Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Recipe

An easy 30-minute Instant Pot Dulce de Leche recipe. This is a 1-ingredient recipe! Sweetened condensed milk is cooked until it becomes a thick and creamy caramel-like indulgence you can use for many dessert recipes.

Creamy Dulce de leche in jars.

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Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner here. I am really excited to share this recipe with you because it’s a lifesaver. Growing up in a Ukrainian home, dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk or zgushchonka in Ukrainian) was a must-have in the home as we use it for many traditional recipes. We always had (and have) a few cans stored in the refrigerator.

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Dulce de leche is great in recipes like the easy and traditional Ukrainian Waffle Cake or fancier desserts like Raspberry Cake Roulade; each recipe using dulce de leche as a key ingredient.

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is life. Ha, teasing. It is basically sweetened condensed milk heated until it thickens and caramelizes. (The deliciousness you sit and eat with a spoon when a dessert craving kicks in;). Admit it, you’re guilty of this :)..)

We used to always prepare it with a slow cooker but that takes considerably more time. If you have an instant pot (pressure cooker), this 30-minute version is going to become your new favorite. You get the same results in a fraction of the time.

2 jars of dulce de leche with a spoon.

How to make dulce de leche in an instant pot?

  • Wash pint-sized mason jars, lids and bands with soapy warm water. Dry the jars. (This keeps the jars from exploding.)
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk into mason jars. Secure with lids.
  • Add the jars into the instant pot. Pour water into the pressure cooker just below the lids.
  • Cook 30-minutes with a quick release of pressure. Cans will be HOT, remove them with a canning jar lifter.
  • Cover jars with a kitchen towel and allow to cool. Don’t open the jars until they have completely cooled.

NOTE: When removing the jars, the dulce de leche may seem runny and not fully cooked, no worries. It will thicken more as it fully cools.

2 mason jars with sweetened condensed milk in an instant pot.

How long should I cook the condensed milk?

The cook time will depend on how thick and dark you like the dulce de leche:

  • 30-minutes cook time will result in a golden creamy dulce de leche.
  • 35-minutes cook time will result in a dark brown rich color andit will be really thick. (This would be the same consistency and color you’d get if you have ever purchased it at the store.)

2 jars of dulce de leche on a baord with a napkin and cookies.

How to store dulce de leche?

You can store the dulce de leche in the refrigerator in the jars 2-3 weeks.

NOTE: You can fit up to three mason jars into a standard pressure cooker. If you need more than two jars, add another one when cooking.

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Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

An easy 30-minute instant pot dulce de leche recipe. Sweetened condensed milk cooked until it becomes a thick and creamy caramel like indulgence you can use for many dessert recipes.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5
Keyword: dulce de leche
Servings: 2 jars

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14 oz each) sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Wash two mason jars, lids and bands with soapy warm water. Dry the jars. (This keeps the jars from exploding.)

  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into the mason jars. Secure the jars with lids and bands.

  3. Place the jars on the rack of your instant pot. Pour water into the pressure cooker just below the lids.

  4. Cook 30-minutes with a quick release of pressure. Cans will be HOT, remove them with a canning jar lifter.
  5. Cover jars with a kitchen towel and allow to cool. (Don’t open the jars until they have completely cooled.)

Recipe Notes

When removing the jars, the dulce de leche may seem runny and not fully cooked, no worries. It will thicken more as it fully cools.

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A spoonful of dulce de leche pouring from a jar.

What is your favorite recipe using dulce de leche? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Miyani
    July 4, 2018

    Hi Valentina,
    I’ve made my own sweetened condensed milk and it’s about two cups which I have put into one jar with a screw type lid. I don’t have an instant pot. Will a normal pressure cooker do? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 4, 2018

      Hi Miyani, yes a normal pressure cooker should work well since an instant pot is essentially a pressure cooker and we are just cooking this on the pressure cooker mode. Reply

  • Paula
    July 1, 2018

    I’m looking forward to trying this. I’ve made dulce de leche in a pie plate (that’s been placed in a water bath) in the oven before, but your method would good for the summer when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Plus, I recently got an Instant Pot (which I have yet to try). I have a killer recipe for salted dulce de leche sandwhich cookies that I will use this in. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2018

      That’s so great Paula! Enjoy your Insta Pot! mmmm those sandwich cookies sound so good! Reply

  • nelly
    June 28, 2018

    40 years ago,I made the cans boiled in a regular cooker .I made sure the cans were covered by water and I made them boiled for 45 m.Unfortunately the water evaporated before the time and the cans explored .So,from then on,I ordered the dulce de leche by mail. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 28, 2018

      That has always been a fear of mine! Why I chose this method! Reply

  • Olya
    June 28, 2018

    LOVE this, cannot wait to try it!!!! You don’t want to cook with the aluminum cans, it’s really bad for your health, even says so on the back of the cans. And it only takes like 1 minute to transfer it to the jars:). Reply

    • Natasha
      June 28, 2018

      Yes! I figured there was a reason why they would put a warning like that right on the cans! Thanks for sharing Olya! Reply

  • Ask Reddit Food
    June 27, 2018

    I love dulce de leche. Thanks for this easy recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Violetta Z.
    June 27, 2018

    Wow. This is awesome. Thank u for sharing. Going to make some this weekend. 👌 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    June 27, 2018

    Hello ! I make dulce de leche from scratch on the stove top and it last for approx 2 up to 2 1/2 hours. This one is my new favourite, definitely ! Thank you so much ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Zoya
    June 26, 2018

    Hi! Are we able to just put the cans into the instant pot without transferring the condensed milk to mason jars? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2018

      Hi Zoya! Honestly, I haven’t tested that because I’ve heard terrible stories of those tin cans exploding if not fully submerged and I’m not sure if that would be made worse under pressure. I would not risk it.  Reply

      • June 27, 2018

        I always put the tins directly into the pressure cooker. Never had a one explode on me……. and it is something I make fairly regularly! Reply

        • Natasha
          June 27, 2018

          Thank you so much for sharing!! I’ve heard several stories from my readers about stove-top explosions in the tin cans but no one has said anything about pressure cookers thankfully! 🙂 Reply

        • nina
          June 27, 2018

          I put the tin cans directly in my pressure cooker also! Reply

        • Sherry
          June 28, 2018

          How long would you cook the cans for? Same as the glass? Reply

          • June 28, 2018

            I like mine really thick, so I put the tins at 15lb’s pressure for 40 minutes. The longer you leave it the thicker it gets!

          • Natasha
            June 28, 2018

            Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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