Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

This Instant Pot Dulce De Leche is the easiest and foolproof way to make Dulce De Leche! Like Ever! It's gorgeous, creamy, and sweet, with less than 30 minutes of cooking time using your pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

I love my Instant Pot. I use it to make a lot of meal prep foods, mostly soups! And has been a blessing in so many ways! But have you tried making Dulce De Leche in it?? Growing up, my mom would always make the most irresistible Slavic dessert, Russian Dulce De Leche Waffle Cake. But she would always boil some Sweetened Condensed Milk over the stove for 3-4 hours. And don't get me wrong, it's highly effective! She would peel the paper off the tin cans and place them into the pot with water and set it to boil. But I noticed that overtime, the glue off the cans would create a sticky residue that stays inside the pot, and it's close to impossible to clean.

So why not place the condensed milk into some glass mason jars?? And take it a step further...put the jars inside your instant pot. Now you have a clean pot and dulce de leche that's ready in less than 30 minutes instead of 4 hours! Totally a big game changer!

What Is Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche is what happens when slowly heating sweetened condensed milk. The slow cooking caramelizes the sugar and turns it into a nice auburn/deep golden color.

Is Caramel and Dulce De Leche the same thing? Eh...kinda/sorta. But still very different. Dulce De Leche is from sweetened condensed milk, while caramel is make with water and sugar. Also, MAKE SURE you don't make the mistake by using evaporated milk. Which doesn't have sugar, which will give it that deep golden color.

Quick Release or Natural Release The Pressure

Either one works! I'll usually do a quick release because it's just too tempting to get started! But you could wait an additional 10 to 15 minutes to slowly release the pressure. But keep in mind that when you do that, the color of your Dulce De Leche will be slightly more deeper in color since it will continue to cook "longer". But it won't change the taste or the texture by much.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when you do take the jars out of your instant pot, please use oven/heat safe tongs. That will grip the jar tightly. Wouldn't want any mishaps from happening. You can allow them to cool in the water if you'd like, or place them on a kitchen towel, but be cautious and very careful because the jars will be very hot!

When Can I Remove The Lid Off The Jars

I highly recommend the jars to completely cool off before unscrewing the lids. Because the Leche is very hot, the pressure has also built up inside the jars as well. You can cause 2nd to 3rd degree burns, and those are never fun to deal with.

But if you must, at least make sure the Leche has completely stopped bubbling inside the jars.

What To Use Leche On

There are so many fun and unique ways you can use Dulce De Leche. Here are some of my favorites

  • Fruit Dip. Fun and festive date or picnic with friends idea.
  • Ice Cream Topper. This one never disappoints.
  • Filling on Cakes and/or Cookies. My go-to is the Waffle Cake.
  • Swirl on top of Brownie Batter. Don't you just love that beautiful swirl on baked goods?
  • Spread on Toast. This one brings up a childhood nostalgic memory.
  • Coffee Sweetener. If you're anything like me, I LOVE my coffee in the morning. Try it as a sweetener!

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Prep time:
5 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Chill time:
Total time:
35 minutes
8-10 Servings


  • 1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 glass Jars
  • Instant Pot


  1. Transfer the condensed milk into one large or a few small glass jars with a sealed lid. Place the trivet at the bottom of your Instant Pot and place your jar(s) onto the trivet.
  2. Fill with water until it is about an inch from the lid of the jar.
  3. Close the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is sealed. Choose Manual, High Heat, 30-35 minutes.
  4. When it's done cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 to 15 minutes, then open the valve to venting.
  5. Using tongs, remove the jar(s) from the water, placing them on a wire rack or a towel.
  6. Cool completely before opening the jars.

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