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Homemade strawberry topping is the best addition to your desserts or breakfasts! Using fresh strawberries, this simple recipe only takes about 10 minutes! You can also make this with frozen strawberries!

Homemade strawberry topping is the best addition to your desserts or breakfasts! Using fresh strawberries , this simple recipe only takes about 10 minutes! You can also make this with frozen strawberries!
small mason jar with strawberry topping surrounded by strawberries

Adding a few spoonfuls of this delicious strawberry topping will help any dessert feel fancier! Perfect to add to a bowl of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or use it in a recipe like strawberry shortcake ice cream.

This is a great recipe to have stashed in your fridge. It is so much better than what you can buy at the store.

small mason jar with strawberry topping surrounded by strawberries

Loaded with great strawberry flavor, this simple sauce is irresistible and delicious! A perfect topping for just about anything (think waffles, cakes, ice cream, or more!). 

What is so great about this is you can make it with fresh or frozen strawberries! When in season, fresh strawberries are a great choice! But you can make this strawberry topping recipe all year long, too! Frozen strawberries are frozen at the peak of season, so they have great flavor, too. Just thaw them out before using them.

What you need:

This recipe is so awesome because there are so few ingredients. For the full list of ingredients and directions, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

  • Strawberries – fresh, in season berries or frozen and thawed. Either works fine!
  • Cornstarch – helps to thicken the sauce quicker (so you don’t have to simmer it for hours)
  • Lemon juice – keeps the flavor bright. There isn’t enough to really taste the lemon, it just helps bring out the best strawberry flavor.
  • Water – helps to break down the strawberries without burning the natural sugars
  • Sugar – sweetens the sauce without it being overpoweringly sweet.
strawberries being cut on wooden cutting board

How to make strawberry sauce:

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Scrub the limes really well to make sure they are nice and clean.
  2. Cut the limes into pieces to make it easier for the blender.
  3. Combine half the lime pieces, half the sugar, and half the water in the blender and pulse for 10 seconds until the limes are well broken down, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Repeat with the remaining limes, sugar, and water.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a pitcher and then stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Storage Informaton

This limeade will store well

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries. 
  2. Cut the strawberries into quarters and divide in half. 
  3. Take one half of the berries and dice them into smaller pieces. Reserve these for adding back to the sauce after cooking.
  4. Place half of the strawberries into a medium sized saucepan.
  5. Add the sugar and use a potato masher to smash the berries a bit to help break them down.
  6. Add the water, lemon juice, and cornstarch and stir.
  7. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for 5-8 minutes. The sauce will thicken.
  8. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining strawberries and the salt, and allow to cool.
  9. When cool, place in a glass jar with an airtight lid.

Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for a week.

cooking strawberry sauce in saucepan

How do you use this sauce?

This sauce is amazing to add to so many recipes! Try it:

The possibilities are endless!

two bowls of ice cream topped with strawberry sauce and jar of sauce in background

Can I change the texture of strawberry sauce?

Yeah! How chunky the sauce is depends on you. If you want the sauce to be more chunky, don’t mash the berries as much. If you want the sauce to have less chunks, you can mash all the berries the beginning of the recipe (instead of reserving half for later).

bowl of ice cream with strawberry topping

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Strawberry Topping Recipe

Homemade strawberry topping is the best addition to your desserts or breakfasts! Using fresh strawberries , this simple recipe only takes about 10 minutes! You can also make this with frozen strawberries!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries divided
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Wash and hull the strawberries. 2 cups strawberries
  • Cut the strawberries into quarters and divide in half.
  • Take one half of the berries and dice them into smaller pieces. Reserve these for adding back to the sauce after cooking.
  • Place half of the strawberries into a medium sized saucepan.
  • Add the sugar and use a potato masher to smash the berries a bit to help break them down. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the water, lemon juice, and cornstarch and stir. 1/4 cup water 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for 5-8 minutes. The sauce will thicken.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the remaining strawberries and the salt, and allow to cool (this takes about 15 minutes or so). 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • When cool, place in a glass jar with an airtight lid.

Notes

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g
5 from 2 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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