Our strawberry sauce with cornstarch is thick enough to enjoy on cheesecake, but still pourable if you want to eat it over pancakes.
Honestly, strawberry sauce is such an easy topping to whip up and it is such a great topping, especially when you use fresh strawberries!
Shopping list for Homemade Strawberry Sauce
This easy topping recipe only uses 4 ingredients. And one of them is water! Want to try apple syrup instead? How about both?
Now that I think about it, this sauce would be a great way to kick your strawberry shortcake recipe up a notch!
You will need:
- Fresh strawberries
- Red food coloring (optional)
How to Make Strawberry Sauce with Cornstarch
To start, chop all of the strawberries and then divide them in half.
Leave half of them chopped and then mash the other half.
Then, you will mix the mashed berries with the sugar, cornstarch, and water and bring it all to a boil.
At this point, you may add the food coloring if you want a deeper red color.
When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and add the rest of the diced strawberries.
Strawberry Sauce Ideas
You probably already know what you plan to do with your strawberry sauce.
If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight refrigerated container for up to two weeks.
One super easy idea is to make a quick dessert with store-bought angel food cake or homemade biscuits and whipped cream. Yum and yes, please!
You can also use it on pancakes or cheesecake, use it as filling in a chocolate cupcake, or puree and use it to make strawberry glaze!
We love strawberries!
In fact, I gathered more than 25 easy recipes to make with strawberries so you can be sure to make the most of strawberry season.
Print the Recipe:
Homemade Strawberry Sauce with Cornstarch
Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!
- 2 cups fresh strawberries cleaned, divided
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¾ cup water
- Red food coloring optional
- Clean and chop 2 cups strawberries and divide in half
- Mash one cup strawberries and set the other up aside
- In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar and cornstarch
- Stir in water and mashed berries
- Bring to boil, stirring constantly
- Stir in food coloring, if desired
- Cook and stir 3 minutes or until thick
- Remove from heat, stir in the other cup of diced strawberries
- Transfer to bowl, let cool for 10-15 minutes
- Add to jar or container with lid
- Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in airtight sealed container
Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.
Sunday 4th of September 2022
I made this today and it was exactly the recipe I was looking for! Not overly sweet. Just right. I appreciate that you gave the conversion amounts to double and triple the recipe. Thank you!
Thursday 22nd of September 2022
I'm so happy to hear this, Patsy! Thanks so much for leaving a review!
Thursday 7th of April 2022
Andrea the recipe looks fun easy and delicious. I can’t wait to try it. What I was wondering …Can this recipe be made with a sugar free sugar substitute line a Splenda for baking? Our family is watching our sugar intake but we are trying to find recipes that can be converted to sugar free. Thank you for posting your recipe
Thursday 7th of April 2022
Hi Cecile, Thanks for reading! I have not tested this recipe with a sugar alternative but as long as you use one with a 1:1 swap ratio I don't see why not! As far as I know Splenda has a product that can be swapped one to one. Let me know how it turns out!