Trinidad Style Browning Sauce

Trinidad Style Browning Sauce dripping from a spoon
Trinidad Style Browning Sauce in a glass jar
Trinidad Style Browning Sauce being made in a bowl
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Browning Sauce is a local caramelized brown sugar that adds that distinct dark brown color to certain Caribbean dishes. Unlike molasses, which is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, browning is made from granulated sugar. The crystals are cooked down and diluted to create a syrup consistency which is then used to add flavor and color to both sweet and savory dishes.   

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 5 (7 votes)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
1 Bottle



In a saucepan, place the sugar on medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon as it melts. Be careful with this process as the sugar can burn very easily and if it burns, it will be too bitter.
Arial of sugar in a pot on a stovetop
As the sugar melts, it will begin to turn dark brown with bubbles and eventually foam.
Sugar being stirred in a pot
When this foaming begins, remove from the heat and slowly add the HOT water to the sugar mixture.
Sugar foaming a pot
Be careful when adding the water as the mixture is known to spit and splatter at this time.
Water being added to a pot of sugar
Continue to stir and add water until you have reached a silky syrup-like texture.
Pot of browning sauce being stirred
Allow the mixture to cool before storing it into a bottle. Use this mixture to add color and flavor to your stewed meats, pelau, or black cake.
Pot of browning sauce cooling in a pot
Optional: You can add molasses to the browning before storing to add a little depth of flavor.
Molasses being added to browning sauce with a spatula

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Trinidad Browning, Brown cooking syrup, Caribbean Browning

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