Strawberry Sauce Recipe (Strawberry Topping)

There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping!

There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. Adding a few spoons of this glossy fresh strawberry topping will make any dessert feel fancier. This is a great recipe to have in your arsenal for entertaining or to make your family’s eyes light up as you spoon it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

This strawberry topping is completely wonderful over pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! This is our favorite and easiest way to make strawberry sauce. The lemon juice balances the sweetness and makes the strawberry flavor more pronounced. Truth be told, it’s dangerously addictive stuff – consider yourself warned ;).

We’re using this sauce in our next recipe post so I hope you are all kinds of excited!!

There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping!

Make-Ahead Tip: You can make this strawberry topping 1 to 3 days in advance, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

1 lb Strawberries, rinsed, hulled and thickly sliced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice (from 1/2 Lemon)

How to Make Easy Strawberry Sauce:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine sliced strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Place over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. The strawberries will release juice without any mashing required.
There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping!

2. Reduce heat and simmer 20-23 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Keep in mind sauce will thicken up slightly as it cools and even more after refrigeration.

Pro Tip: Do not blend strawberries before cooking. I have tested coarsely blending strawberries in a food processor and even though they taste great, the color of the sauce was foggy and not glossy as shown in the photos above. We had best results with slicing strawberries by hand.

There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping!

It really is as good as it looks – bursting with fresh strawberry flavor!

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Strawberry Sauce Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Calories: 50 kcal
Servings: 8 or 1 1/2 cups Strawberry Sauce

Ingredients

Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Strawberries rinsed, hulled and thickly sliced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice from 1/2 Lemon

Instructions

How to Make Strawberry Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sliced strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Strawberries will release juice without any mashing required.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 20-23 min or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Keep in mind sauce will thicken up slightly as it cools and even more with refrigeration.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Potassium 86mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 41.3%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping!

I hope this becomes your new favorite strawberry topping. Let me know how you serve your strawberry sauce. Or maybe it’s just you with a spoon in your hand? Remember I called this dangerous for a reason!

There is no rival for homemade strawberry sauce. It has just 3 ingredients and this is the easiest strawberry sauce recipe. This strawberry sauce is completely wonderful over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pie, cheesecake, this trifle, you name it! Excellent homemade strawberry topping! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Lorraine
    December 5, 2018

    Nutrition Facts
    Strawberry Sauce Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 50
    % Daily Value*
    Potassium 86mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 11g
    Vitamin A 0.1%
    Vitamin C 41.3%
    Calcium 0.9%
    Iron 1.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    This your Nutrition Data for this Sauce, but I do not see what constitutes a Serving? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2018

      Hi Lorraine, “Servings: 8 or 1 1/2 cups Strawberry Sauce” is posted near the ingredient list. I hope this helps 🙂 Reply

  • Andi Dickie
    November 18, 2018

    I mix it in to my instant oatmeal packet! Great way to prolong the shelf life of strawberries! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2018

      That’s a great idea!! Reply

  • Elena
    November 9, 2018

    Hi Natasha
    Love everything about your recipes
    And your fun to watch too.
    One question with the sauce its not quite as vibrant colour as yours.
    Any suggestions? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2018

      It may be due to the berry sort. Was it previously frozen? Reply

  • Mary
    September 19, 2018

    I made this sauce and never got so many compliments! How many days after making it can I keep it in the fridge?
    Thank-you I love your videos. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 19, 2018

      Hi Mary! I have stored it max 4 days and it was still great but I haven’t tested it beyond that.Freezing it should work just fine. Reply

  • Devetta Ridgwell
    September 12, 2018

    This is the yummiest sauce!!!! First time I made it was yesterday to put over a strawberry cake. My brother and his family demolished both … I had no leftovers! But everyone raved about the sauce and said they could eat it on its own! I’ve never seen so many people lick their plates at once! 😄 So I’ve made it again today for dessert at my aunt’s. No doubt I’ll get the same reaction. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s plate licking good! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2018

      Hi Devetta! Thank you so much for this amazing review!! You are the best! 🙂 Reply

  • Liam
    September 11, 2018

    I tried so many different recipies and this one was by far the best, it’s goes perfectly with pancakes! It’s also so easy; thank you so much for this great recipie! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2018

      Wow! Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that!! Thank you for this great review, Liam! Reply

  • CoodahGirl
    August 11, 2018

    We’re having a party soon and are planning on having a self-serve ice cream bar where everyone can choose their toppings. This is the first recipe that I tried for making the strawberry sauce, and it is beyond fabulous!! Thank you so much for posting this … you are going to make me look good!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 11, 2018

      I’m happy I could help! Thank you for sharing your great review with us! Reply

  • Steph
    July 5, 2018

    Hi, just wondering how long this would last in the fridge or could I freeze it? I have a bunch of strawberries to use up! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2018

      I have stored it max 4 days and it was still great but I haven’t tested it beyond that.Freezing it should work just fine. Reply

  • Kathy
    June 30, 2018

    Would you do a hot water bath to store the extra sauce Reply

    • Natasha
      June 30, 2018

      Hi Kathy, I haven’t tried canning these for shelf storage so I’m not sure. I think it could work though! Reply

  • Helyn
    April 27, 2018

    In a word….superb!
    I might be almost useless in the kitchen if not for you. 😀 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 27, 2018

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes Helyn! Thanks for following and sharing your encouraging comments! 🙂 Reply

      • Helyn
        April 30, 2018

        My honour and pleasure! However, one concern…. this recipe should automatically be tripled in my humble opinion.. 🙂 otherwise, just a teaser… it’s that good. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          April 30, 2018

          LOL! I’m glad you love it that much Helyn! 🙂 Reply

  • Taqwim
    April 25, 2018

    Is it necessary to halve the strawberries? I’m planning on putting this on a Victoria sponge cake, and I LOVE the way my strawberries look whole!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 26, 2018

      Hi Taqwim, it should still work to use whole strawberries. 🙂 Reply

  • Ambika Sood
    February 21, 2018

    Hi Natasha, could I add some gelatine to it to work as a topping for a cheesecake? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 21, 2018

      Hi Ambika, you would need to change the method a little bit if using gelatin but gelatin isn’t necessary here since strawberries release enough natural pectin on their own as they simmer. I would suggest simmering an extra couple of minutes if you want it to thicken up more and it would be delicious over a cheesecake 🙂 Reply

  • Thomas Mercks
    February 14, 2018

    Wow. What a reminder of many happy days in the home of my youth. When strawberries were in season, my mom always made strawberry shortcake. She bought whipped cream and those little sponge cake cups at the store, and used this sauce to make the dessert. I still do it for my family today. In my mind, this just cannot be beat. I would call it comfort food to the extreme. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2018

      Yes, I’m glad to hear the recipe brings back such fond memories! Thanks for sharing Thomas! Reply

  • Louise
    February 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Love your recipes, I am making an atomic cake someday and would like to use this strawberry recipe for one of the layers of the cake, how can I thicken this up a bit so it won’t run off? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 13, 2018

      Hi Louise, that sounds like a fun project! You could make this thicker, just cook it down few extra minutes, until it reaches desired thickness. Reply

  • Margaret
    February 11, 2018

    I want to use this recipe on scones with clotted cream, would this recipe be thick enough for that purpose. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 11, 2018

      Hi Margaret, yes, it could work, just cook it down few extra minutes, until it reaches desired thickness. Reply

  • Sandy
    February 8, 2018

    Can this be frozen after making? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2018

      Hi Sandy, I haven’t tried freezing it but I think it could work well. Reply

  • Anna Kharlamov
    February 7, 2018

    Can I use raspberries instead? I really want to find a good raspberry sauce to pour over cream cheese Rangoons. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Anna, I think that would still work with raspberries. You may need a little less cooking time. This is our go-to raspberry sauce, but if you wanted a little more texture, I think raspberries are worth experimenting with! 🙂 Reply

  • Leslie
    February 7, 2018

    Can this be made with frozen strawberries? I have a huge bag in my freezer…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Leslie, that should work with frozen strawberries, just cook the sauce to the desired consistency. Sometimes frozen can give off more juice so it may take slightly longer to cook. Reply

  • Liya
    February 7, 2018

    It looks amazing, do u know how long it can be stored ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Liya, I have stored it max 4 days and it was still great but I haven’t tested it beyond that. Reply

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    February 7, 2018

    Awww, I’m swooning over this! I still think the best recipes are the simplest ones that I can actually do with my limiting cooking and baking skills. Strawberries are my weight loss secret, when I have a huge desire to eat a whole chocolate cake, I substitute a strawberry based recipe and it usually satisfies!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2018

      I hope you love it Laura! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Vicky
    February 6, 2018

    Wow Natasha, you read my mind! I open up your page (my daily routine for great recipes) to see if you had a recipe for a strawberry topping for pancakes tomorrow, and that’s the first thing I see! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes with us. May God bless you and your sweet family. Can’t wait to try this. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2018

      My pleasure Vicky! Now that’s what I call perfect timing, lol. Thanks for following and please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Olga
    February 6, 2018

    I make the same way wild blueberries or mixed berries or strawberries…just without lemon juice😍so delicious. We use these with buttermilk pancakes or crepes😋 and wipping cream… Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Yum, that sounds delicious Olga! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Patty
    February 6, 2018

    Mmmm. So good # Reply

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