Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Making Dulce De Leche in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche is a foolproof way to make dulce de leche EVER! Making gorgeous, creamy, sweet dulce de leche in 35 minutes using your pressure cooker is so easy!

I haven’t pulled my Instant Pot in a minute…so when I decided I wanted to try making dulce de leche in my Instant Pot, I had to dig it out of m pantry and dust it off. When I first got my IP I used it a LOT. I LOVED making Instant Pot Salsa Chicken and found that making Instant Pot Cheesecake was a HUGE hit! But, like so many small appliances of yore, my Instant Pot got put away one day, never to be seen again.

BUT I have decided to get back to Instant Pot business, starting with Dulce De Leche!

Sweetened Condensed Milk turned into dulce de leche in instant pot pressure cooker

What Is Dulce De Leche?

Dulce de Leche a sweet, thick sauce made from slowly heating sweetened condensed milk. The slow cooking caramelizes the sugar in the condensed milk giving it that deep golden color. The Spanish translation of dulce de leche is “sweet of milk” or “candy of milk”. And that’s exactly what it is!

Are Dulce De Leche and Caramel the Same Thing?

Kinda-sorta. The difference between the two is that, like I said earlier, dulce de leche is made from sweetened condensed milk, and caramel is made from water and sugar. Also, make sure not to make the mistake of using evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. One has added sugar, which is what gives it that deep golden color, as the sugars cook and caramelize!

How To Make Dulce De Leche in the Instant Pot

How To Make Dulce De Leche in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

OK, here’s where we’re going to get into it! I am so excited about this cooking method! There are a few ways to cook the dulce de leche in the IP:

  • In a sealed can of sweetened condensed milk
  • In a open can of sweetened condensed milk with the lid removed and foil tightly covering the top
  • In a glass jar with a sealed lid
  • In a glass jar with foil covering the top

Here’s the IP method I chose…and why!

  • I was scared of the sealed aluminum can in the pressure cooker. There I said it. Totally scared of explosions. I know it can be done, but I just didn’t feel comfortable doing it! Maybe next time. So what I did was remove the lid to the can, and cover it with foil. This way I felt like if anything was going to explode, the foil would be far less aggressive. Ha! And I knew I could remove the foil without the dulce de leche being completely cooled. I feel like if the can is sealed, I would need to make sure the dulce de leche was 100% cool before I dared opening it. And I’m not patient enough. It’s a character flaw.
  • AND I wanted to try the sealed glass jar method, because I actually like the idea of the container being sealed, completely preventing any moisture from getting into the dulce de leche. I will admit, the foil/can method let a little moisture in. Not enough to really make a difference, but enough that there was a thin layer of water on top of the dulce de leche when I removed the foil. BUT using the glass jar actually allows you see when the dulce de leche has stopped boiling inside the jar, without having to let it cool 100% before opening the lid. I just preferred the visual aspect of the jar, and would totally recommend this method for anyone wanting to try this.

How to Make Dulce De Leche in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

How Much Water Do You Add to the Instant Pot when making Dulce De Leche?

For both methods I chose (the sealed glass jar and the can covered in foil) you don’t need to cover the jar/can with water. You would cover it completely with water if you chose to cook the dulce de leche in the unopened can…which again, is NOT what i did.

  • For the jar, fill the water level up to half way in between the sweetened condensed milk and the lid. Obviously, depending on the size of jar you use this will vary. As a rule of thumb keep the water lower than 1 1-1/2 inches below the seal of the lid.
  • For the can/foil method, fill the water so it covers the bottom half of the can.

Can You Make More Than One Jar of Dulce De Leche at a Time in the Instant Pot?

Yes! Depending on the size of pressure cooker you have, you can fit up to 3 jars/cans on the trivet at a time without changing the cooking time.

Instant Pot Post Pressure Cooker

How Long Do You Cook Dulce De Leche For in the Pressure Cooker?

I cook mine for 35 minutes. I recommend 35-40 minutes, depending on if you prefer a lighter or deeper color to your dulce de leche. I prefer a slightly lighter color to mine, so 35 works perfect. The pictured can/jar or dulce de leche were both cooked for 35 minutes.

Do You Quick Release or Natural Release the Pressure in the Instant Pot When Making Dulce De Leche?

Either! I prefer quick release, because I am impatient, but you can slow release the pressure as well. This will also tend to add a bit more deepness in color to the dulce de leche, as it cooks a little more than the quick release.

Please note, when removing the can or jar from the IP make sure to use heat-safe tongs that will grip the jar/can tightly. You can allow them to cool in the water as well, but if you want to remove it, be careful because it is HOT!

When Can You Take the Lid Off the Jar?

When you use the glass jar method, you can see inside the jar. If you immediately remove it from the pressure cooker after a quick release, the dulce de leche will still be bubbling inside the jar. Make sure it stops bubbling and the jar is only slightly warm to the touch before unscrewing the jar.

With the can/foil method, allow the can to cool to warm before removing the foil.

Can You Make Dulce De Leche in the Slow Cooker?

Yes! Using the sealed jar method, you place the jars in your slow cooker and cover completely with water. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, until the desired color of dulce de leche is achieved.

Dulce De Leche Caramel in the instant pot

Which Method Do I Recommend Overall?

I prefer the glass jar method overall. I like to be able to see the dulce de leche inside the jar AND it’s easier clean up! Once the dulce de leche is made, it’s done and cooled it’s ready to go in the refrigerator! Or it’s perfect for gifting.

How To Use Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche can really be used in place of caramel. Here are a few ideas:

  • Fruit Dip
  • Ice Cream Topper
  • Spread on Toast
  • Filling for cookies or cakes
  • Swirl into brownie batter before baking
  • Coffee sweetener

Looking for recipe to use Dulce De Leche? Try these:

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Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category Category: Sauce
  • Method Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche (Caramel) is SO easy! You will have gorgeous dulce de leche in 35 minutes, with basically no effort at all!


Ingredients:

1 (14- ounce) can sweetened condensed milk


Instructions

  1. Transfer sweetened condensed milk to a glass jar with a sealed lid. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and place the jar on the trivet. Fill the Instant Pot with water until it is about an inch beneath the lid of the jar (above where the condensed milk is and below the lid). Close the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is closed, and choose Manual, High Heat, 35 minutes. It will take about 30 minutes to heat up since there is a considerable amount of water in the pot.
  2. When it’s done cooking, quick release the steam, and open the pot. Using tongs, remove the jar from the water, or allow it to cool before removing.
  3. Transfer the jar to a wire rack and cool completely before opening the lid. The dulce de leche will be bubbling inside the jar for a bit of time. Do not open the jar, as pressure has built. Wait until it cools!

Notes:

Optional can method – Remove paper label from the can of sweetened condensed milk. Open the top and remove the lid. Cover the top tightly with foil. Place in Instant Pot on top of trivet and fill until water is 3/4 way up the can. Follow instructions as above from here. I prefer the method of using foil instead of the can lid, because you can remove the foil without fear of explosion due to pressure. This is actually why I prefer the glass jar method best, because I can see inside the jar, and can see when it stops bubbling.

Store airtight refrigerated for up to 2 weeks

Keywords:: Cookies and Cups, Dulce de Leche, Instant Pot, Dulce de Leche Recipe, Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot Caramel

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Abby T
Abby T
May 20, 2020 4:57 pm

I combined your methods using the glass jar with the foil and it turned out perfect! I had 2 small cans that fell short of a full size can, but using the same cooking time still lended perfect results. It had the bit of water on top as described, but once cool it pours right off. Thank you for posting, this was the best method I found and so easy!!

Shaleen
Shaleen
May 9, 2020 11:24 am

I’m just about to try this- do you think the cooking time is the same if I do half the recipe- ie use half a can of condensed milk?

Wendy Earwood
February 17, 2020 3:30 pm

Just made this and all I can say is WOW!! Thank you!

Rima Muth
December 12, 2019 6:43 am

Hi! Thank you for the detailed instructions. I have tried both the foil and jar methods. Both times my dulce de leche has come out very thick – not at all like a sauce. What am I doing wrong? I cooked both for 35 min

Helen M
Helen M
May 8, 2020 2:13 pm
Reply to  Rima Muth

I’ve tried it twice this week and mine turned out the same, gloppy and thick…. I want this to work… HELP!!

Eda
Eda
December 7, 2019 5:49 pm

Hi, i just bought an instant pot and i was trying to make yoghurt. Instead of normal milk i realised i used lactose free milk. After boiling it, it turned to a caramel colour and I thought I can make dulche de leche, but I am not sure if I still should follow the steps that you wrote in here or try slow cook option. But still how long in slow cooker I don’t know. What should I do with this slightly caramelized milk? 🙂

Mandy P
Mandy P
November 19, 2019 11:22 pm

Is this recipe thick enough for a caramel pie filling? I have been struggling to get the right consistency for YEARS using every method out there. I am also impatient so I love the idea of your method! haha My friend makes it the same way I do and it will come out perfectly…then there’s me with my thinner version that has the consistency of a sauce! I don’t know if I am cooking it too long or not long enough. Any pointers on how to get a thicker consistency would be GREATLY appreciated 🙂

Andie Early
Andie Early
November 5, 2019 9:45 pm

I want to give jars as gifts… But I want to ship it to family. Are these jars pressure canned & therefore safe to ship or do I need to cold pack them?

Calysta
Calysta
July 1, 2020 11:52 pm
Reply to  Andie Early

You could possibly cook it in the can and ship that way. Make a new paper sleeve for the can after it cools decorated to fit the occasion for the gift!

John
John
September 21, 2019 5:36 pm

If the unopened tin can made you nervous, how is a sealed glass jar better (other than being able to see how it looks)? Is there less risk of it exploding?

Not questioning your methods, I would genuinely like to know since I’m also not sold on the idea of the can in the pressure cooker.

Kris
Kris
March 14, 2019 4:15 pm

How long will it keep in the glass jar? Refrigerate?

Agos
March 11, 2019 6:02 pm

Love the detailed explation! I live in Argentina though, so dulce de leche is much cheaper than condensed milk haha.

June
June
March 11, 2019 2:36 pm

SHELLY SHELLY SHELLY, Can you smell the wonderful banana crumb muffins I’m baking? Just finished making 24 muffins with enough batter to make a mini loaf. I could feast on that crumb topping alone:) I am celebrating today…the sun is shining and snow is dripping from my roof top. We have had insane weather the past month here in Minnesota. Even though I grew up with a lot of a snow as a child never do I recall 40 inches in a month! My go to is typically a chocolate chip cookie…but today it just had to be your muffins!… Read more »

Janet
Janet
March 11, 2019 2:15 pm

40 years ago I used to regularly make dulce de leche by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours. Now I just buy it in the store. Sorry to say I have 5 extra pounds around my middle from eating this delicious treat every day while in Argentina on vacation!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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