Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Its summer time! And you know what that means.... its time for fruit cocktails with fresh squeezed juices, big fat slices of watermelon, lighter dinners and ICE CREAM!! I mean you have to cool down somehow right... ice cream and cocktails are only the realistic way to do this.

Salted caramel ice cream is something that I have had all over the place recently... it seems to have become an up and coming flavor (at least I think so because I only used to eat chocolate and mint chip and didn't know how to expand my horizons until recently). I have had it in San Francisco, in Portland, in Tucson and most recently in Los Angeles. I decided it was high time to make some for myself... and that is exactly what I did.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
There's just something about pairing salt with creamy, sweet caramel.
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Freeze 2 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • In a medium heavy pot cook the sugar over medium high heat until it starts to turn golden brown and melts. After about 3 minutes, add the butter, milk and cream. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until everything is melted and is barely simmering. Remove from heat and set aside. In another small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Whisk constantly until the mixture turns to a light yellow color and becomes thick. Slowly add about ¾ cups of the warm cream into the egg mixture and stir until smooth. Then add the rest of the cream mixture and continue to stir. Transfer the entire mixture back into the pot and stir until it thickens, but be careful not to let it boil.
  • Once thick, remove from the heat and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Pour the custard mixture into your ice cream machine and mix according to the manufacturers instructions. After the mixer is done, transfer the ice cream into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours before eating.


Homemade ice cream freezes very hard, so keep in mind that you'll want to let it soften up before trying to scoop.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 130mg | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. I just came across this ice cream at my supermarket, now they ran out, very frustrating!
    I will try your recipe, Gaby. Thanks!

  2. Think I did something wrong. What do you put in the sugar to cook it? Mine stuck to the pan. Do you put water in? If so, how much?

  3. Just made this tonight and it turned out delicious!! And pretty easy, too. Let the caramel darken as long as possible for a great flavor--to the point just before it burns. Topped mine with peanuts...mmm.

  4. I love anything that has to do with salted caramel, especially ice cream! This looks wonderful Gaby!

  5. We're vegan so we don't eat ice cream unless it's made with an alternative to dairy. That said, this ice cream looks so good. I wish I could find a way to veganize it. Problem is, I think I would eat it all! Maybe it's better if I just look at the pics on your site. That way it's calorie free!

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