Homemade Strawberry Sauce

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A quick & easy recipe for Homemade Strawberry Sauce! This is a great way to use up fresh summer strawberries. I include plenty of tips for making your sauce thinner or thicker and glossier, too!

Looking for some more great recipes to use up fresh strawberries? Check out this Strawberry Tart, Strawberry Pie, and Strawberry Lemonade for more refreshing treats!

It’s finally strawberry season! Whether you pick them yourself or just pick them up from the grocery store, these sweet ripe berries are in their prime and available everywhere. Today I’m showing you a great and easy way to use up fresh strawberries in this bright and juicy homemade strawberry sauce!

How to Make Strawberry Sauce?

  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and lemon juice in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the strawberries release their juices and the mixture is liquidy (about 5 minutes or so).
  3. Bring to a boil and cook at a boil for one minute.
  4. Reduce heat and continue to cook until mixture is thickened, but keep in mind that your strawberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Serve! Strawberry sauce is always best served warm (at least in my opinion!)

What To Eat With Strawberry Sauce?

Strawberry sauce is good on just about anything, even (especially?) eating straight from the jar. Some of my favorite sauce companions include serving it warm over pound cake or angel food cake, pouring over over buttermilk pancakes or French Toast, or just even enjoying by the spoonful!

Tips for Making Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry sauce is incredibly easy, but I do have a few tips that will hopefully make the process even simpler for you!

  • The cornstarch is optional. I love it because it speeds up the process of thickening the sauce and yields a lush, glossy sauce in a matter of minutes. If you leave out the cornstarch, you won’t get the same thick sauce and it will take a lot longer to thicken the everything properly (think closer to 20 minutes rather than 5).
  • This sauce will continue to thicken once it’s finished cooking as it cools. Keep this in mind while judging whether your sauce is finished or not; when you take it off the stovetop it should be a bit thinner than you want the finished product to be.
  • Accidentally cook your sauce too long and make it too thick? No fear, you’re not stuck with strawberry jam! Simply add a Tablespoon or two more water with the heat on low and cook until the water is nicely combined and the sauce is smooth.

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Homemade Strawberry Sauce

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A great easy recipe for homemade strawberry sauce!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a medium-sized pot.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently until the berries release their juices and the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool on the counter or in the refrigerator. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Serve over ice cream, on pancakes, or enjoy with any dessert!


You can add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for a much thicker strawberry sauce. Simply add it in with all of the other ingredients and cook as directed.


Serves: 8

Serving2tablespoonsCalories51kcal (3%)Carbohydrates13g (4%)Protein0.4g (1%)Fat0.2gSaturated Fat0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat0.1gMonounsaturated Fat0.03gSodium1mgPotassium89mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar11g (12%)Vitamin A7IUVitamin C34mg (41%)Calcium9mg (1%)Iron0.2mg (1%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry recipe, strawberry sauce
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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