Salted Miso Caramel Sauce

spoon lifting miso caramel sauce out of a glass jar.

Enhance your basic caramel sauce with the umami flavor of miso. Miso caramel is easy to make on the stovetop with just 3 ingredients, and great for topping all of your favorite desserts!


  • 2 tbsp miso + 2 tbsp warm water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the miso and warm water. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium high heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stop stirring and continue heating until mixture boils. Boil without stirring until golden.
  4. When golden brown, turn off heat and carefully add half and half, stirring. The mixture will bubble!
  5. Stir in strained miso mixture and salt.
  6. If needed, heat caramel back up and simmer to thicken.


  • Be sure not to stir while the caramel is boiling to avoid crystals forming in the caramel.
  • If the caramel gets too sticky and won't combine while adding the half and half, turn the heat on low to help it blend.
  • You can use heavy cream in place of half and half.
  • Store caramel sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Keywords: miso caramel sauce, salted miso caramel