Indulge in the luscious sweetness of our homemade strawberry sauce, a burst of ripe, sun-kissed flavor in every spoonful. Elevate your desserts, breakfast, or snacks with this delightful, versatile topping. Pure joy in a jar!

Welcome to a world of vibrant flavor and culinary delight with our delicious, irresistible homemade strawberry sauce. Crafted from the juiciest, sun-ripened strawberries, our sauce is a celebration of sweetness and freshness. Picture the perfect morning indulgence as you drizzle this delectable sauce over a stack of fluffy pancakes or waffles, transforming an ordinary breakfast into a feast of extraordinary taste. The rich, red hues of the strawberries are not just visually appealing, but also signify the authentic, wholesome experience that awaits you.

But our strawberry sauce isn’t limited to breakfast delights; it’s a versatile companion that effortlessly elevates your culinary creations. Whether swirled into creamy yogurt for a wholesome snack, layered between cake for a heavenly dessert, or spooned over vanilla ice cream for an instant treat, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Its velvety texture and intense berry flavor make it a delightful addition to both sweet and savory dishes, offering a symphony of tastes that will leave you craving more.

Reasons to love Strawberry Sauce

  • Intense Natural Sweetness: One of the primary reasons to love strawberry sauce lies in its intense natural sweetness. Made from perfectly ripe strawberries, the sauce captures the essence of the sun-kissed fruit, delivering a burst of delightful sweetness that satisfies the sweet tooth without overwhelming it.
  • Versatility in Culinary Creations: Strawberry sauce is a culinary chameleon, effortlessly adapting to various dishes. Whether you’re topping your morning pancakes, swirling it into yogurt, layering it in a cake, or drizzling it over ice cream, the versatility of strawberry sauce makes it a kitchen essential, adding a fruity twist to both sweet and savory creations.
  • A Burst of Freshness: With each spoonful, experience the invigorating burst of freshness that only real strawberries can provide. The vibrant red color and the unmistakable aroma contribute to a sensory experience that goes beyond taste, creating a moment of pure delight with every use.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s something special about homemade strawberry sauce. Knowing that it’s crafted with care using quality ingredients brings a sense of authenticity and satisfaction. It’s not just a topping; it’s a labor of love that enhances the overall enjoyment of your meals and treats.

Ingredient need for Strawberry Sauce

  • Fresh Strawberries: The star of the show, fresh strawberries bring natural sweetness, vibrant color, and a burst of fruity flavor to the sauce.
  • Granulated Sugar: A sweetener that enhances the natural sweetness of strawberries, balancing the tartness and creating a luscious syrup.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a touch of acidity to brighten the flavor of the sauce, complementing the sweetness of the strawberries.
  • Cornstarch: Acts as a thickening agent to give the sauce a smooth, velvety consistency, perfect for drizzling or spreading.
  • Water: Helps create a syrupy base for the sauce and aids in dissolving the sugar and thickening agents.
  • Vanilla Extract: Infuses a subtle depth of flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile of the strawberry sauce.

How to clean fresh strawberries

If you are using fresh strawberries, you should always wash them before eating, especially if you are buying them from a farmers’ market or from the grocery store. Unwashed fresh berries or even produce can have dirt or pesticide residue on the fruit’s skin. Here are a few different methods for cleaning your fresh strawberries.

  • Simple sink rinse: This is a simple and quick way to wash your strawberries. Place your strawberries in a colander and run them under cold water. Rub each strawberry gently to remove any dirt that might be sticking to your delicious strawberry. Pat your strawberries dry with a paper towel, and they are ready to use in any recipe for the strawberry sauce, strawberry rhubarb pie, or strawberry cobbler.
  • Vinegar wash: If you are buying your strawberries from a grocery store, they are probably commercially produced and will be sprayed with pesticides. The best way to clean the pesticides off of the strawberries is to soak them in vinegar. Mix four parts water with one part vinegar and then let it soak for 20 minutes. Then rinse the strawberries with cold water to clean off the vinegar and pat dry.
  • Baking soda rinse: Sometimes you might not have vinegar on hand. You can soak your strawberries in baking soda and water. Add one teaspoon of baking soda to four cups of water and let it soak for five minutes, and then rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  • Saltwater rinse: Using salt water to clean your strawberries works really well for fruit flues that like the inside of organic fruit. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in every cup of warm water you’re using. Allow the water to cool completely and then soak for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Strawberries being washed

How to Make Strawberry Sauce

This recipe is great because it comes together in about 10 minutes and is a chunkier-style strawberry sauce. I will make it while I’m making waffles or pancakes, and it will be ready before the pancakes are done.

  • Mix the cornstarch and water together until it is combined (don’t want any lumps in the strawberry sauce).
  • Place strawberries into a medium saucepan and mash a little bit with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. This will help release the wonderful strawberry juice and help it break down.
  • Add in your corn-starch slurry with your strawberries
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. You will find it starts to thicken quickly.
  • Remove from the heat and allow strawberries to cool


  • Balsamic Strawberry Sauce: Introduce complexity by incorporating balsamic vinegar, creating a sweet and tangy fusion that pairs exceptionally well with desserts, salads, or even as a glaze for grilled meats.
  • Mint-Infused Strawberry Sauce: Elevate your sauce with finely chopped fresh mint, imparting a refreshing and herbaceous note that adds a delightful contrast to the sweetness. Ideal for desserts and summer beverages.
  • Spiced Strawberry Sauce: Infuse your sauce with a hint of warmth by adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or a dash of black pepper. Perfect for cozying up desserts, oatmeal, or even as a unique topping for savory dishes.
  • Citrus Burst Strawberry Sauce: Enhance the citrusy notes by incorporating orange or lime zest along with the juice. This variation adds a bright and zesty kick, making it a versatile companion for breakfast items and tropical-inspired desserts.
  • Berry Medley Sauce: Combine strawberries with other berries like blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a vibrant and diverse sauce bursting with mixed berry goodness. Ideal for topping pancakes, ice cream, or as a fruity swirl in yogurt.
  • Champagne or Rose Strawberry Sauce: Elevate your sauce to a sophisticated level by simmering strawberries in champagne or rosé wine. This variation adds a touch of elegance, making it a superb accompaniment to desserts served on special occasions.
  • Chili-lime Strawberry Sauce: Infuse a hint of heat by adding finely chopped chili peppers and a squeeze of lime juice. This bold variation is perfect for adventurous palates, enhancing the sauce’s versatility in both sweet and savory dishes.
Strawberry sauce with lime-chili

Tips and suggestions

  • Choose Ripe Strawberries: Select fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor. Look for berries that are bright red, plump, and fragrant. The ripeness of the strawberries greatly influences the overall taste of your sauce.
  • Balance Sweetness and Tartness: Taste your strawberries before starting and adjust the amount of sugar accordingly. Some berries may be sweeter or more tart, so adapting the sugar content ensures a balanced and delightful sweetness.
  • Add a Flavor Enhancer: Elevate the flavor profile by incorporating complementary ingredients. Consider vanilla extract, balsamic vinegar, or citrus zest to add depth and complexity to your strawberry sauce.
  • Don’t Forget the Lemon Juice: A splash of lemon juice not only enhances the strawberry flavor but also helps preserve the sauce’s vibrant red color. It adds a subtle brightness that balances the sweetness.
  • Thicken Wisely: Use cornstarch or arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce. Mix the thickening agent with a small amount of water before adding it to the strawberries to prevent lumps. Gradually add it while stirring to achieve the desired consistency.
  • Storage Tips: Store your strawberry sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It can also be frozen for longer storage. Make larger batches during strawberry season and freeze portions for future use.
  • Gift or Share: Homemade strawberry sauce makes a delightful gift. Consider packaging it in decorative jars with personalized labels for a thoughtful and tasty present.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store homemade strawberry sauce?

If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, homemade strawberry sauce can typically last for about 1 to 2 weeks. For longer storage, consider freezing it in portions.

Can I use frozen strawberries to make strawberry sauce?

Absolutely! Frozen strawberries work well for making strawberry sauce. Just ensure they are thawed before use, and you may need to adjust the sugar content based on the sweetness of the berries.

How can I make a sugar-free version of strawberry sauce?

You can substitute sugar with a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit sweetener. Adjust the quantity based on your preferred level of sweetness.

Why is my strawberry sauce too runny or too thick?

Achieving the right consistency depends on the cooking time and the amount of thickening agent used. Adjust these factors to reach your desired thickness. If it’s too thick, you can add a bit of water or fruit juice to reach the desired consistency.
strawberry sauce

Strawberry Sauce

This strawberry sauce is easy with just 3 ingredients you will have a great sauce to go over pancakes, ice cream, or cheesecake
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 53 kcal


  • 1 sauce pan


  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • ½ lemon zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • Whisk the cornstarch and water together until all the cornstarch has dissolved. I just mix it with a fork in a small measuring cup and its quick and easy
  • Put strawberries into a saucepan and break up some of the fruit using a wooden spoon or spatula. you don't want to mash them too much you still want to have a chunky mixture.
  • Bring it to a simmer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. After 5 minutes, remove pan from the heat and allow to cool. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
  • You can serve it warm or allow it too cool and refrigerate for up to a week.
Keyword sauce, strawberry
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