Microwave Caramel Sauce

Microwave Caramel Sauce

This Easy Microwave Caramel Sauce can be whipped up in just minutes…I actually made mine Salted Caramel Sauce by adding a pinch of salt at the end..but you can do either! So easy and perfect!

This quick and easy Microwave Caramel Sauce is a no brainer…it’s infinity times better than a store-bought sauce, and it literally takes 5 minutes…so I can make it all day every day. Because that’s exactly what will get me closer to my goal weight, yes?

Seriously just give me a straw.


Which brings me to bad-mouth those people who claim that they don’t like caramel. I just will never understand.

Butter. Cream. Sugar.

I mean.

Some of those people actually live in my house. It’s basically the most annoying thing ever, right after 1 Oreo left in the packet and folding socks.

Because those are #1 and #2 on my “most annoying” list.

Anyhow, when 50% of us on the homefront get a caramel twitch…I’ve now got us covered.

Oh also, I added a bit of extra salt to my caramel to amp up the heart-health factor, as well as make it Salty Caramel Sauce. Win-win.

Simple Microwave Salted Caramel Sauce

Here are the key players…

Ingredients for simple microwave salted caramel sauce

Just melt your butter and add in your brown sugar and cream…

Adding cream to the caramel

Whisk it until it’s combined and then pop it in the microwave for a few minutes, stirring once. You’ll want to use a dish with high sides, as the mixture bubbles up in the microwave.

Then, like I said add some extra salt, only if you want to.

Oh and vanilla. Yep!

Mixing up the salted caramel sauce

And whisk it all in some more. It will be a little thin while it’s super warm, but will thicken as it cools.

Whisking the caramel sauce

I transferred mine into a cute little Mason Jar so I could pretend like I live in Pinterest for a day.

Easy Microwave Caramel Sauce!

And then let my kiddo get busy covering stuff in caramel.

Perfect Microwave Caramel Sauce!



Microwave Caramel Sauce
makes 1½ cups caramel sauce
  • ¼ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  1. In a 4 cup microwave safe glass bowl (or larger) combine melted butter, brown sugar and heavy cream, whisking until blended and there are no lumps.
  2. Heat mixture in microwave on high for 2 minutes and remove to stir. Return to microwave and heat for 2 more minutes until bubbly and slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in salt and vanilla and allow to cool until warm, not hot. Mixture will thicken as it cools.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. If caramel cools completely reheat by placing in microwave for 20-25 seconds.
Microwave time might vary slightly, as microwaves aren't all the same wattage.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week

recipe adapted from Domino Sugar


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Yeah… this is pretty much exactly what I need in my life stat. And I’ll drink it out of a straw right there with ya 😉

Definitely pinned!


I’m loving this recipe! I made homemade caramel sauce over the weekend and while I was making it, I thought it’d be nice if I knew a way to make it with less cleanup. Your blog post just made my day! Thank you for making my life a little easier! 🙂

Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

This is so simple and easy that I don’t think I’ll ever buy caramel sauce again. I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

I don’t normally say dang..but dang! This looks awesome and to be so simple even! My grandkiddos are beginning to do a little baking/cooking. I’m so sharing this easy caramel sauce recipe with them! Thanks. 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I love caramel sauce and I love anything I can make in the micro! Pinned! I make caramels in the micro and they’re so easy and love the ease of your sauce! 🙂


How do you store it?

Brittany c

Hello awesome!! I’ve needed this in my life. I’ve had the best and EASIEST hot fudge recipe my whole life, but never a quick and easy caramel sauce! Wahoo! I Can’t wait to try it out!

Erma Reeder

Wod you share your hot fudge recipe with me? I lost my favorite.


I’d love to make this but i dont have a microwave. What can i do? @Brittany could u share ur hot fudge recipe pls 🙂

sharon anderson

Would like this easy hot dudge recipe. Thanks.


How long will this last ? Refrigerate? After opening? Store in cupboard? After opened in the cupboard?

Jenny Flake

Girl!!!! I might be making this in about 30 seconds…lol! Amazing!!


How long can you store this for? After I put it in a mason jar,, can I then boil it in a pot of hot water to seal the lid. That way I can make a bunch at one time?

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

Just pass me the straw and the pan…no need to go all pinteresty and eat it from a jar!!! This definitely needs to happen in my microwave!!!

shailaja sen

So tempting. ..surely I will make it…bookmarking it thank u shelly for sharing this recipe…

Jessica @ Sweet Menu

Oh this recipe was made for me! The first time I made caramel on the stove I didn’t wait long enough for it to thicken, the second time I burnt it and my finger – perhaps this time it will actually work! Love this easy version!

Samina | The Cupcake Confession

I’ll take two straws with that jar of pure liquid gold heaven! You know, so i can get it into my system faster! 😀 Neeeeeeeed this in my life!!!!


Looks divine!
Definitely going to try it!
How long does it keep for?


Ok this is DANGEROUSLY easy!

Chloe @ foodlikecake


Cookbook Queen

I’m kind of majorly in love with this. If you need me, I’ll be swimming in caramel.

Rachel Cooks

Whaaaaaat?! Oh heck yes.

Lauren @ Living the Savory Life

Really?? Easy as! I usually only make it once a year at the holidays because it usually takes me a few tries in a sauce pan (I’m good at burning sugar). I might have to give this a go tomorrow!! I could use a little caramel comfort in my life!


Oh yes! Now I have something to dip my…EVERYTHING in! Thank you, I will now be fat forever.


This looks great, but how do you store it? In the frig. or in your cabinet?


Genius!! I’ve been meaning to make my own salted caramel for so long, but was always intimidated by the stove top method. I can’t wait to try this!

Annette S

What is the shelf life of the caramel? I would love to make some but I wouldn’t need that much.


Oh man I’m in trouble! A microwave version?!? I’m all over this. I agree with you–something wrong with people who don’t like caramel!


Just curious… Does it dry hard? Was wondering if this would work on popcorn. Looks delicious!

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

I adore caramel sauce, but apparently my family doesn’t like caramel??? So I hardly ever have it, but I love it so much and I think I’ll make a little batch of this for myself asap. Yum!!


I am so doomed to a summer of fat pants!

Jamie | My Baking Addiction

This just pretty much made my day – I think I’ll be poring this stuff on every single thing!

Lindsay Lou

I just made this tonight! It was so super easy! My toddler had fun helping me make it. I love that it just takes a few minutes in the microwave, as opposed to stirring it forever on the stove top. We dipped apples in it and it was divine! Thanks for the delicious (and dangerous) recipe! 🙂


Hi, would anyone know what the conversions would be to grams or oz for butter and sugar then ml for cream, for uk measures pretty please 🙂


The conversion would be 67.5gm butter this would be quarter of a 250gm block of butter or half a 125gm block. Cream would be 125ml.


I’ve discovered that it’s very anti-social keeping it in the fridge….as my head also keeps disappearing in there and for some strange reason it comes out all sticky….but don’t worry I’ve solved that problem by strapping the jar to me, it’s remarkably portable and prevents the need of having to share!…I mean, share? HAHA what a ridiculous notion! 🙂

Jeff Domer

Omfg home made caramel machiato for everyone! !! U go girl

Bri | Bites of Bri

Oh ya, just gimme a straw! This looks perfect for those times when you just need some caramel.


So, please research if vanilla soy milk would work to replace cream. Plain soy milk works great for sauces and might be a great sub for lactose intolerant souls.


I CAN HARDLY WAIT to try this! The downfall of caramel is the time it takes and the risk of burning the sugar, but this method sounds like the answer!


Oh, I definitely have to pin this…and it could be totally dangerous how easy this! lol Thank you for sharing!!!



Annie @ Annie

This is genius! I’m a little scared about breaking out the big guns and doing it on the hob, I’m clumsy and am almost certain to set fire to the place, but even I can make caramel sauce with this recipe, thank you so much! Pinned and printed 🙂


i have no doubt that this is gorgeous and i will be making it.but out of interest as i have a complete fuss pot allergic to change borther…how different does it taste to the stuff that you stir for hours to create:)thanks.xx


So you mean I shall never live in fear of scalding myself with hot sugar on the stove ever again!? Sigh. Life just got so good.


Can you tell me if this is interchangable with recipies that tell you to unwrap and melt a bag of caramels. Thanks


Ohhhh…THANK YOU!!! Well my hips and scale don’t agree, but too bad. I can’t wait to make this and swirl it into my homemade malted vanilla bean ice cream! Or maybe just eat it with a spoon. Wonder if you could add a little dark chocolate to it…maybe make a chocolate caramel sauce??? (I have 25 lbs of chocolate sitting around, I’ll try it!)


Hi Shelly,
I just make your caramel. I think I did something wrong… It is more of a liquid. Doesn’t look like your caramel in the picture. Any suggestions???


This looks absolutely fabu…wait, you fold socks? 🙂

Mandy McInnes

Hi there Brittany. Would you share your hot fudge recipe please. It sounds delish. I’m on [email protected]. Not sure how else you’d find me or be sure I’d get your reply. Thank you so much. All the best from sunny South Africa. Mandy (McInnes)

Mandy McInnes

Hi there. Great page – love the look of this sauce. I’ll be trying it tomorrow. Thank you!


I LOVE caramel and can’t wait to try this. I don’t usually keep cream on hand (yes I can run to the store) but I always have coffee creamer on hand. Do you think liquid coffee creamer would work as a substitute for the cream?
A hint for all you caramel lovers: try a Caramel flavored coffee creamer in some baking like pancakes or waffles etc. . . it adds a wonderful flavor.

Renee @ Awesome on $20

Now I can have a jar of salted caramel sauce in my fridge at all times. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.


Seriously the best Carmel I’ve ever had! Thank you!

Paula B.
I will be making this soon as I love homemade caramel sauce, that store-bought stuff is tasteless. Funny, about your family members and their preferences, I never liked caramel anything until “later” in life, now one could say I can’t get enough. (Making up for lost time?) So, maybe they’ll eventually come around. I hear ya on the Oreo situation, but I have to say that I find folding socks very therapeutic. Thanks for the easy recipe, my last few attempts at making a traditional caramel sauce did not turn out so well, leaving me very discouraged. I’m pinning this,… Read more »