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4 ingredient homemade sea salt caramel sauce being poured in to a serving dish

4 Ingredient Homemade Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

Melinda | Missouri Girl
This super simple caramel sauce uses just 4 ingredients and a cool, no fail method to get that deep caramel color.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Add the sugar to a heavy sauce pan.
  • Turn the heat to medium.
  • When the sugar starts to melt (takes around 5-10 minutes), begin stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  • The sugar will clump but just keep stirring until all of the sugar and clumps have melted. If the color darkens too much or too quickly then turn down the heat.
  • Whisk in the room temperature butter, one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Add the room temperature heavy cream (be very careful as the caramel may bubble and splatter at this point).
  • Once the cream is fully incorporated, stir in the sea salt. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.


If any sugar clumps refuse to melt on step 4 then just proceed to step 5 and strain the caramel through a fine mesh sieve after the caramel sauce is done to remove any remaining sugar clumps.  
Keyword caramel topping, easy caramel sauce, homemade caramel sauce, homemade sea salt caramel, no fail caramel sauce, quick caramel sauce