Microwave Caramel

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Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

2-3 mins

Free Time

to cut an apple for dipping

Forget about thermometers and sticky pots! Anyday makes the perfect caramel with little-to-no effort. It’s as simple as adding all of the ingredients to the dish and cooking it in the microwave — seriously.

The beauty of this recipe is that, if you continue cooking for a few extra minutes you’ll end up with a chewy caramel, perfect for candies. Wrap squares of caramel in parchment paper and give them as gifts!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish

This dish’s superpower is evenly heating leftovers and cooking small portions.

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (50g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or flaky salt


For the caramel sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients to the Anyday dish and stir to combine.
  2. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until the ingredients bubble, the sugar is fully dissolved, and the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Cool slightly before using, then save refrigerated for up to 1 month.

For chewy caramel:

  1. Add all ingredients to the Anyday dish and stir to combine.
  2. Cook for 2:30-3 minutes, or until the mixture looks very thick and almost foamy. It should be slowly bubbling — take care when transferring the dish from the microwave. If resting the dish, place it on a heat-proof surface.
  3. Once cooked, pour the caramel into a parchment-lined tray. Sprinkle some flaky salt and allow the candies to fully set before cutting them into pieces.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Pour this sauce over ice cream, pancakes, or morning coffee.
  • Replace sweetened condensed milk with this caramel sauce to make the soaker for our Tres Leches Cake.
  • Add vanilla bean for a richer sauce.
  • Use browned butter for a delicious twist.

Recipe notes

  • Make sure to transfer the dish to a heat-proof surface.
  • You can make this recipe ahead of time and save up to 3 months in the fridge.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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