Puerto Rican Flan Recipe

  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Puerto Rican, Dessert, Custard, Flan
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


For the Caramel:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar

For the Custard Filling: 

  • 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract 

  • A pinch of salt 

  • 5 eggs

  • ½ cup white granulated sugar


  1. Make the caramel. Pour sugar into a heavy bottomed pot and melt over medium low heat. Watch closely and shake the pan occasionally to ensure the sugar melts evenly (can take up to 20 minutes).caramel in a pan

  2. Pour caramel into the baking dish/es. Once the sugar has melted, carefully pour the caramel in an oven resistant dish or dishes. Tilt the dish/es around to evenly distribute the caramel before setting aside. caramel in ramekins

  3. Make the custard filling. Add all filling ingredients (evaporated milk, milk, vanilla, salt, eggs, and sugar) to a blender and blend until velvety smooth. Pour this mixture into your baking dish over the caramel.

    flan filling in a blender

  4. Bake in a water bath. Place your baking dish inside another, larger oven safe dish with a layer of water to create a water bath. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-80 minutes, or until the center looks jiggly (think jello) but no longer liquid. Remove the flan from the oven and allow time to cool completely.cooked flan in ramekins in a water bath

  5. Loosen and flip the flan. Using a knife, loosen the edges around your flan and the baking dish. Grab a platter to serve the flan on and place it over the baking dish. Carefully flip the flan onto your platter, allowing the caramel to drizzle over the top. Slice, serve and enjoy!


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