Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche is a thick and creamy caramel sauce made up of condensed milk. It can be used for so many things; your coffee, in desserts, or just to eat alone when you are craving something sweet.

Instant Pot is a foolproof method to make the best Dulce de Leche ever. It is so easy and you do not have to worry about anything being burnt.

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de Leche is a sweet caramel sauce, made by heating condensed milk. The heating has to be slow. The slow process allows the sugar in the condensed milk to caramelize, giving the sweet milk the caramel flavor and deep color. The Spanish translation of Dulce de Leche is “sweet or candy of milk” and that is exactly what it is.

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, you will not be able to make Dulce de Leche.]

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.


Instant Pot Dulce de Leche
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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
  • 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.

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