Strawberry sauce recipe has only 4 ingredients making it so easy to make this homemade sauce. This delicious homemade strawberry sauce is perfect with ice cream, waffles, pancakes and more.

Strawberry Sauce in a jar with fresh strawberries on the side and slices of cheesecake on a plate with strawberry sauce drizzled on the top
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Homemade Strawberry Sauce Recipe:

It doesn’t get any better than fresh strawberries and this recipe brings it all together in one delicious sauce. I think you will be surprised just how easy it is.

You only need 4 ingredients and it is SO easy. The entire family goes crazy over this recipe. I have to make extra because the kids love it so much.

Homemade strawberry sauce is amazing on cheesecake, pancakes, waffles, ice cream and really anything.

It is better than anything in the stores and literally the easiest recipe. 

Strawberry Sauce in a jar with fresh strawberries on the side

What is Strawberry Sauce Made of?

This Strawberry Sauce makes our favorite pancakes and cheesecake recipes taste better. All you need is 4 simple ingredients and you have an amazing sauce that looks so fancy.

Clean and smash fresh strawberries, then combine the smashed strawberries with cornstarch, water and sugar. Then let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes and then serve.

In less than 10 minutes you can impress your family with this Homemade Blueberry Syrup. Homemade syrups isn’t hard to make, you will be surprised with very little time you can make them.

There are many ways to use this strawberry sauce. Store in the refrigerator for an amazing topping for breakfast foods, ice cream, and cheesecake.

Ingredients needed - fresh strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, water, red food coloring

Easy Strawberry Sauce Ingredients:

  • Fresh Strawberries – Cleaned, Divided – You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Red Food Coloring, optional

How to Make Strawberry Sauce:

  • Mash 1 Cup of Cleaned Strawberries – Clean and chop 1 cup strawberries, add to bowl and mash and set aside. A potato masher works great to mash the strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, let them thaw first.
Fresh strawberries being cut in a cutting board with a knife
  • Dice 1 Cup of Strawberries – Next, clean and dice 1 cup strawberries and set aside.
  • Hit Ingredients together – In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and corn starch over medium high heat. Stir in water, strawberries and sugar. 
Smashed strawberries in a white bowl with a sauce pan with cornstarch in water in a pan
  • Boil Sauce – Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Stir in food coloring and vanilla extract, if desired. This is optional but will make the sauce a more vibrant red color and flavorful.
  • Cook until thickened – Cook and stir 3 minutes or until thick.
  • Add Sliced Strawberries – Remove from heat, stir in 1 chop diced strawberries. 
Strawberry sauce in a pan with chopped strawberries added
  • Spoon into serving bowl or container – Transfer to bowl, let cool for 10-15 minutes. Add to jar or container with lid.
  • Serve and Enjoy – Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in airtight sealed container
Strawberry Sauce drizzled over cheesecake

How to Use Strawberry Sauce:

There are many different ways to use this Sweet Strawberry Sauce. You can serve it warm or cool. It all depends on what we are topping the sauce on.

  • Spoon over Cooked Oatmeal
  • Make a Yogurt Parfait
  • Top your favorite Ice Cream
  • Drizzle over Homemade Waffles and Pancakes
  • Top a Slice of Cheesecake or Angel Food Cake

Try Strawberry Topping on Pancakes:

This sauce is absolutely amazing on pancakes. The kids love this and often will ask for this instead of syrup. It is also delicious on waffles.

Everyone loves this homemade strawberry sauce. The kids like to use the delicious sauce with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Yum! It is the best treat. 

Strawberry Sauce in a jar with fresh strawberries on the side

How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Topping:

This homemade sauce makes a delicious topping for cheesecake. It is so decadent and really amazing.

We love this recipe for No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake in a JarYou can easily substitute any type of berries. 

The sauce is good on just a slice of plain cheesecake. Check out all our Cheesecake Toppings.

Strawberry Sauce drizzled over ice cream

Top Strawberry Sauce on your Favorite Ice Cream:

This Strawberry Sauce is amazing drizzled over ice cream. We love to drizzle chocolate, caramel, and strawberry on our ice cream. No matter the flavor, it taste amazing. It is even delicious for banana splits. 

We love using any type of frozen berries over our ice cream or angel food cake recipes.

You must try this Easy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe

Strawberry Sauce in a jar with a white spoon in the jar with cheesecake on a plate with strawberry sauce drizzled over the top

Homemade Strawberry Sauce is a Family Favorite:

This homemade strawberry sauce is so good. I love to use fresh strawberries in the Summer and make this. It always comes out flavorful and easy to make.

We love it so much that I make it year round though and just use frozen strawberries. It is delicious served with pound cake, pancakes waffles, cheesecake and more. 

How to Freeze Strawberry Sauce:

Freezing Strawberry Sauce is easy to do with these simple steps:

  • Make sure to allow the strawberry sauce to cool to room temperature.
  • Spoon strawberry sauce in an air tight container. Since the strawberry sauce has a dark color, it is possible that it might stain your container.
  • I like to leave about ½ inch space between the top of container and the syrup.
  • Close the container and place in the freezer.
Strawberry Sauce in a jar with a white spoon in the jar

Can I make Strawberry Sauce without Sugar?

Yes, you can make it without sugar, but it will change the taste of the sauce. We recommend using a sugar substitute like stevia or just cutting the amount you add.

Experiment with the ingredients you are adding and make the recipe your own.

How to store Homemade Strawberry Sauce:

Once cooled, pour the sauce into an airtight container. We prefer to use a simple mason jar. You probably already have several in your cabinet.

If not, you can order one of these pint size mason jars and keep it in the fridge. I like this set because it comes with different sizes and labels.

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Strawberry Sauce

4.70 from 10 votes
Strawberry sauce recipe has only 4 ingredients making it so easy. This delicious homemade strawberry sauce is perfect with ice cream, pancakes and more.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 10 (makes 2 cups)
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 96

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries cleaned, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water
  • Red food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Clean and chop 1 cup strawberries, add to bowl and mash and set aside
  • Clean and dice 1 cup strawberries, set aside
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and cornstarch
  • Stir in water and mashed berries
  • Bring to boil, stirring constantly
  • Stir in food coloring, if desired
  • Cook and stir 3 minutes or until thick
  • Remove from heat, stir in 1 chop diced strawberries
  • Transfer to bowl, let cool for 10-15 minutes
  • Add to jar or container with lid
  • Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in airtight sealed container

Nutrition Facts

Calories 96kcal, Carbohydrates 24g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 2mg, Potassium 44mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 21g, Vitamin C 17mg, Calcium 5mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. This would make a perfect Christmas gift and I want to make it when strawberries are sweet and ripe. How do you suggest storing this if I make it in August?