Easy Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Strawberry sauce in jar on kitchen counter

The sweet strawberry goodness of this sauce is proof that delicious doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. All you need are five ingredients – six if you count water – and about fifteen minutes to whip it up, and you have a total crowd pleaser.

Bright and glossy, it brings an infusion of strawberry flavor to anything it touches. Thicker than syrup but lighter than jam, it makes any table feel a little more special – weekend breakfast with family, brunch with close friends, or dinner with a big crowd.

It’s perfect for serving over:

Spoon lifting strawberry sauce out of a mason jar.
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Homemade Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

Made with simple ingredients, this quick sauce brings sweet strawberry goodness to everything it touches. It’s thicker than syrup, lighter than jam, and so delicious.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
Course Condiments, Dessert, Desserts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 40kcal
Author Heather Dessinger


  • Potato masher


  • 2 cups hulled fresh strawberries, cut into quarters (Can also use frozen berries that have been thawed enough to cut)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (Or more to taste)
  • tsp vanilla extract (Here's how to make it)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Place strawberries, lemon juice, honey, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan.
  • Use a potato masher to break the strawberries into smaller pieces so that they release their juices. I like chunky sauce and they tend to break down on their own as they cook, so I only mash a little at the beginning and then more if needed toward the end.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to low/medium heat and simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • While the strawberry mixture is simmering, mix together the tapioca starch and water to make a slurry.
  • Once the mixture has simmered for 10 minutes, stir the slurry well and then pour it in. Allow everything to continue simmering for 1-1.5 minutes to thicken the sauce. Break the strawberries into smaller pieces with the potato masher if desired.
  • Once it has thickened somewhat, remove it from heat. Use a spoon to scoop out some of the sauce and allow it to cool. Taste and add more honey if desired.
  • Serve warm or room temperature. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Overhead view of strawberry sauce in jar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute blueberries or blackberries for the strawberries?

Yes! Because they’re not as sweet you may want to add a little more honey, though.

I don’t like chunks in my strawberry sauce. Can I puree this recipe?

Yep. After simmering wait until it cools to room temperature, then toss it in the blender and give it a whir.

Overhead view of spoonful of strawberry sauce over a jar

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Salted Caramel Sauce – This caramel sauce recipe makes a delicious dip for fruit, or for a more decadent dessert you can drizzle it over coffee ice cream, fudgy brownies, or even as a glaze for grain-free chocolate donuts. Also, here’s a dairy-free option if you need it.

Lemon Curd – Silky, creamy and bursting with citrus goodness, this easy lemon curd recipe is delicious as a filling in these thumbprint cookies, swirled into yogurt with nuts and blueberries, or served with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

It can also be used as a filling for mini-tarts, iced over paleo sugar cookies, and more.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.