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Homemade Strawberry Sauce with Cornstarch

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!

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chopped and whole strawberries on a cutting board with knife next to a bowl of cornstarch and sugar

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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
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • 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.

strawberry sauce mashed strawberries

Then, you will mix the mashed berries with the sugar, cornstarch, and water and bring it all to a boil.

strawberry sauce on a spoon

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.

So easy!

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!

strawberry sauce on angel food cake

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.


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Homemade Strawberry Sauce with Cornstarch

Andrea Updyke
Delicious strawberry sauce made with cornstarch, sugar, and of course fresh strawberries! You will want this topping on everything!
4.63 from 8 votes

Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 61 kcal


  • 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


Serving: 2TBSPCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 16gSodium: 1mgSugar: 14g

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

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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!

Andrea Updyke

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

I'm so happy to hear this, Patsy! Thanks so much for leaving a review!

Cecile Meis

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

Andrea Updyke

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!

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