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Easy Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This easy, healthy strawberry sauce comes together with just frozen strawberries, maple syrup and water! I prefer a not-too-sweet sauce, but if you like it sweeter feel free to add more maple syrup to taste. The sauce is fabulous on Waffles, Pancakes, Shortcakes, Crepes, Cakes and Cottage Cheese!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade strawberry sauce, strawberry compote recipe, strawberry sauce recipe
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more to taste


  • In a medium skillet with a lid (or you can use a pot), combine the strawberries, water and maple syrup. Place it over medium heat. Cover and cook until the berries are softened, about 3-4 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the strawberries until they're mostly crushed. Simmer the sauce until slightly thickened—when you run a spatula along the bottom there should be a clear line—about 1-2 minutes longer. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more maple syrup to taste and simmer a few seconds longer.
  • Transfer the sauce to a jar or serving dish and let cool slightly (it will thicken as it cools). Serve it warm, at room temperature or chilled.


Do Ahead: The strawberry sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • A potato masher makes it easy to mash the strawberries into a compote. 
  • I love storing the sauce in these parfait jars, which also make for great gifts!