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This stupendous strawberry sauce recipe is super easy and so delicious. You will want to dribble it on everything or just spoon it directly in your mouth.

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Every year I look forward to strawberry season, because even though you can buy strawberries year round, they don’t taste as sweet and strawberry-ish as when they are in season. This also means it’s the perfect time of year to make strawberry sauce.

I love how easy and delicious this strawberry sauce recipe is. It’s goes especially well draped on desserts or mixed into breakfast foods. It’s my go-to sauce for topping something lovely like cheesecake. And recently, I’ve been adding it to my unsweetened yogurt. Along with the sauce, I add granola, maybe cut up a banana and I am good to go, spooning it all into my hungry maw.

I also love this strawberry sauce because it reminds me of my grandmother Bena. She used to love strawberries on her desserts. She served lots of desserts with this sauce ladled on them.  And that inspired me to love it, too.  So much so that sometimes… just sometimes… I’ll pick this sauce over a chocolate sauce.

If you knew me, you’d know how crazy that is!

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Tips on washing strawberries

– Always wash strawberries well because they are one of the top ten pesticide-ridden fruits. But don’t soak them as they easily absorb water, which will dilute their sweetness and flavor.

– To wash, remove the leaves without breaking into the strawberries. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.

– After the strawberries are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.

– Now, hull them and start preparing them for the recipe.

How to make strawberry sauce

Step one

Gather the ingredients – strawberries, sugar, corn starch and balsamic vinegar.

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Step two

Wash the strawberries (see tips above). Hull the fruit and slice each strawberry in three – four slices.

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Step three

Get a medium saucepan and add the sliced strawberries in it. Add 1/8 cup of white sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.

Balsamic vinegar goes so well with strawberries. It brings out the color and flavor, making a truly nice pairing!

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Step four

Turn the heat under the saucepan to medium and stir the strawberry mixture until it comes to a boil.

Step five

Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Take the back of a tablespoon and mash some of the strawberries.  You don’t want to puree it, just let the mashed strawberries help thicken the sauce.

Step six

Continue to let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes, periodically stirring it.

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Let it cool before either draping it across a delicious cheesecake, dolloping it onto some shortcake or popping it into the fridge for future yogurt mixing – like so:

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I hope you enjoyed this strawberry sauce recipe!

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Stupendous Strawberry Sauce

This delicious strawberry sauce is great on cheesecake or dolloped onto some yogurt. You decide. ๐Ÿ™‚
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Sauce
Keyword: cheesecake sauce, sauce for cheesecake, strawberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 14kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries washed, hulled and sliced in 3 – 4 slices
  • 1/8 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  • Wash strawberries (see notes), hull and slice each strawberry in 3 – 4 slices
  • Place strawberries in a medium saucepan and add water, sugar, balsamic vinegar and cornstarch
  • Turn heat to medium under saucepan and bring mixture into a boil, stirring all the while
  • Lower to a simmer and after 5 minutes, take the back of a tablespoon and mash some strawberries, this will help thicken the mixture
  • Let mixture simmer for additional 10 minutes
  • Check to see if enough strawberries are mashed, adjust as needed
  • Let it cool before ladeling the sauce onto some cheesecake or shortcake
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Notes:
This strawberry sauce will last in the refrigerator for 3 weeks.
Tips on washing strawberries:
  • Always wash strawberries well because they are one of the top ten pesticide-ridden fruits. But don’t soak them as they easily absorb water, which will dilute their sweetness and flavor.
  • To wash, remove the leaves without breaking into the strawberries. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.
  • After the strawberries are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.
  • Now, hull them and start preparing them for the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Originally published April 2016.

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36 Comments

  1. Here in my part of Canada, it has been a very cold spring. With summer arriving on Friday…it is still unseasonably cold. I cannot wait for fresh berry season. It has also be very RAINY…so I don’t know how the berries are going to be. This sounds great, and the perfect way to enjoy berry season.

    1. Thanks Gloria. Sorry to hear about the weather. Here in New England, we actually had a spring. Sometimes we jump right from Winter to Summer!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing; there are so many recipes I can think of where I can use this! Delish!

  3. Oh my gosh, this strawberry sauce was so delish our whole family enjoyed it. Saved to make again.

  4. I too love strawberry season. The ones I get in November are definitely not sweet like the ones right now. The sauce sounds yummy.

  5. Strawberry season around here! I want to add this strawberry sauce to granola, pancakes, cheesecakes … so many choices. Looks delish!

  6. I love strawberries and have a list of recipes collected. This sauce recipe sounds interesting too.

  7. I love everything about Strawberries! I will use this recipe to combine it with ice cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mmm! It is perfect with ice cream. The reason I love this recipe is it’s not overly sweet and goes well with lots of things. Thank you Penelopi!

  8. I can’t wait to drizzle this over a big bowl of vanilla ice cream! This strawberry sauce has summer written all over it. What a great recipe – love the step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this sauce, we made it the other day and it is so good with yoghurt. My whole family loved it, thank you x

  10. The options are endless with this fantastic sauce, and you can not beat fresh strawberries in season! Nature’s candy!

  11. Love making strawberry sauce during the summer with freshly picked berries! It’s a great idea to ad balsamic vinegar to the sauce, I’m sure it gives so much flavor to it! Should try adding it next time!)

  12. I love when strawberry season comes in. This year the strawberries are so sweet and good. They’ve been on sale and instead of just freezing them I’ll have to make up some of your delicious sauce. A good way to appreciate strawberries after they’re out of season.

  13. This recipe couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Our strawberry garden is at its peak, and this is the perfect way to use up our produce. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I just bought fresh strawberries for another recipe, and have some leftover…and now I know exactly what I’m doing with the rest! This sauce looks so easy and delicious, and I love the addition of balsamic vinegar

  15. One of the sauces I like to drizzle over every single dessert would be this strawberry sauce. Over ice creams is my kids favorite. They love it and demand me to make fresh strawberry sauce when its in season. That is truly a lovely looking sauce!

  16. It’s hard to beat a fresh, chunky strawberry sauce! I love your recommendation to use it in a yogurt or parfait sort of dish. I bet that would be divine!

  17. OMG yes, me too!! So excited for strawberry season that I go a little overboard buying strawberries!! This looks like a good way to use them up!