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This homemade strawberry sauce is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor! Serve it cold as a dessert topping over cheesecake or ice cream. Or, warm it up and enjoy it for breakfast over pancakes or waffles. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Whether you want to add a sweet strawberry sauce to your cheesecake, ice cream, strawberry shortcake, or pancakes, this versatile strawberry glaze is the perfect recipe to have on hand. It only requires three ingredients to create a delicious, fruity sauce that you'll want to put on everything!

How to Make Strawberry Sauce

Making homemade strawberry sauce is really easy with just three ingredients: strawberries (fresh or frozen), sugar, and vanilla. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's what you can expect when making this sauce.

Heat the Strawberries, Sugar, and Vanilla

In a saucepan, heat the strawberries, sugar, and vanilla until a juice begins to form. Mash a few strawberries with a wooden spoon to produce a syrup. Cook until the sauce thickens.

Blend the Sauce

Transfer ⅓ of the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the puree back to the sauce for the perfect smooth and chunky consistency. 

If you want a smooth sauce, you can blend the entire mixture until all the strawberry chunks are gone.

How to Thicken Strawberry Sauce

The easiest way to thicken strawberry sauce is to simmer it for longer. The longer you allow it to heat on the stove, the more moisture will evaporate. 

If your sauce isn't thickening on the stove, or you don't have the time to let it simmer longer, you can add a cornstarch slurry to thicken it. Combine one part cornstarch to two parts water, then slowly add it into the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency. 

How to Serve Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry sauce tastes delicious over most desserts and even breakfast foods. Let you imagination run wild, or try one of these delicious recipes:

How to Store Strawberry Sauce

Store strawberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can serve it warm or cold. 

The sauce may thicken more in the fridge, so if it's too thick to pour straight out of the fridge, you may want to warm it up in the microwave or on the stove.

How Long Does Strawberry Sauce Last in the Fridge?

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, strawberry sauce should last about one week.

How to Freeze Strawberry Sauce

If you want to make a big batch of strawberry sauce and freeze some for easy use, here's how: Store completely cool strawberry sauce in airtight containers or zip-top freezer bags. Freeze for up to three months (freeze the zip-top bags flat). Thaw in the fridge overnight, then serve warm or cold.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This turned out very well! Served it with Chantal's New York Cheesecake from this site! Did exactly what the recipe called for & threw in some extra chopped fresh berries at the end for a more bountiful berry effect. Good on ice cream too," says DonsAvocados.

"Not too sweet....PERFECT! I followed the recipe as it says and it tastes amazing! My first time making this is for cheesecake topping but I know I will be making this again soon," raves ckrutis.

"Very simple and really good, I smashed all the strawberries instead of pureeing but that was just because I didn't want to get the blender dirty," according to Gianina.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink

Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine strawberries, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture sizzles and juice begins to form.

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  • Continue stirring; mash a few strawberries with a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula to help produce the syrup. Cook until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • Transfer 1/3 of the strawberry sauce to a blender. Cover and hold the lid down with a potholder while you puree the mixture.

  • Add pureed mixture back into the remaining sauce and stir until blended.

Nutrition Facts

96 calories; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 23.7g; fat 0.3g; sodium 1mg. Full Nutrition
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