Easy Salt Caramel Sauce (with video)

Easy Salt Caramel Sauce, a salty sweet, gooey, decadent caramel, is so easy to make, and will outshine any store-bought brand!

Rich sweet and salty caramel sauce for a variety of cooking options or a favorite fruit dip
Rich Sweet and Salty Caramel Sauce For A Variety Of Cooking Options Or A Favorite Fruit Dip

Sugar Makes Caramel

As simple as that; melting sugar is basically how caramel is made.

When sugar melts, it becomes a liquid, which then becomes a syrup as it boils, which is not careful will boil into a dense rock.

The trick to making caramel is to boil the sugar only until the temperature is about 350 degrees and then add butter and cream.

A Tip About Sugar

Have you ever noticed how refined sugar pours, almost like powder, while coars raw sugar can become clumpy and stick together?

The more processed the sugar is, the dryer it becomes, with all of its natural moisture removed.

However, a good coarse raw sugar has far more flavor for cooking, and for making caramel, it is the preferred flavor.

Often, though, raw sugar will clump together in our canister and cause us to think it is no longer good to use.

This, however, is not the case, the sugar simply needs something to help manage moisture; and I’ve got just the solution for you!

Sugar and Terracotta

Salt Caramel Everything

While caramel apples, or salt caramel cookies might come to mind first when you think of Salt Caramel, think again! 

It is said that Salt Caramel should be the next brown butter for savory dishes simply because of its classic umami flavor.

Salt Caramel Sauce On Meats

Try a little salt caramel in your next glazed chicken or sticky spicy hot chicken wings. The salty sweet flavor is perfect when added to chili peppers, roasted tomatoes and any favorite slow simmered savory sauce.

When making your favorite fruit jams, particularly a fruit that is brown in color, such as my Fig Jam, salt caramel is perfect to whisk in, instead of sugar.

The sugar flavors have been cooked down into something much richer in flavor.

Certainly a pork pie, or lamb tagine lend themselves to a sweet, sour and spicy hot sauce.

Add salt caramel sauce to your favorite barbecue sauce for more flavor than you imagined.

Don’t forget how fantastic those pork sauces will taste on duck meat.

salt caramel sauce always tucked in my fridge
Salt Caramel Sauce Always Tucked In My Fridge

Salt Caramel on Veggies

Imagine salt caramel on your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, or in a fabulous Sweet Potato Pie.

That’s right! Cut open a sweet potato, roast it in the oven for a bit, spread salt caramel into the par-baked sweet potatoes, sprinkle a smokey jalapeño powder on top and… Boom!

Fantastic sweet potatoes for any meal, or maybe just alone.

Salt Caramel and Booze

Add a little bourbon or chili peppers to your salt caramel, and the possibilities are endless.

Ever had a boozy salt caramel shake? OMG you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s a cocktail and dessert all in one!

Salt Caramel the Queen of Desserts

Want a quick and easy weeknight dessert?

Just pull out the jar of salt caramel sauce you made days ago, spread it over sliced apples and you’ve got a luscious, almost healthy dessert.

Who doesn’t love a good ole salt caramel apple?  Go ahead, toss a few chopped peanuts over the salt caramel apples and you will swear you are at a carnival on a summer’s eve!

What would Halloween be without those old fashioned Caramel Popcorn Balls, folks used to give out to neighborhood kids, when life was… well, let’s not go there!

Salt Caramel Popcorn Balls
Salt Caramel Popcorn Balls

If sweets are your thing, than my Chestnut Cookies with Salt Caramel Filling are just what you will want every year for the best Christmas cookies you will ever make.

Afterall salt caramel and chocolate have been a ‘thing’ for a very long time.

This recipe goes amazing on my Chestnut Cookies With Salt Caramel Filling, check out the recipe here.

Chestnut Cookies with Salt Caramel filling
Chestnut Cookies with Salt Caramel Filling

Ingredients Needed

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Sea salt
Raw Sugar
Raw Sugar

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Airtight jar
Easy Salt Caramel Sauce

Easy Salt Caramel Sauce

Easy salt caramel sauce, a salty sweet, gooey, decadent caramel, is so easy to make and will outshine any store-bought brand!
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Salt Caramel Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
cool: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 ounces


  • Saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  • Whisk


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter 12 tbsp
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Sea salt


  • Have cream and butter at room temperature.
    Place sugar in a saucepan and begin to melt on medium-low heat.
    Continue cooking the sugar, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the temperature of the sugar is no more than 350 degrees.
  • Turn off the heat.
    Whisk in the butter, it will sputter a bit.
    Add cream and whisk.
    Add salt.
    Cool 15 minutes and transfer to a jar.



  • Will keep up to one month in the fridge.
Easy Homemade Salt Caramel Sauce
Easy Homemade Salt Caramel Sauce
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