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How to Caramelize Sugar in the Microwave

Turning sugar into golden caramel can't any easier than doing it in the microwave! In minutes you'll have this liquid gold to use in your favorite recipes
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Kitchen Tip
Cuisine: Global
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 65kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water


  • In a clear, microwave-safe bowl, combine water and sugar. Stir well under sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Microwave on high for about 6 to 7 minutes or until color changes to honey-gold. Use immediately.


  • Use a clear or light-colored microwave-safe bowl to gauge the color change accurately.
  • Since the caramel continues to cook and darken in the residual heat, remove it from the heat source at a shade lighter than the desired color. Aim for a honey-gold tone, as the caramel is bitter as the color deepens.
  • As microwaves vary in wattage, you may need to watch the caramel and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Use the caramel in your recipes immediately, as it thickens and hardens as it cools.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g