Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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.

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


  • 2 cans (14 oz each) sweetened condensed milk


  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 35-40 minutes* on manual high pressure 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

*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.