Homemade Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

Make homemade strawberry topping sauce for your desserts or breakfast using fresh strawberries with this simple 10 minute recipe. When strawberries aren’t in season, use frozen strawberries instead.

strawberry sauce dessert topping in glass jar

After publishing no bake cheesecake jars, I figured a completely separate post for the strawberry topping sauce would be appreciated! I actually made a triple batch of it last week when strawberries were on mega sale and froze the sauce in freezer tupperwares. (Freezes and thaws like a dream!)

But this strawberry dessert topping has actually been an essential for years, pairing with everything like pound cake, cheesecake, ice cream, and strawberry french toast casserole. I have plenty more suggestions below and yes, this stuff is totally acceptable at breakfast!

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Strawberry Topping

  • 5 simple ingredients
  • 10 minutes
  • Nothing artificial
  • No preservatives
  • Made from real strawberries
  • Supremely versatile

strawberry sauce dessert topping in glass jar

Isn’t this jar cute?!

What You Need

  1. Fresh or frozen strawberries: Hulled & halved.
  2. Cornstarch + water: Mix the two to create a slurry. Without mixing with water, the cornstarch will leave white chunks in your strawberry sauce.
  3. Lemon juice + zest: Keeps the flavor bright. The sauce won’t taste like lemon, I promise!
  4. Sugar: Just enough to sweeten the sauce without taking away from the strawberry’s natural flavor.

I include a strawberry compote recipe with my brown butter pound cake. This strawberry topping sauce is almost identical, but I use a little less cornstarch here. Today’s strawberry sauce is on the thicker side, but it’s not quite as thick as the compote. The compote is closer to a jam consistency.

washed fresh strawberries

How to Make Strawberry Sauce

This strawberry sauce cooks on the stove in about 10 minutes.

  1. Mix the cornstarch and water together.
  2. Place everything, including the cornstarch mixture, into a medium saucepan. Mash the strawberries a bit with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. This helps the release the juices and cooks down the strawberries.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and allow strawberry sauce to cool.

This is a chunkier style strawberry sauce, providing wonderful texture to no bake cheesecake, waffles, biscuits, and so much more. But the amount of strawberry chunks is up to you. For less chunks, mash up the strawberries a little more as the sauce cooks.

strawberry sauce in saucepan

Prefer a chunk-free sauce? For no strawberry chunks, blend the finished sauce in a blender until you reach your desired consistency.

strawberry sauce topping

strawberry dessert topping on ice cream

Endless Uses for Strawberry Topping!

What will you use it for?!

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strawberry sauce dessert topping in glass jar

Homemade Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries in this versatile strawberry topping sauce. This topping is fresh, quick, & easy and gives desserts that little something extra!


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) warm water
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced in half (you can use frozen; don’t thaw)
  • zest and juice from 1/2 lemon*
  • 1/4 cup (50ggranulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Whisk the cornstarch and water together until all the cornstarch has dissolved. (I just use a fork to mix– very easy.)
  2. Place the cornstarch mixture, along with the rest of the ingredients, into a small saucepan over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir the mixture as it cooks. Break up some of the strawberries as you stir.
  3. 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.
  4. You can serve the sauce warm before it cools completely if desired, or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Strawberry topping will be thick after refrigeration, so microwave for 15 seconds or warm on the stove to thin out, if desired.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: After the strawberry sauce cools completely, freeze in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3-6 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator. Warm up in the microwave or on the stove, if desired.
  2. Strawberries: You need a 1 pound carton of strawberries, which is 16 oz, 3-4 cups, or 450g.
  3. Other berries: You can substitute other berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries for the strawberries with no other changes to the recipe. Cherries work too– pit and halve them first. If the berries are extra sweet, feel free to reduce down to 3 Tablespoons of sugar.
  4. Lemon: Lemon brightens the flavor of the strawberry topping. You need about 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Feel free to skip the lemon zest if needed.
  5. Chunks: The amount of strawberry chunks is up to you. For less chunks, mash up the strawberries a little more as the sauce cooks. For no strawberry chunks, blend the finished sauce in a blender until you reach your desired consistency.

Keywords: strawberries

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  1. Sally, this recipe is amazing and so easy to make! I have some strawberries that I grow lately in my greenhouse, fortunately I have it so I can grow what I want and whenever I want! I have grown tresca variety, do you think that it will be also good for making this sauce? I grown it from seeds that I bought. They are quite sweet so I think that even there is a small amount of sugar I will limit it a bit. Thank you again for this recipe, it is amazing!

    1. That sound amazing to grow your own in your greenhouse! If you enjoy eating a particular type of strawberry, then you will enjoy it in this sauce. You can absolutely reduce the sugar if they are already super sweet. Enjoy 🙂

  2. okay, just made this last night. so so so good! instead of 1/4 sugar i did 1/8 splenda because my parents are diabetic and i wanted them to enjoy! also, didn’t have a lemon so I used lime juice. Easy and tasty!

  3. Great recipe!! Didnt realize it was so easy to make. My husband use to buy these strawberry cups (frozen) from Costco but one day…no more! He used it on my oatmeal in the mornings. This guy does not cook one bit! I taught him how to make it and since hes up earlier than me he makes it and I enjoyed not making breakfast. Ever since, the cups were gone so were the oatmeal in the mornings! 🙁 Now I can make my own strawberry sauce Im getting him to make breakfast again haha! But after I made batches of this sauce we have been using it on everything but oatmeal….milkshakes, ice cream..etc this is just adding to my quarantine diet..

  4. This was so easy to put together and tasted great both warm and cold! My 7 year old and I poured this sauce on our muffin tin Dutch babies. The Dutch baby recipe may have said it was 4-6 servings and, thanks to this amazing sauce, we did not have any leftovers. Thank you! My son has requested that I make this sauce for everything from now on! 🙂

  5. I LOVE this recipe!!! Made it twice this week so far. I really like citrusy flavors so I added another teaspoon of lemon juice, and it is absolutely perfect for waffles. Thank you so so so much!!!

  6. I am wondering if I would get the same result if I used frozen strawberries.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

  7. Wonderful recipe using the bounty of fresh strawberries! The sweetness of the strawberries is enhanced–not overpowered–by the lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar.

  8. Loved your recipe. I had some Strawberries that got pushed to the back of the refrigerator and needed some love. This recipe was just perfect to give them a second chance. I love that the sauce wasn’t that sickly sweet stuff you get from a jar. We enjoyed it over ice cream and some on waffles. Going to make more….thanks

  9. Hey! I want to make this for my mothers birthday which is next week, so I was wondering How long this lasts in the fridge so that I can make it in advance??

  10. Hi, can you top a 9 by 13 version of your strawberry cake with this sauce or will it mess up the cake frosting?

  11. It sounds great I haven”t made it yet. I was wondering if you can can this in jars. I would rather not freeze it. Anyone try freezing?

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