Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Author Amee


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • ½ cup +2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ - 3/4 tsp coarse salt


  • Heat sugar and water in a heavy med to large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Allow mixture to boil until water begins to cook down and only sugar remains (about 5-8min), stirring occasionally.
  • While stirring constantly. cook sugar until it melts and turns a nice golden amber color. Sugar will clump at first, then start to melt as it cooks into a rich brown colored liquid. Patience is important here, keep stirring!
  • Once color is achieved and no clumps remain, add the sliced butter, while continuing to stir.
  • When butter is melted, slowly stir in cream and boil for about a minute.
  • Remove caramel sauce from burner and stir in salt and vanilla until combined.