Salted caramel flavored Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel

Dulce de Leche is a rich and velvety smooth, one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.  In this hands-off Instant Pot recipe, you get the same rich caramel taste with just two minutes of prep, in half the time of a stove-top recipe!
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, condensed milk, dessert sauce, dulce de leche
Servings: 28
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Spice Cravings



  • Pour sweetened condensed milk in a canning jar.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Add a trivet in the Instant Pot inner pot. Place the jar on top. Fill with water just until it reaches 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Close the Instant Pot lid.
    Covered jar of condensed milk
  • Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook (high) for 40 minutes, followed by a quick release of the pressure. (Add 5 minutes if you want a darker brown color, or reduce 5 minutes for a light golden brown color) 
  • Using a kitchen towel or pot holder, carefully remove jars as they are hot.  Remove the foil.  The condensed milk will probably look curdled at this point.  This is normal.
    A jar is instant pot dulce de leche, just out of the pot
  • Using a spoon or spatula, stir it for 30 seconds, till it becomes smooth.  Store in the refrigerator.
    Easy Instant Pot Dulce De Leche, stirring in a jar

Optional Add-on:

  • Sprinkle in a pinch of sea salt and stir well.  I like how salt enhances the caramel flavor of this sauce.



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Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 52mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 0.4% | Calcium: 4.2% | Iron: 0.1%
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