This no-cook Strawberry Sauce recipe is easy to make, with just a few ingredients. It’s a delightful fresh strawberry sauce for cheesecake, angel food cake, waffles, ice cream, and so much more!
Easy Homemade Strawberry Sauce
This super simple Strawberry Sauce is an easy homemade recipe that tastes just like fresh squeezed strawberries!
Every June I look forward to picking strawberries from a local u-pick farm. It’s been an annual tradition with our girls since they were babies. And while Hatti and Tessa might not look forward to the picking as much as I do these days, I can usually still tempt them with the farm’s fresh strawberry donuts and milkshakes!
When we get home from picking, we eat those juicy, sweet berries to our hearts’ content. And then we always make a couple batches of strawberry freezer jam, plus strawberry lemonade and strawberry rhubarb crisp. And many years ago, I created this easy strawberry sauce.
This homemade strawberry sauce is vibrant red and, because it’s not cooked, it tastes especially fresh, bright, and tangy. It comes together with just a few ingredients and a little bit of time, and it’s super versatile.
Use this strawberry sauce for cheesecake and angel food cake – a most delightful fresh strawberry topping! Stir it into your morning yogurt topped with homemade granola, or into lemonade or your favorite cocktail. Spoon it over ice cream, waffles, pancakes, and crepes. The possibilities are deliciously endless!
Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Sauce Recipe
Our family loves fresh strawberries – so when we have ripe, juicy, fragrant strawberries, this recipe always wins. Here’s why we like it!
- Easy, no-cook. This is an incredibly easy recipe. All you need is a blender or food processor to blitz the few ingredients together.
- Fresh & flavorful. This strawberry sauce tastes like fresh strawberries…because that’s exactly what it is! Because this sauce is not cooked, it has a very simple, fresh flavor. If you’ve tasted the difference between the bright, fresh flavor of strawberry freezer jam and the deeper flavor of a cooked and processed jam, then you know exactly what I mean.
- Short ingredients list. Besides fresh strawberries, you only need a lemon plus a little sugar and/or honey.
- Versatile. There are so many ways to use this sauce, from breakfast to dessert! Scroll down for some delicious ways to use strawberry sauce.
Choosing the Best Strawberries
If you’ve ever wondered how to pick the best strawberries, there are few things to look for:
- Local, in-season strawberries – While we can only indulge in these splendid berries for a short time each spring/summer, they are definitely worth seeking out. We pick strawberries at one of the local u-pick patches each year and grab them whenever we can at farmers markets. There is simply nothing like fresh, local, just-picked strawberries!
- Bright red color. Whether you’re grabbing local strawberries or picking some up at the grocery store, look for strawberries that are a vibrant shade of red. If they’re still green or white, this means they were picked too soon – and they won’t ripen after they’re picked, so don’t bother! If the berries are overly dark red in color, they’re probably too ripe – skip those as well.
- Fresh green tops. Bright green tops are a good sign that the berries are very fresh.
- Firm yet giving. The texture should have a softened firmness. Not hard. Not mushy. And definitely skip any containers that have moldy strawberries.
- Sweetly scented. If strawberries pass all the looks tests, then it’s time for a good sniff. If they smell sweet, it’s almost guaranteed that the strawberries are going to taste great!
What You’ll Need
This recipe’s ingredients list is short and sweet. Here’s what you’ll need!
Scroll down to the recipe card for exact ingredients measurements and full instructions.
- Strawberries – Use the freshest berries you can find – vibrant red, juicy, and fragrant.
- Lemon – Fresh lemon juice and zest give this sauce a bump in bright flavor.
- Honey – I like the floral sweetness that honey gives.
- Sugar – I use a super fine sugar so it incorporates smoothly into this no-cook sauce. If you don’t have super fine sugar, feel free to add a bit more honey or substitute with simple syrup, or just use regular granulated sugar (although you might detect a little graininess).
How to Make Strawberry Sauce
All you need is a blender or food processor to create a smooth fresh strawberry sauce. Here’s how to make it:
- Blend. In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries, sugar, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth, about 20 to 30 seconds.
How Do I Thicken It?
If you’d like your strawberry sauce a bit thicker, just add more strawberries. Because I created this as a no-cook sauce so it would taste as fresh as possible, I don’t like to add gelatin or cornstarch for thickening (which require cooking the sauce to incorporate).
If you like a little bit of chunkiness to your sauce, I would suggest to make the sauce as normal, then throw in some more strawberries and pulse a few times to blend just slightly. Leave some chunks!
Ways to Use Strawberry Sauce
This strawberry sauce recipe is incredibly versatile. There are so many ways to enjoy it!
- angel food cake
- pound cake
- ice cream
- buttermilk pancakes or chocolate pancakes
- french toast
- yeast waffles, Belgian waffles, buttermilk waffles, or classic waffles!
- yogurt and homemade almond coconut granola
- chocolate mousse
- drinks – stir into lemonade or club soda
- cocktails – add to a margarita, gin & tonic, or mojito
Storing & Freezing
Refrigerator: Fresh strawberry sauce will keep well in the refrigerator, in an airtight container (I like to use a glass jar), for up to 5 days.
Freezer: You can also freeze this sauce. Just place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before using.
More Strawberry Recipes to Try
Our family loves strawberries, so we have many recipes to share with you!
- Strawberry Salad
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
- Strawberry Cupcakes
- Strawberry Shortcake Scones
- Patsy’s Strawberry Pie
- Strawberry Muffins with Lime Glaze
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Gin & Tonic
- Strawberry Margarita
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This no-cook Strawberry Sauce recipe is easy to make, with just a few ingredients. It's a delightful fresh strawberry sauce for cheesecake, angel food cake, waffles, ice cream, and so much more!
- 1½ pounds fresh, ripe strawberries, hulled
- 1 tablespoon super fine sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- zest from 1 medium lemon
- In a blender or food processor, combine strawberries, sugar, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth, about 20 to 30 seconds. Strawberry flavor and sweetness will vary, so taste sauce and add more sugar or honey, if desired.
- Cover and refrigerate.
Sauce will keep well in the refrigerator, in an airtight container (I like to use a glass jar), for up to 5 days.
Top your yogurt or ice cream, stir into lemonade, or drizzle over cheesecake, pound cake, waffles, or pancakes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
This post was originally published in 2013 and updated in 2023.
as soon as I saw this I thought Vanilla Ice Cream topping! love the pictures!
Do you know, if with the lemon juice in it, could you possibly process this and keep it for winter? I am new to the whole canning experience. Thank you so much!
First of all, I love the gorgeous color of this syrup, second the texture looks so smooth and perfect, third, I love that there is minimal added sugar! I can think of about 100 ways to use this…..
Love fresh strawberries this time of year! So many delicious uses for this sauce!
I love strawberry sauce!! This is beautiful and I am thinking I could probably just grab a spoon and dig in!
I love this so much! Going to make this today or tomorrow! You think I can make strawberry milk with it? Yummy, thanks!!
I think strawberry milk sounds great, Julie! I might reserve a portion without the lemon juice and zest added, though, for the milk…something about that sourness with milk doesn’t sound quite right. Let me know if you give it a try!
The strawberry season here in Michigan has been the same way Minnesota neighbor! Butt who is complaining! We go to the Farmer’s Market alot and I just can’t resist these beauties. Love the recipe Brenda. Thanks for posting this recipe. Here’s to strawberry season., better late than never!
This looks amazing, Brenda! Pinning and Stumbling… HUGS!
So, so good. I have gone picking twice, and I’m already plotting another outing with the kids.
I can’t think of one dessert I wouldn’t pour this scrumptious strawberry sauce over! It looks great, Brenda!
This is so pretty! And I LOVE that it is no cook :)
Great pictures of your cute little strawberry picker :) This easy to make sauce looks vibrant and delicious.
Wow this sauce is so vibrant! I love the color. And I bet it would taste great with waffles. That just seems like the perfect pairing :)
WOW if this isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is! Thanks for the summer strawberry inspiration to make my own. Even putting some with plain greek yogurt, oh the possibilities :)
I think strawberries make the world go round. Well, and chocolate. :)
And strawberries and chocolate together…even better! ;)
All I need now is some vanilla bean ice cream to go with!
I love hand-picked strawberries, they are so much prettier looking!! This sauce looks like the perfect addition to many a dessert!!
Lovely sauce recipe! Thanks for sharing!
How simple and fresh, love it!
I love how vibrant and fresh your sauce looks!