Make this strawberry sauce recipe with fresh or frozen strawberries. Pour it on waffles and ice cream, or use it as a glaze for cheesecake!
We love plump, juicy summer strawberries at our house, and one of our favorite things to make with them is this sublime strawberry compote!
What You’ll Find In This Post
- Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
- How To Make Strawberry Sauce
- Strawberry Sauce Variations
- Make Ahead and Storage
- Ways To Use Strawberry Glaze
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Fruit Sauces
Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
If you’ve been craving a syrupy-sweet strawberry sauce to garnish your desserts, then you’re in luck! This recipe uses simple ingredients that you might already have on hand.
- Strawberries: The strawberries are going to be a key component in this recipe. We used fresh strawberries this time, but feel free to use frozen if you like!
- Sugar: We used granulated sugar to add sweetness to this fruity sauce.
- Water: The water combines with the sugar to create a syrupy consistency.
- Lemon Juice: We wanted a bit of citrus tang to our strawberry sauce, so we added lemon juice. You can also add a little lemon zest for extra citrus flavor.
- Vanilla: A bit of vanilla extract adds depth of flavor to this strawberry glaze recipe.
- Salt: If you’d like to multiply the flavor of your dishes, then you can start by adding a dash of salt. Salt is a known flavor enhancer, which means it will draw out even more flavor from your ingredients!
How To Make Strawberry Sauce
Soften the Strawberries
- Put the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and water in a saucepan.
- Cook them over medium heat until the strawberries begin to soften, stirring occasionally.
- If you use frozen strawberries, they will take much longer to get hot.
Mash the Strawberries
- Mash the strawberries with a wooden spoon to further break them down.
- Continue boiling the sauce, stirring often, until it has thickened.
Add Flavoring To Strawberry Sauce
- Remove from heat, and add a splash of vanilla and a pinch of salt
- Then, pour the strawberry sauce into a small pitcher for serving.
Strawberry Sauce Variations
Want to switch up your sauce? Here are some fun variations of this recipe to try!
Triple Berry Sauce
If you want a mixture of fruity flavors for your compote, try using 1 cup strawberries, 3/4 cup blueberries, and 3/4 cup raspberries for a triple-berry blend!
You can also try switching out the lemon juice for lime, orange, or pineapple! If you want even more citrus punch, try adding some zest of lemon, lime, or orange.
Thickened Strawberry Sauce
Thinner strawberry sauce is perfect for use as a glaze, but a thicker sauce is great when you want to be able to spread it over things like cake or toast. Boiling the sauce for a longer duration helps thicken it because the liquid evaporates. Or, you can add a mixture of cornstarch and water to the boiling sauce to thicken it quickly.
Make Ahead and Storage
Let the strawberry sauce cool completely, and then transfer it into an airtight container such as a mason jar.
- Make Ahead: This is a great recipe to make ahead of time! You can even double or triple the recipe so that you have extra to store in the freezer.
- Refrigerator: Store it in the fridge for up to a week.
- Freezer: Store in the freezer in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 months. Let thaw in the fridge.
- Reheating: If you want to serve the strawberry sauce warm, reheat it over low heat in a saucepan on the stovetop or use the microwave.
Ways To Use Strawberry Glaze
- Make waffles with bisquick and serve them with maple syrup and strawberry sauce!
- Use our Bisquick pancake recipe to make light, airy pancakes and enjoy them with homemade strawberry compote.
- It can be drizzled on top of crepes with some sweetened whipped cream.
- You can also use it as a strawberry glaze for cheesecake!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, however, keep in mind that they’ll take a little longer to break down.
Use this sauce for your fruit and yogurt parfaits, waffles, crepes, cakes, cheesecake, ice cream, and more!
A compote is a chunky fruit sauce made by cooking fruit and sugar on the stovetop until the fruit breaks down into a delicious sauce.
More Fruit Sauces
- Homemade applesauce is a popular choice year-round!
- Cranberry sauce is a must during the holidays.
- Blueberry sauce is delicious in blueberry pretzel salad.
- This raspberry sauce goes well with chocolate!
- Cook strawberries, sugar, 1/4 cup water, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, for 12-15 minutes (frozen strawberries may take longer) until the strawberries start to break down.
- Use a wooden spoon to mash up the strawberries even more. Continue boiling until the sauce has thickened. See Note 1 to make an even thicker consistency.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.