Easy Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Recipe

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Take your sweet treats up a notch with this insanely easy Instant Pot dulce de leche recipe you just can’t go wrong with. 

From drizzling it over your bowl of ice cream to adding it to your brownies and other sweet creations, Dulce de leche is a surprisingly versatile and extremely delicious concoction worth whipping up, and if you’re trying your hands at it for the first time, and have your instant pot, here’s a bit of help. 

Read on to discover everything you need to know about making it the right way, along with an incredibly easy recipe to try out- step by step. 

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I add Dulce de leche to so many dessert recipes. Here are a few recent dessert recipes. Some of them would be delicious with an extra topping.

How Do I Make Dulce de Leche?

So you can actually make dulce de leche all by yourself with just one single ingredient- a can of condensed milk. Sounds too good to be true right? Well, it isn’t. 

Condensed milk basically contains a very small amount of water in it, and you can’t boil something that doesn’t have water in it.

Plus, most condensed milk cans contain a good quantity of added sugar, which, when heated, tends to caramelize and turn golden in color. The end result you get- that creamy and incredibly delicious liquid known as Dulce de leche. 

What’s the Difference Between Dulce de Leche & Caramel?

While both of these concoctions rely on the caramelization of sugar as a key component, they are not the same.

Caramel is actually just well heated sugar and is usually crystal clear.

Dulce de leche, on the other hand, also contains milk along with the sugar, which lends it a much creamier taste. 

I Don’t Have Condensed Milk. Can I Still Make Instant Pot Dulce de Leche?

Yes, you definitely can. The procedure may involve a teeny bit more time and effort that way, but yes, you can still whip up a perfectly decent batch of dulce de leche to team up with your sweet creations even if you’ve run out of condensed milk

You’ll basically need some milk, sugar and baking soda- and a little bit of time of course. 

Serving Ideas & Suggestions

Dulce de leche is surprisingly versatile- you can team it up with a number of different foods and take their flavor up a notch.

For instance, if you’ve run out of chocolate to make a fondue, you can use Dulce de leche instead- it tastes great when paired with fresh fruits like strawberries, bananas, grapes and even sliced apples. 

Making crepes or pancakes? This can turn out to be a great topping on them too. In fact, you can also spread it on some plain toast if you want to.

Dulce de leche can also bring out the flavors in many baked goodies like cakes and cookies. Love waffles or churros? Dulce de leche tastes great with those too. 

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Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche

Take your sweet treats up a notch with this insanely easy Instant Pot Dulce de Leche recipe you just can’t go wrong with.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes


Supplies used to make the best Dulce de Leche

Ingredients used to make an easy Dulce de Leche


  1. Open the can of sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Cover the can tightly with aluminum foil
  3. Place in the instant pot on the trivet.
  4. Fill up the Instant Pot with water to cover the can halfway. 
  5. Close the Instant Pot and close the seal. Select “manual, high pressure” for 35 minutes. Due to the amount of water, it will take about 30 minutes to arrive to pressure. 
  6. Once it is done cooking, release the pressure using a hot pad or towel as steam will be hot. 
  7. Remove the can from the Instant Pot using tongs. Transfer to a cooling rack. 
  8. Cool and then serve! Delicious with apples, ice cream, or my favorite, by itself by the spoonful!



  • Can my dog eat Dulce de Leche? Don't give him sweets or sugar. All sweets can be considered forbidden foods for dogs. Sugar is a food to avoid since it can cause obesity and in some cases diabetes.
  • Can my cat eat Dulce de Leche? Avoid giving him this delicacy. Both sugar and other sweeteners are harmful foods in the cat since its metabolism is not prepared to assimilate them. In addition, their palate is also not adapted to these foods and they do not enjoy the sweet taste.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 15Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 2mgSodium 6mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

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    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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