Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This simple strawberry sauce from frozen strawberries is perfect for breakfast or dessert!

This sweet and slightly tangy strawberry sauce is perfect with my oat waffles, but would also taste delicious with crepes or pancakes, or drizzled over cheesecake and ice cream.

I use frozen strawberries for this recipe because I can’t bear to cook fresh strawberries. But fresh is fine if that’s what you have or prefer to use.

My tips for perfect sauce is to cut the strawberries in small pieces and then to only cook half of them at first.

Leaving them whole results in lumpy, stringy pieces of fruit. By cutting them, the berries actually retain their shape better.

Also, if you add all the berries at once, the sauce becomes overly mushy because berries break down quite easily.

Adding in the second batch later ensures the sauce has some solid pieces of berries throughout.

How to Make

Start with 2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries. Slice larger ones into quarters and smaller berries in half.

Place half the berries in a small saucepan with a little cornstarch and half a cup of water. Bring this mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.

When the sauce begins to thicken, add the remaining berries and simmer for an additional minute until they are completely heated through.

Once the sauce is done, remove it from the heat and immediately add in maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and lemon juice if using. Lemon juice is optional, but I highly recommend adding it to brighten up the overall flavor of the berries.

Serve this strawberry sauce either warm, at room temperature, or cold. Cover and store any leftover sauce in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

When it cools down, it will thicken up, making it great for spreading on scones or swirled into yogurt, one of my kids’ favorite after-dinner snacks.

You can even substitute this sauce in my plum cake recipe to make a simple strawberry cake!

The possibilities are endless and I guarantee you won’t want any of this sauce to go to waste.

What My Kids Say:
M (10yo): “Sweet, juicy, and the perfect thing to spread on waffles.”
D (7.5o): “Sweet and Delicious!”

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Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Joby’s Test Kitchen
This sweet and tart strawberry sauce makes the perfect compliment to your favorite breakfast or dessert.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp (8g) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (120ml) water
  • 1-3 tbsps (15-45ml) maple syrup or honey *see Notes
  • 1 tbsp (14g) butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, optional
  • dash vanilla


  • In a small saucepan, place ½ of the strawberries along with the cornstarch and water. Mix well, and bring to simmer over medium heat. Continue cooking for 1 minute to let the sauce thicken. Add remaining berries, and cook another 20-30 seconds until heated through.
  • Take off heat and add maple syrup, butter, lemon juice if using, and vanilla. Serve warm, at room temp, or cold. Cover and store any leftover sauce in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.


Sweetener: If you want to use granulated sugar, add it in the beginning so it gets cooked with the strawberries.
Too Watery? For a thicker sauce, reduce the water by a few tablespoons. This will result in a more jam-like consistency.
Keyword maple syrup, pancakes, strawberry, waffles

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