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Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Make homemade Dulce de Leche in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker! This is the easiest caramel sauce you will ever make.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 14 ounces
Calories: 123kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous



  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Ingredient to Make Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Remove the label from the can and then open the can (trust me, it's easier to remove the label first). DO NOT LEAVE THE LID ON THE CAN! It's very dangerous to cook a sealed can in a pressure cooker.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Cover the can with tin foil, securing it as tightly as possible.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Place a trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and then place the foil-wrapped can on top. You do not want the can directly on the metal bottom because it gets very hot.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Carefully pour water into the Instant Pot along the side (don't pour on top of the can). The water needs to be halfway up the side of the can.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Lock the lid in place and close the steam valve. Pressure cook on HIGH for 40 minutes. Once the cycle is complete, quick-release the steam.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Carefully remove the can from the pot. It will be very hot and this is where the canning jar lifter will come in handy if you have one. Place the can on a cooling rack, remove the foil, and allow it to cool down for 20 minutes.
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • Stir the contents of the can with a spoon. Use a hand towel to hold the hot can. The caramel will be lumpy at first, keep stirring. Add the vanilla extract and salt (if making the salted version) and continue to stir until you have a smooth consistency. Transfer to a sealable container like a glass jar.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • You can enjoy the dulce de leche immediately or store it in a sealed container in the fridge until you are ready to use it. The caramel will last for up to two weeks sealed in the fridge. The caramel will not harden but it will thicken when cold. Set it on the counter to warm up or zap it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds in a microwave-safe container.



  • DO NOT LEAVE THE LID ON THE CAN! It's very dangerous to cook a sealed can in a pressure cooker
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines.
  • You can cook more than one can at once! Up to three cans will fit in a 6 qt Instant Pot! The cooking time will remain the same.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 142mg | Sugar: 20.8g | Calcium: 109mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.