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How to make Pressure Cooker Caramel Dulce de Leche

Pressure Cooker Caramel Dulce de Leche

If you love homemade caramel, then you will swoon over this Pressure Cooker Caramel Dulce de Leche recipe. Simple to make & only takes 1 ingredient.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword caramel, dulce de leche, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-3 small canning jars


  • Transfer sweetened condensed milk into sterile canning jars & add lids
  • Place in the pressure cooker on the trivet
  • Fill the pot with water until it is about 1/2" below the top of the jar- or just under the lid ring
  • Put on the lid & set the valve to "sealing"
  • Press the MANUAL button & set for 35 minutes for darker caramel- as little as 25 minutes for lighter caramel
  • Once done, use the quick release
  • Once the pressure has released, use tongs to remove the caramel
  • Allow to cool to room temperature before moving to the refrigerator or freezer.


*This recipe was created using the 6-quart instant pot. If you are using a different size pot or a different pressure cooker brand entirely, cooking times may be off by a couple of minutes.
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.