool slightly before using. Cover. Store in refrigerator if not using the day it's made.
  • If mixture separates as it cools, just stir it up or shake it.
  • If it becomes to thick to pour after chilling, you can heat it in the microwave for a few seconds and stir.



  • You can use whole milk, 2% or nonfat but whole milk is best.
  • Make sure to start the clock once it's BOILING. That means big bubbles all over the pan, not little bubbles around the edge (that's simmering).
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg