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Strawberry sauce in a white serving cup with strawberries and lemons scattered around it.
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5 from 3 votes

Strawberry Sauce

This Homemade Strawberry Sauce is perfect for cheesecake, pancakes, biscuits, and more! Made with a handful of ingredients including fresh strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. And it requires less than 15 minutes of prep and cooking!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 12 mins
Course: Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups strawberries quartered or halved
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water and add to a small saucepan.
  • Add the strawberries, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice to the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool in the pot before transferring to a serving dish or storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The mixture will thicken more as it cools.


  1. All brown or all granulated sugar can be used in this recipe.
  2. Lemon juice or vanilla may be omitted if you want the sauce to be tarter or sweeter.
  3. Store it in the refrigerator for about a week in an airtight container. 
  4. To Freeze: Wait until the sauce completely cools and pour into freezer bags (and lay flat or freezable container (not glass). It should be good for 3 to 6 months.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg