If you're looking for a simple yet delicious way to jazz up your desserts, look no further than strawberry sauce. This sweet and tangy sauce is the perfect topping for everything from ice cream to pancakes, and it's incredibly easy to make at home.
This recipe, as it says in the name, is so easy. Because it’s got just a few steps and a few ingredients, it’s an easy recipe to memorize and have on hand for any time you’re in need of a sauce. It’s also easy to adapt if you want. In this article, we'll share a quick and easy strawberry sauce recipe that's sure to become a staple in your dessert repertoire.
Table of Contents
- Fresh strawberries
- Lemon juice
- Corn starch
Thinly slice strawberries and keep stirring: It’s not necessary to stir the entire time your sauce is cooking (and you definitely shouldn’t be doing that), but you do need to stir occasionally to prevent scorching. This will also help you gauge your sauce’s thickness as it cooks.
What to Serve with Your Strawberry Sauce
The strawberry sauce recipe is one of the most versatile sauces in the food world, and it instantly elevates anything you pair it with, like:
- Cheesecake - A classic cheesecake is tasty enough as is, but when topped with strawberry sauce, it becomes ultra decadent. Try my no-water bath cheesecake recipe for a simple, elegant, tasty dessert pairing.
- Ice cream - A simple scoop of vanilla ice cream will be made anything but boring when adding this strawberry sauce!
- Angel food cake - Angel food cake is often served with a side of strawberries and ice cream, but I think it’s even better when it’s served with strawberry sauce instead. Top your angel food cake with this easy strawberry sauce for a heavenly dessert that’s sinfully simple.
- Fresh strawberries - Though fresh strawberries give this recipe the best flavor, you can use frozen if you’d like. This is an especially good alternative if strawberries aren’t in season.
- Sugar - You need to use a crystallized sugar of some sort - not powdered or superfine - but you have some wiggle room within that parameter. You can use regular granulated sugar like I typically do, but you can also use cane sugar or light or dark brown sugar.
- Lemon juice - I like to use fresh lemon juice, but you can use bottled if it’s easier. Lemon juice is brightening the sauce, but it’s also acting as the recipe’s acid. If you’re out of lemons, you can use another citrus fruit instead, like an orange or a lime.
- Corn starch - You’re using corn starch to make a slurry, so if you don’t have corn starch, you can use flour instead.
My easy strawberry sauce can be adapted to become any type of fruit sauce. Simply use the same ratios and swap for your fruit of choice. Here are some of my favorite fruits to use:
How should I store this sauce?
Store the strawberry sauce in your fridge in an airtight container. It should last about a week.
Can it be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze this sauce. Make sure it’s cooled to room temperature, and transfer it to a freezer-safe, airtight container. Label and date the package and keep it in the freezer for up to six months.
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Easy Strawberry Sauce Recipe
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 20 minutes
1lb fresh strawberries – thinly sliced
½ cup sugar
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs corn starch mixed with 1 tbs water
- In a medium saucepan, add strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
- Add cornstarch and water mixture. Cook for one minute until thickened.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. It will thicken further as it cools.
- If desired, use an immersion blender to blend strawberries.
5. Store in refrigerator.
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