If you're looking for a delicious and versatile topping for your desserts, look no further than this homemade strawberry sauce! Made with fresh strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice, this sauce is the perfect addition to add to the top off ice cream, pancakes, waffles, and more!
This is an incredibly easy to make. It's ready fast and can be stored in the freezer for future use. So why settle for store-bought when you can whip up a batch of this delicious homemade strawberry sauce in no time?
Check out this family favorite breakfast idea and recipe with freezing tips included.
What makes this homemade fruit-filled sauce so special? For starters, you can control the sweetness level to your liking, plus you know exactly what ingredients are going into it.
The benefits of making homemade strawberry sauce are that you can control the ingredients, sweetness level, and texture.
Check out the recipe notes and variations following the step-by-step photos for any possible substitutions and freezing tips so you can enjoy this homemade sauce any time of year.
Table of Contents
- 👩🍳Recipe Notes
- 🛒Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Substitutions and Variations
- 🥣Step-by-Step Instructions
- Bring Sauce to a Boil
- How to Thicken Fruit Sauce
- Before You Begin!
- 🍽 Make it a Meal
- 🍶Storage Tips
- ❄️Freezing Tips
- 🔁 Thawing and Reheating Tips
- ➡️Top Recipe Tip
- Recipe FAQ
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- 📇Recipe Card
- 💬 Comments
- You won't need any special equipment to make this homemade strawberry sauce. Fresh berries work best, but you can use frozen berries as well!
- This recipe calls for breaking up the strawberries using a potato masher. You could also chop the strawberries up into smaller pieces before adding them the saucepan with the other ingredients.
- I like the sauce to have a little texture...it's what makes this recipe stand out from other recipes that are pureed or blended.
- The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or you can freeze the leftovers to use at a later date.
- If you're looking for a thicker, jam-like consistency, try this recipe for Homemade Strawberry Jam.
🛒Helpful Kitchen Tools
This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
Substitutions and Variations
- You can replace the strawberries with any of your favorite fruit.
- If you're looking for a savory sauce, balsamic glaze is an excellent alternative. It can be made by cooking balsamic vinegar and sugar together until it thickens and reduces down to a glaze. Pour this over fresh fruit or cheese!
- Step 1: In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the strawberries with the sugar.
Bring Sauce to a Boil
- Step 2: Using a potato masher, gently begin mashing and crushing the strawberries.
- Step 3: Add the water and orange juice. Stirring gently, bring to a boil.
How to Thicken Fruit Sauce
- Step 4: In a small bowl, combine together the cornstarch and ¼ cup cold water. Gently stir the cornstarch mixture into the strawberries without mashing the berries too much.
- Step 5: Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and add the almond extract and cinnamon.
📌Quick Tip: If the sauce is getting too thick, you can thin it out with a little water or even a few extra teaspoons of orange juice!
Before You Begin!
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🍽 Make it a Meal
- Serve this homemade strawberry sauce over Buttermilk Pancakes, Homemade Waffles or even Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
- For a fun twist, try layering the sauce with homemade yogurt and granola for a delicious breakfast parfait.
- To store fresh homemade strawberry sauce, let it cool to room temperature and transfer it to a clean, airtight container.
- You can keep it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for longer storage. I. When you're ready to use the sauce, thaw it in the fridge overnight or on the countertop at room temperature. Once thawed, give it a good stir to re-incorporate any separated liquids and enjoy!
- Add the leftover sauce to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Make sure to leave a little extra space at the top of the container as the sauce will expand as it freezes.
- Do not freeze the sauce in glass mason jars.
🔁 Thawing and Reheating Tips
- Remove the container from the freezer the night before and allow it to defrost in the refrigerator.
- The next morning, place the desired amount in a microwaveable-safe bowl and warm it up in the microwave.
- Once thawed and reheated, give it a good stir to re-incorporate any separated liquids.
➡️Top Recipe Tip
- This recipe works great with other berries too.
- Try blueberries next and follow my recipe for Homemade Blueberry Sauce.
If your strawberry sauce isn't thickening, it could because it was cooked long enough. Try simmering it for a few more minutes. You might have also used overripe and watery strawberries which could lead to more water in the sauce. Next time, try to choose firmer, less ripe strawberries.
If your homemade strawberry sauce is too thin, you can add a thickening agent like cornstarch or arrowroot powder to help it thicken up. Mix a small amount of cornstarch or arrowroot powder with water and add it to the sauce while it's cooking, stirring constantly until it thickens. Remember, the sauce will also continue to thicken as it cools!
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- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup orange juice
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup cold water
- 3 tablespoon corn starch
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the strawberries, ¼ cup water, orange juice and sugar. Stirring gently, bring to a boil.
- In a small bowl, combine together the cornstarch and ¼ cup cold water. Gently stir the cornstarch mixture into the strawberries without mashing the berries too much.
- Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon; around three to four minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract and cinnamon.
- If the sauce gets too thick, you can thin it out with more water.
- You can substitute whatever berries you have on hand.
- The sauce freezes beautifully. So if you have leftovers, just add them to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2014 with new photos, information and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!