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Browning Sugar Or Browning Sauce (quick and easy)

This browning sugar recipe creates a rich, flavorful browning sauce that adds a molasses-like, smoky taste to many Caribbean dishes. It also acts like a natural food coloring (it’s brown though!)
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: browning sauce


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup boiling water


  • Add sugar to heavy pot on low heat.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • When the sugar completely melts, stir more often to ensure even heating.
  • When the sugar develops a dark brown to almost black color, remove from heat.
  • Add a tablespoon of boiling water CAREFULLY and stir.
  • Continue adding water until the browning sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  • Cool and bottle. Or use immediately in Caribbean dishes.


  • If the sugar begins to smoke before it develops its dark color, remove from heat until it stops. Then, place on stove and continue the steps.
  • If the sugar clumps when water is added, heat the sauce until the clumps dissolve.