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Strawberry Sauce | Strawberry Compote

Strawberry Sauce Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com Before strawberry season is over, I have two more strawberry recipes, including this one, to share with you.  It’s been so difficult to decide what two recipes to share every week.  I have several recipes that I cooked and photographed but haven’t had the time to edit or write to make them into a post.  Hopefully when both of my children go to school for the whole day, I can post my recipes more frequently (but that will not happen for another 2 years…).

Until this year I have never made Strawberry Sauce for our pancakes or waffles and I’ve had indulged myself with the fresh fruit sauce only at restaurants.  If you are like me, I highly recommend you would make this sauce because it’s easy to make and so delicious!

By the way, do you cut off the top part of strawberries before enjoying?  Actually I used to do that.  Then one day when my husband was preparing fresh strawberries for my children to eat, I saw him hulled the strawberries in a correct manner.  I was shocked to see how easily and quickly he did it and wasted very little of the strawberries.  I found this handy video which shows how to use a knife to hull strawberries with one quick motion, just like how my husband does it!

(in case you cannot see the video, click here)

Well, probably you are already doing this way, but just in case you haven’t, it’s a pretty neat way right?  Have a great weekend!

Strawberry Sauce | Strawberry Compote @Just One Cookbook

Strawberry Sauce | Strawberry Compote Recipe
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Serves: Serves 3-4
  • 1 lb (16oz, 454g) strawberries
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  1. Rinse the strawberries under cold water and use the point of the knife to remove the hull out of the tops. When you have big strawberries cut in half.
  2. Zest and juice the lemon.
  3. Combine ALL the ingredients in the saucepan at once, or like me, you can take mini-steps. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water, and corn starch and whisk well.
  4. Add the lemon zest and juice.
  5. Add in strawberries and mix gently.
  6. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes stirring/breaking strawberries up constantly.
  7. Remove from heat when the mixture thickens. Allow to cool slightly if you want to user a blender to puree it. Serve with waffles, pancakes, French toast, crepes, ice cream, cheesecake, or whatever you like.
You can store it for 3-4 days (some people say a week) in the fridge and for months in the freezer.

Adapted from Food Network

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  • Rosa August 16, 2012, 12:06 am

    Delicious and perfect with rice/tapioca pudding! I prefer cooked strawberries to raw strawberries.



  • Muna Kenny August 16, 2012, 12:26 am

    Yum! I can have it on Ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate cake, on my apple pie …. Someone stop me please.
    This Strawberry Sauce looks out of this world, I’m serious :)

  • Zee August 16, 2012, 1:34 am

    This looks so delicious! I love strawberries.. Can’t stop thinking of things I want to have this with :)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 16, 2012, 1:44 am

    Your strawberry compote look beautiful and sound so delicious!

  • Esther August 16, 2012, 2:01 am

    So that’s how you hull strawberries correctly! Haha, i used to cut the tops too…: p thanks for that tip, really handy. I also have a box of strawberries sitting in the fridge, was just gonna throw it into the blender to make smoothie. But now i will make compote instead, such a treat. Thanks Nami .

  • Mel August 16, 2012, 2:04 am

    I loves strawberry sauce ~ it goes with almost everything, ice-cream, pancakes, cakes and even to savoury dish too. Your strawberry sauce looks for delicious and yummy

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 16, 2012, 2:10 am

    Sorry Nami, there is no way I can keep this sauce for the pancake recipe – it’s just too delicious!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat August 16, 2012, 3:51 am

    What a gorgeous color Nami! You make even the simplest sauce look so good :)

  • Choc Chip Uru August 16, 2012, 4:03 am

    What a perfect strawberry compote – multiple use :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Hotly Spiced August 16, 2012, 4:17 am

    This is lovely Nami and such a beautiful and vibrant colour. It really does scream summer xx

  • Baker Street August 16, 2012, 4:50 am

    What a gorgeous color, Nami! Absolutely beautiful. Strawberries are already out of season for me but I’m going to bookmark this nonetheless!

  • Eri August 16, 2012, 4:53 am

    I love all sorts of compotes! I use them everywhere! Hugs Nami!

  • Katerina August 16, 2012, 5:13 am

    I love strawberries and this compote would go perfectly with a scoop of yogurt!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book August 16, 2012, 5:14 am

    What a lovely sauce Nami and so beautifully vibrant and bright!
    :-) Mandy

  • Asmita August 16, 2012, 5:41 am

    This is a gorgeous sauce. I love the deep red color. So inviting and yum!

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings August 16, 2012, 6:07 am

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see this added to your pancakes :)

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons August 16, 2012, 6:31 am

    What vibrant photos, Nami. Wonderful. I discovered hulling strawberries when my Mum bought me this little gadget like giant tweezers and ever since then, there’s not much wastage. This sauce looks so good I’d need to make extra helpings to eat it by the bucket! So summery.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 16, 2012, 6:47 am

    That’s how my mother always hulled strawberries so I didn’t know it was unique. :)

    I don’t think this sauce would last a week in my fridge so I’ll never know how long it would last. We love strawberry everything. This looks really good, Nami!

  • Fern @ To Food with Love August 16, 2012, 7:16 am

    Your strawberry compote looks so luscious and yummy! You never stop tempting me with all your delicious photos and recipes!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 16, 2012, 7:28 am

    Oh yum! I can see this on so many things to enjoy – pound cake, ice cream, bagel with cream cheese!

  • Blackswan August 16, 2012, 7:45 am

    Gosh, just look at those red hot strawberries! Love the colour, dear! I could almost taste the sweetness from here.

  • Ramona August 16, 2012, 8:09 am

    As much as I want some cooler weather to come our way… I will miss all the wonderful bounty of summer. Strawberries are truly the best…. and this sauce/compote is gorgeous.

  • Jen @ Savory Simple August 16, 2012, 8:09 am

    Sadly our strawberry season has passed, but this looks fantastic!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 16, 2012, 8:12 am

    What gorgeous photos, Nami! And this is a superb idea for strawberries which are so sweet this season. Thanks for the step by step & helpful info. I’ll try this one soon. Thanks for visiting my blog & showering me with your kind comments! Enjoy the end of summer :-)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 16, 2012, 8:26 am

    What a gorgeous sauce! I want to spoon this over everything, it’s just perfect :). Can’t wait to see your next strawberry creation!

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman August 16, 2012, 8:48 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. I’m glad you cleared this matter up because I’ve also seen strawberries hulled with a drinking straw?

  • Hannah August 16, 2012, 9:06 am

    Your strawberry sauce is stunning, Nami! I can eating it straight from the pot in addition to spooning it over pancakes and other treats.

  • Patty August 16, 2012, 9:42 am

    Beautiful colored strawberry sauce! I would love this on pancakes, waffles, cake or vanilla ice cream:-) I think we have a few more good weeks of sweet strawberries this year, especially with this warm weather we’ve been enjoying:-)

  • yummychunklet August 16, 2012, 9:55 am

    This is perfect! I needed to sub in strawberries for a raspberry compote I’m making.

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 16, 2012, 12:31 pm

    It’s so red and so inviting Nami! I will pour this everywhere, not just on pancakes and waffles. Vanilla ice cream comes to mind! Yum!

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina August 16, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Nami, it looks so beautiful! I love the color: great for dressing up any meal! :)

  • Kankana August 16, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Loving the red color and I hate the fact that berry season is coming to an end! I usually don’t put corn starch .. will try next time.

  • Sihi August 16, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Nami – Love that red! Makes me want to dive in it! Splendid! Thank you for sharing.


  • dassana August 16, 2012, 5:54 pm

    the strawberry compote and pancake… i can imagine the deliciousness. i have made strawberry compote a couple of times with panna cotta and they both were like a match made in heaven ;-)

  • Liz August 16, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Nami, I would much rather have this over my waffles and pancakes than maple syrup! What a simple, delicious recipe…I need to make this next time we have guests for breakfast!

  • Lori Lynn August 16, 2012, 6:37 pm

    Bet the kids love that!
    Those bright colorful images are so fresh, lovely, tasty even…

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 16, 2012, 7:30 pm

    I totally need to hull strawberries like that. I waste so much! As for this strawberry sauce – YUM! I seriously want to put this on everything, especially some of that vanilla ice cream that I have sitting around in the freezer!

  • Yuri August 16, 2012, 7:53 pm




  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 16, 2012, 8:02 pm

    I am in love with your strawberry sauce…what a beautiful pictures! I want this for my pancakes, crepes, ice-cream…just beautiful and tasty!!! Can’t wait to see your pancake post…by the way great video!!!!

  • Balvinder August 16, 2012, 8:44 pm

    What a gorgeous color of the strawberry compote!
    I was also wasting strawberries while chopping the top off, then I found a cute strawberry huller and my problem was solved. You can check it here if you do not want to use the knife as in the video. http://thekitchensinkshop.com/products/Chef%27n-Strawberry-Huller.html

  • mjskit August 16, 2012, 8:50 pm

    I obviously had been wasting a lot of strawberry! Thanks for providing the video. It’s only taken me a lot of years to see I’ve been doing it wrong. :) I love putting strawberry sauce on pancakes, waffles and crepes, but mine doesn’t use lemon zest. LOVE that! Great looking sauce and I know it tastes wonderful!

  • Lynna August 16, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I just started baking fruit sauce for pancakes just this year too! And I didn`t know you can hull strawberries like this…I saw a top where you just poke a straw from the bottom end of the strawberry, to remove the hull and the leaves at the top altogether. So, i`ve been doing it that way.

    However, I think this way saves more strawberries~

  • Reem | Simply Reem August 16, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I am in love with the gorgeous color of this sauce…
    Yum… absolutely waiting for your pancake post.

  • Sissi August 17, 2012, 12:23 am

    Nami, I could look and look at these photos all day… It’s impossible to take my eyes off such a tempting bowl of strawberry sauce. Thanks for the hulling tip!

  • Alessandra August 17, 2012, 2:45 am

    Amazing color! Can you taste the cornstarch or does the fruit cover it completely?


    • Nami August 20, 2012, 2:11 am

      Hi Alessandra! Hm, I don’t really taste it but some people might? The strawberry and lemon zest flavor is stronger than corn starch. :-) But you can make the sauce without it and the liquid will be just little more watery. :-)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 17, 2012, 3:16 am

    Nami, your photos are so gorgeously lush! I can taste how juicy and sweet those strawberries are!

  • Ashley August 17, 2012, 4:30 am

    This looks amazing, Nami!!! I want it over ice cream and pancakes…

  • Dara August 17, 2012, 5:05 am

    This look so tasty! I would love this on pancakes. Unfortunately, our strawberry season is over here.

  • Beth Michelle August 17, 2012, 6:22 am

    Nami this looks so so good!! I wish I had saw it when I was still in the states and was able to get strawberries!!! I would love this over some vanilla ice cream!

  • Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) August 17, 2012, 6:24 am

    Oh, wow! Your pictures are amazing as well, so bright! Makes my hungry! We love strawberries!! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/gluten-free-friday-recipe-link-up-1/


  • Javelin Warrior August 17, 2012, 6:46 am

    Love the strawberry sauce, Nami – I’m a big fan of chunks of strawberry in sauces like this, especially over desserts like ice cream! And thanks for sharing the video – I did know the basics of hulling strawberries, but now I know an even faster method :) I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections…

  • Lan | angry asian August 17, 2012, 8:07 am

    i don’t eat pancakes often and when i do, i go for the simple syrup route. but this strawberry sauce would go so well topped on ice cream, methinks… or directly from the pan with a spoon…

  • Sophia August 17, 2012, 10:40 am

    Oooh that is perfect on french toast too! I can’t wait for your pancake recipe…I wonder if it’s the Japanese hotcake style. Love those.

  • Maja August 17, 2012, 10:56 am

    Nami, this is a gorgeous sauce! I can not wait pancake recipe, too :)

  • Rhonda (@diningalone) August 17, 2012, 11:00 am

    I recently made a sauce like this for ice cream and was amazed at how easy and delicious it was. Yours looks fabulous. Have a great weekend.

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 17, 2012, 11:41 am

    Yum yum! I love strawberry compote on pancakes, toast and yogurt. Thanks for sharing the video. I always just cut it off, like you used to, but never going to do that again. Have a great weekend Nami:)

  • Kate August 17, 2012, 11:50 am

    Looks fantastic Nami! A lovely fresh and sweet bite for breakfast. This looks delicious.

  • gloria August 17, 2012, 2:01 pm

    I love strawberries Nami and this compote look amazing and delicious:)
    love your pictures:)

  • Terris - FreeEats August 17, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Hi Nami! I know it’s been forever!!! I have still checked in with your blog from time to time and it always makes me smile to see your beautiful posts. Your energy and talent for blogging is inspiration for me. :). I just dusted the cobwebs off my blog and hope to be back at it now that the kids are starting school next week.
    This sauce looks lovely. Isn’t it funny how sometimes something that is so easy to prepare is SO good?!

  • Charles August 17, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Hi Nami – what a gorgeous looking sauce. So rich in colour – very timely too… I’m planning on making a cheesecake over the weekend to take to work so I might use this idea! I had heard of that hulling method, but I’ve always found it strange… how tough can the centre of a strawberry be that a whole plug needs to be taken out? I just pull off the leaves and then cut away the very tiniest top part where the green ends.

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 17, 2012, 6:44 pm

    I can see using this sauce on so many things but yes, pancakes, definitely! Or maybe I can just eat this by the spoonful–that would work!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake August 18, 2012, 12:51 am

    Berry compote is so versatile, can be used in many varieties of desserts and taste so refreshing and delicious! :D Your photo looks beautiful Nami, my berry compote didn’t turn out as good as yours, although I used frozen berries instead of fresh….

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal August 18, 2012, 1:33 am

    Love that red hot colour of the strawberry sauce. I can use this in my ice cream :)

  • Jenny August 18, 2012, 1:37 am

    that looks good, Nami – good with vanilla icecream, I would say. although, I’m not quite such a fan as I really ought to be – after getting too excited and completely over-doing it at a pick-you-own farm the first summer we were here. can you get sick on strawberries? yes you can! hahah!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart August 18, 2012, 8:02 am

    Oh Nami….first of all…..your picture is STUNNING!!!! That sauce looks so luscious! It may just be my new go-to sauce when I need a fruity sauce. I can think of a million things to pair this with….but right now….I can only think of two….me and a spoon! : )

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 18, 2012, 8:24 am

    Nami, your strawberry sauce looks amazing! I’d love it on some vanilla ice-cream!

  • Mark August 18, 2012, 8:39 am

    What a great color. Nice photos Nami! I’m sure it tastes wonderful with the lemon zest addition.

    I used to core my strawberries, but now I just pull off the leaves/stem and eat the whole thing. If the strawberries are ripe, the core should be soft enough to eat.

    I bet this sauce would even go well on chicken. Will try it out this week. Thanks!

  • Jenn and Seth August 18, 2012, 11:43 am

    gorgeous photos and the sauce really sounds delicious! love it!

  • The Squishy Monster August 18, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I would like this on pretty much everything =D

  • Kim Bee August 18, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Okay this is stunning. I completely love this recipe. The photos are so bright and pretty.

  • Valerie Brunmeier August 18, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Yum Nami! We love pancakes and french toast with berry syrup. Can’t wait to try this one :)

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 18, 2012, 6:57 pm

    What a beautiful vibrant sauce, a wonderful way to showcase strawberries!

  • anna August 18, 2012, 10:05 pm

    ooo such a beautiful bright red!

  • Andrea August 18, 2012, 11:22 pm

    Nami, strawberry sauce is such a handy recipe to have on hand – the kids love fruit sauces, such as cherry sauce, we enjoy them mostly with rice pudding. Beautiful pictures of one delicious sauce – strawberry season in over too soon!

  • Raymund August 19, 2012, 2:56 am

    If your strawberry season is ending soon, ours is starting, cant wait for it so I can start making strawberry desserts. This recipe of your would be a good topping for a cheesecake

  • Medeja August 19, 2012, 3:19 am

    I like fresh strawberries or this kind of sauce.. I like them alone the best :D somehow I do not like strawberry jam what is strange :)

  • The Café Sucré Farine August 19, 2012, 6:19 am

    This is such a pretty color Nami, I bet it freezes well too. Love that strawberry trick!

  • Parsley Sage August 19, 2012, 7:00 am

    Ack! I’ve been wasting strawberry! And at $12 a carton down here that’s unacceptable! Thanks for the tip :)

    Lovely sauce, darling. So beautiful!

  • kyleen August 19, 2012, 11:45 am

    This strawberry sauce looks amazing. I love how it’s so rich and thick with strawberries.

  • kitchenriffs August 19, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the link to that video! I kinda sorta knew there was a better way to hull strawberries rather than cut off the top, but never bothered to learn it. Now I know! And I’ll always do it the right way in the future. And strawberries are wonderful in strawberry sauce – we actually made some yesterday. I sometimes add a pinch of salt to help sharpen the flavor a bit. Nice post – thanks.

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious August 19, 2012, 4:54 pm

    Beautiful and perfect for everything! Ice-cream, pancakes, cake, french toast.. everything under the sun really :)

  • rebecca August 19, 2012, 8:17 pm

    looks wonderful would be great with pancakes

  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy August 19, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Ooh the strawberries are coming into season here! Thanks for the great recipe, I am definitely making this!

  • A_Boleyn August 20, 2012, 11:21 am

    I want to make this and just admire the beautiful bowl full of compote. :) The colours are so vibrantly red.

  • Peggy August 20, 2012, 12:06 pm

    I could see myself putting this strawberry sauce on everything from pancakes to ice cream! And I love the quick video on hulling a strawberry – everyone should always do it that way =) Hope you’re doing well Nami =)

  • magicofspice August 20, 2012, 2:12 pm

    What a lovely compote! I just made a fig one over the weekend, not as pretty as yours though :) I am allergic to strawberries so I can not even touch the plants :( Such gorgeous color though…

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 21, 2012, 10:40 am

    This would not make it to the breakfast table or ice cream…but a spoon full right in the mouth. I use my grandmother’s ‘tweezer’ huller. But neat trick to do it properly.

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) August 22, 2012, 10:07 am

    So beautiful! That color is stunning!

  • Lin August 22, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Wow this is a treat for the eyes! I can use this sauce for many dishes. This would impress a lot of friends at a dinner party.

  • jack August 23, 2012, 1:51 am

    This looks gorgeous and I can almost taste the strawberry! Never knew people added lemon when making this!

  • Shirley August 28, 2012, 11:02 pm

    Yum, I’m thinking that would be great right now on some ice cream. Or cheesecake. Or by itself!

  • chicago foodie girl September 1, 2012, 2:39 pm

    Oooh, this looks AMAZING!!

  • Vicki Bensinger September 2, 2012, 5:13 am

    Your strawberry sauce is nice and simple to make. I can see this on savory dishes as well like chicken or fish. Thanks for sharing.

  • marla March 29, 2013, 4:31 am

    A great sauce … linking back today :)

  • Eric April 27, 2013, 5:44 am

    Yum-o. Made this today. So yummy. Had it over biscuits. Thank you so much!

    • Nami April 29, 2013, 9:25 pm

      Hi Eric! Hmmm strawberry sauce over biscuits! That sounds delicious! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it. :)

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time May 4, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Oh my gosh, that looks crazy delicious. I love strawberries…it’s a close race between them and raspberries as my favorite fruit. Strawberry sauce over pancakes or waffles sounds like supper just waiting to be had. As soon as our berry patch is ready, I’ll be out there picking and this recipe will be waiting to be made.

  • michele @ i-heart-baking July 8, 2013, 4:46 pm

    hi nami! your strawberry sauce looks so beautiful and vibrant red! i made this the other day but it didn’t come out so red. then again i had no cornstarch and had to use flour, haha!

  • Shiya June 8, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Love strawberry compote. I’ve used this recipe when also making blueberry or raspberry compote. Just delicious. I use it in my oatmeal, on pancakes, waffles, and french toast or even when making with crumble. Just delicious~!!!

    • Nami June 9, 2014, 2:12 am

      Hi Shiya! Thank you so much for using this recipe for blueberries and raspberries! So happy to hear you enjoy this recipe. I’m so jealous of your homemade compote for pancakes and waffles! Thank you for your time to write feedback! :)

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