This versatile Strawberry Compote is made with simple ingredients including fresh seasonal strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. It will give your homemade desserts a restaurant-worthy presentation!

A Fresh Strawberry Sauce can be drizzled over cakes or ice cream. This made-from-scratch version is divine!!

Overhead view of fresh strawberry sauce in a white bowl with a spoon.

Why You Will Love

  • Made with seasonal berries, this strawberry sauce is bursting with flavor!
  • It’s so much better than any strawberry topping you can buy at the grocery store.
  • It’s super versatile and is a delicious strawberry topping for sundaes, cakes like my Lemon Pound Cake, cheesecakes, and more!
  • Plus, it’s made with minimal, easy-to-find ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Fresh Strawberries – Look for red, fragrant berries. Local berries from a farm stand or farmers’ market are recommended.
  • Sugar – white, granulated sugar
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – Never use bottled lemon juice, always freshly squeezed.
  • Cornstarch – Must be mixed with water to form a slurry. If you add it right from the box, there will be lumps that won’t dissolve.
A white bowl full of strawberry sauce with a few fresh strawberries on the side.

Expert Tips

  • Buy ripe, fragrant, unblemished strawberries. They should have a sweet, strawberry aroma.
  • Adjust the sugar amount depending on the sweetness of the berries.
  • To thicken the sauce, add a slurry of cornstarch and water. The mixture needs to come to the boiling point to thicken.
  • To make a slurry, whisk together the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • If you’d rather have a smooth sauce, puree the cooked compote after it cools. The result will be a coulis instead of a compote.

How to Use:

This strawberry compote is a tasty topping for all sorts of desserts and even breakfast dishes. Here are some recipes that would be delicious served with this compote.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Store Strawberry Compote?

Keep your strawberry compote in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. Use a clean spoon if dishing out from the container to avoid contamination.

Can You Freeze Strawberry Sauce?

Yes, strawberry sauce freezes well. Store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator to serve.

Is Strawberry Sauce or Compote the same as Strawberry Coulis?

A compote, like this strawberry sauce, is made with fresh or dried fruit cooked in sugar syrup. A coulis is a thick puree or sauce. It typically is much smoother than a compote, and does not need to be cooked.

How Do You Thicken Strawberry Sauce?

If you’d like to puree your sauce, the fruit will be ground making a thicker sauce. Adding a slurry of water and cornstarch and bringing the mixture to a boil will also make for a thicker compote.

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Fresh strawberry compote in a white bowl with a red handle spoon to the side

Fresh Strawberry Compote

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings

A sweet, fresh strawberry sauce that's great to top ice cream and other desserts.


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed with stems and leaves removed, cut in half if large
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, more or less depending on the sweetness of your berries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1-2 tablespoons water, optional, to thicken if desired.


  1. Place berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes at a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  3. If you'd like a thicker sauce, mix the cornstarch and water and add to the berries. Stir and cook until thickened.
  4. Cool and serve.


Keep leftovers refrigerated.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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