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Homemade strawberry sauce in a white bowl on a plate surrounded by whole strawberries
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5 from 11 votes

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 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
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!



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