Salted Caramel Pots de Crème


You'll be amazed at how the light sprinkling of sea salt brings out the rich, buttery flavors in this caramel dessert recipe.

Salted Caramel Pots de Creme
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup whipping cream

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • 6 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel or other flaked sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place eight 4-ounce pots de crème pots, ramekins, or 6-ounce custard cups in a large roasting pan; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, the water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Using a soft pastry brush dipped in water, brush down any sugar crystals on sides of pan. Bring mixture to boiling over medium-high heat. Boil gently, without stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture turns an amber color. Remove from heat.

  3. Whisking constantly, carefully add whipping cream and milk to sugar mixture in a slow stream (mixture will steam and sugar will harden). Return to heat. Cook and whisk about 2 minutes more or until sugar is dissolved.

  4. In a large bowl whisk egg yolks until light and foamy. Slowly whisk cream mixture into beaten egg yolks. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a 4-cup glass measuring cup with a pouring spout. Divide mixture among pots de crème pots.

  5. Add enough hot water to the roasting pan to come halfway up sides of pots de crème pots. Carefully place pan on oven rack. Bake about 40 minutes or until edges of custards are set but centers jiggle slightly when shaken. Transfer pots de crème pots to wire racks; cool for 30 minutes. Cover and chill for 4 hours.

  6. Before serving, sprinkle custards with fleur de sel.

To Make Ahead:

Prepare as directed through Step 5, except cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Serve as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
21g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 3g
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 70mg 1%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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