Homemade strawberry sauce in a white bowl on a plate surrounded by whole strawberries
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Strawberry Sauce

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If you are a strawberry lover like me you will really like this strawberry sauce recipe or compote. It is sweet and bursting with strawberry flavor.

Tired of always putting maple syrup on your pancakes or waffles? Use this amazing fruit sauce. Kick that homemade cheesecake up a notch by spreading this on it.

There are so many different dessert recipes and breakfast recipes that you can use this homemade strawberry sauce on. And it is super easy to make. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Strawberries and other sauce ingredients in bowls on top of a wooden table.

In order to make this delicious strawberry sauce you need just a few ingredients:

  • Strawberries – The star of the dish.
  • White granulated sugar
  • Orange juice or lemon juice
  • Water – I always used filtered water.
  • Cornstarch

Step 2: How to make this strawberry sauce

Strawberries, sugar, and orange juice in a pot on a wooden table.

Begin by washing the whole strawberries. Cut the green tops off and then slice them into quarters and place them in a medium sauce pot.

Next, add in the white granulated sugar and the lemon or orange juice. If you want an extra punch of flavor add the zest from one orange or one lemon as well.

Step 3: Cook the sauce

Medium pot with cut strawberries and sugar on a white stovetop

Set the stovetop burner to medium head and then place the pot of strawberry mixture on the burner. Stir the mixture occasionally with a spoon, to keep it from burning. The sugar will melt and the strawberries will start to break down.

Hand pouring a bowl of cornstarch into a pot of strawberry sauce.

After about 5 minutes of cooking and stirring the strawberry sauce will be runny. Time to thicken it up. Take a small bowl and mix together the cornstarch and the water. Then pour that into the sauce.

Step 4: Finish the strawberry topping sauce

Strawberry sauce cooking in a pot on a stovetop.

Next, just keep heating and stirring the sauce for a few more minutes until the cornstarch works its magic and the sauce thickens up.

Now the sauce is done! Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. It can be used like this with strawberry chunks, or if you want it to be nice and smooth, add it to a blender.

Homemade strawberry sauce being poured into a white bowl onto a table.

I normally pour the sauce into a nice little serving bowl so it is more presentable. But it can be left in the pot, especially if you don’t plan on blending it. About fifty percent of the time I will blend it and the other fifty I leave it chunky.

This strawberry sauce is so yummy on pancakes, waffles, crepes, cheesecake, ice cream, and so many other dishes. Enjoy!

How to store this strawberry sauce topping?

Once the sauce cools completely, you can store it covered in the refrigerator for about a week. It will get even thicker when chilled. All you need to do is just heat it up for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave to serve. You may also freeze it for 4 to 5 months.

Can I use less sugar in this sauce?

Yes! You can reduce the sugar all the way to 1/4 cup if you desire, if it winds up being too sweet for you.

Homemade strawberry sauce in a white bowl on a plate surrounded by whole strawberries
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Easy Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

I love strawberries they are my favorite fruit. This easy homemade strawberry sauce topping is my favorite thing to put on pancakes, waffles, crepes, popovers, and cheesecake. It is so yummy and easy to make. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Cooling time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Ingredient, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chunky, compote, fruit, fruity, smooth, strawberries, sweet
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • pot
  • spoon
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Fork


  • 1 lb. of strawberries 454g
  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar 200g (may reduce to as much as 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice or orange juice 30mL
  • 2 Tbsp. of water 30mL
  • 1 tsp. of corn starch 5g (to help thicken up the sauce)


  • Wash and cut off the tops of the strawberries then quarter them and place them in a medium saucepot.
  • Add the sugar and orange or lemon juice to the pot. If you would like a less sweet strawberry sauce you can reduce the sugar all the way up to 1/4 cup. I recommend making it as is first and then adjust from there.
  • Heat the sauce on medium heat stirring occasionally. After about 5 minutes of heating and stirring it will the sugar will be melted and the strawberries will have broken down a little. The sauce will be very runny.
  • In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and the water. Then pour that into the sauce. This will thicken it up.
  • Keep stirring and heating until the sauce thickens. Another 5 to 10 minutes. Once it is to your desired thickness, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. As it cools it will get a little thicker.
  • The sauce is ready to be used. You can leave it fairly chunky as is, or place it in a blender and blend it up smooth. Serve it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. Enjoy!


How to Make Strawberry Sauce or Compote for pancakes, waffles, crepes, etc.


The nutritional facts will vary depending on how much you use. This is based on a total of 8 servings. And if you use less sugar the total calories will go down.
List of nutritional facts for homemade strawberry sauce
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Calories: 117kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    We have a lot of Strawberry Sauce at home. I can’t wait to try your recipe and check which one is better. It’s easy to follow though.

  2. 5 stars
    Strawberry and raspberry sauces are my absolute favorites–is it bad that I put them on pretty much all of my desserts?!?!

  3. I never even thought about making strawberry sauce. I went strawberry picking and still have some to make this.

  4. 5 stars
    This looks really easy to make! My kids love strawberry sauce so I’m definitely making this!

  5. 5 stars
    My family and I absolutely adore this strawberry sauce and it’s so easy to make!

  6. Yum! This looks so tempting. My daughter loves strawberry topping on her vanilla ice-cream. I am going to try out this recipe as it is healthier as compared to the ones we get in supermarket.

  7. 5 stars
    This is an absolutely awesome recipe. I just love strawberry and this strawberry sauce is absolute delight for people like me. I will definitely try this at home.

  8. 5 stars
    Ooh! What a delight! Can’t wait to give this a try. I think it would go well as a cheesecake topping too!

  9. This strawberry sauce looks so yummy and I’m sure it would be wonderful on pancakes or toast or just about anything! I’d love to try and make this!

  10. 5 stars
    I am going to make this and then cover a HUGE bowl of vanilla ice cream with it! Boom!

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious! I try it and it is so good. All my family loved it, the new breakfast star on the house haha.

  12. 5 stars
    I think my kids would devour this, they love strawberry sauce on so many things! This will be fun to make with them!

  13. 5 stars
    Perfect topping for all the summer dessert we love! Thanks for the recipe, Matt!

  14. 5 stars
    I made this as a waffle topping, and it was so delicious! Thank you for the easy recipe!

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