Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche in a glass with a spoon with some of the spread

Elevate your sandwich with this Instant Pot Dulce de Leche!

Make a wonderful spread using only 1 ingredient!

Dulce de Leche in a glass with a spoon with some of the spread

Making this recipe in the Instant Pot is a foolproof method to make the best Dulce de Leche ever. It is so easy, nothing being burnt and you get the a perfect result each and every time.

What is Dulce de Leche anyway?

Dulce de Leche is a thick and creamy caramel sauce made up of condensed milk.

This sweet caramel sauce is being made by heating condensed milk slowly. The slow process allows the sugar in the condensed milk to caramelize, giving the sweet milk the caramel flavor and deep color.

This caramel confection originally came from from Latin America, and the Spanish translation of Dulce de Leche is "sweet or candy of milk" and that is exactly what it is.

How to serve Dulce De Leche?

You can do so many things with Instant Pot Dulce de Leche:

Sweeten your morning coffee.

Make sandwiches for breakfast or a picnic, with bread or even crepini egg wraps.

Mix with Instant Pot yogurt or  ice cream.

Add Over Instant Pot Rice pudding or Instant Pot Japanese Cheesecake for extra flavor.

Serve with any of these Chilean Desserts.

Eat alone when you are craving for something sweet.

Is Dulce de Leche actually a caramel?

Yes, and no. They are almost the same in color and flavor, but Dulce de Leche is more gourmet for me.

Dulce de Leche is made from the condensed milk, while the caramel is made with sugar and water.

Can I use evaporated milk?

Condensed milk is sweetened condensed milk. Evaporated milk is unsweetened condensed milk. They are almost the same, minus the sugar.

If you are trying to make Dulce de Leche with the evaporated milk, you will not be able to. As mentioned, the milk needs sugar which can be caramelized. Since evaporated milk has no sugar, it won't work in this recipe.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes. You can use 2 or even 3 cans of condensed milk, and make more Dulce de Leche at once.

Cooking time stays the same.

How to make Dulce de Leche

Gather your ingredients:

Pour water in Instant Pot and Insert a Trivet. Wrap the opened can of condensed milk with aluminum foil. Place the can on top of the rack.

Set the pressure on High. Cook the milk for 35 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is done, perform a quick pressure release.

Let it cool a bit before serving and storing.

Dulce de Leche in a glass with a spoon with some of the spread

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

A homemade Dulce de Leche with beautiful nutty color and wonderful deep flavors…
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: condensed milk, Dulce de Leche
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Corrie


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup water for the Instant Pot


  • Add water into the Instant Pot and place a trivet.
  • Open a can of condensed milk. Cover it with aluminum foil and place on the trivet.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 35 minute.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and remove the can.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂 You can cool it down in the fridge.


Calories: 106kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 3g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 43mg Potassium: 122mg Sugar: 18g Vitamin A: 88IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 94mg Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

  1. I followed the instruckions and it came out a creamy colour instead of carmel, It still tasted good. What do you think was the problem ?

    1. It will continue to caramelize with more time, so maybe try adding 5 minutes! Might just be a different model of pressure cooker, not sure why.

  2. Do you have to open the can? I used to make this on the stove by simply boiling in the can. Not sure if the pressure changes that?

    1. Yes, because of the pressure, this recipe calls for opening the can and covering with aluminum foil for the same result.

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