An easy 35-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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Valentina with Valentina’s Corner here. I am really excited to share this recipe with you because it’s a lifesaver. Dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk) was a must-have in my Mother’s kitchen as we used it for many traditional recipes. We always had (and have) a few cans stored in the refrigerator.

Dulce de leche is great in recipes like the easy and traditional Ukrainian Waffle Cake or drizzled into your morning coffee.

What is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is incredible. It is basically sweetened condensed milk heated until it thickens and caramelizes. You could 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 35-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.
  • Place jars on a rack in the instant pot. Pour water into the pressure cooker just below the lids.
  • Cook 35-40 minutes on manual high pressure 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:

  • 35-minutes cook time will result in a golden creamy dulce de leche.
  • 40-minutes cook time will result in a dark brown rich color and it 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 it 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.

Try these recipes using dulce de leche-

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

5 from 20 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
An easy 35-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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 2 jars

Instructions

  • Wash two mason jars, lids and bands with soapy warm water. Dry the jars. (This keeps the jars from exploding.)
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk into the mason jars. Secure the jars with lids and bands.
  • Place the jars on the rack of your instant pot. Pour water into the pressure cooker just below the lids.
  • Cook 35-40 minutes* on manual high pressure 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.)

Notes

*Cook 35 minutes for a lighter, creamier dulce de leche and 40 minutes on high pressure for thicker, darker results. Note it will thicken more as it fully cools.
Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: dulce de leche
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

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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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  • Laura
    February 9, 2024

    I would like to can the dulce de Leche for a longer shelf life. Are the jars “canned” an ready for the pantry shelf?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 10, 2024

      Hi Laura! I have not tested canning this.

      Reply

  • Lily
    April 23, 2023

    Hi Natasha. I’ve tried this recipe but I think I’ve made a mistake. Was 1 hour too long? I wanted a golden color but my mom told me to do it longer & it turned out choppy darker.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 23, 2023

      Hi Lily, I recommend following the recipe as written and as it is especially your first time because that has been proven to work.

      Reply

  • emily
    April 19, 2023

    hi….i’m so excited on trying to make dulce de leche this way but i’m confused is to why i need to wash the jars again “to avoid exploding” should i be worried about jars exploding?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 19, 2023

      Hi Emily, the key is in making sure you have enough water going up the side of the jars (also avoid using very large jars or you won’t be able to accomplish that).

      Reply

  • Natashas Kitchen
    December 21, 2022

    Hi Eliza, I think that should work fine so long as they fit on the rack. We have a note on it in the recipe, You can store it in the refrigerator in the jars 2-3 weeks.

    Reply

    • eliza
      December 27, 2022

      thats great natasha. thank you for answering my questions. can i add 2 cans of condensed milk into 1 taller jar then? also do you have an ORESHKI recipe?

      Reply

      • NatashasKitchen.com
        December 27, 2022

        Hi Eliza. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to search for all my recipes on my website. I do not have a recipe for that.
        The key is making sure you have enough water going up the side of the jars so if you’re using large jars you may not be able to accomplish that.

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        • eliza
          December 28, 2022

          sooo using a Ball wide mouth 24oz jar per 1 can is a NO then? i have no idea is to where i can find a 14oz jar with out buying the whole case of them. lol.
          thank you natasha.

          Reply

  • Katie L
    April 1, 2021

    This is great! I tested today in instant pot but not in jars, I poured it in 6inch stainless steel bowl that fits perfectly in my instant pot and added water to the instant pot ,cooked 45 minutes… 👍

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Donna
    December 18, 2020

    Hi, I just made this and put in 4 ounce jars but I’m wondering how to make it to preserve it so I could use these as a bridal shower or wedding shower favor and not worry about it not being refrigerated.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2020

      Hi Donna, Please check out How to store dulce de leche in the recipe. I haven’t tried it any other way though to advise.

      Reply

  • Amy Wong
    December 11, 2020

    Hi! I’m from Malaysia. Follow the recipes but water gets into my jar. I already sealed properly but still water gets in. Can I pour away the top water and use the dulce de leche.

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    • Natasha
      December 14, 2020

      Hi Amy, I wonder if maybe there is a gap in the seal. You can drain off any water that pools at the top and still use it.

      Reply

  • Vedika
    November 25, 2020

    Hi! Looking forward to making this. I have left over condensed milk and thought I could make this with the churros. Does the time change if I have about 3/4 cups?

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    • Natasha
      November 25, 2020

      Hi Vedika, It should still take about the same amount of time to make dulce de leche even with a smaller amount.

      Reply

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