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Strawberry Sauce (Strawberry Compote)

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    Strawberry Sauce in a white bowl.

    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 in a white bowl.

    Enjoy with Buttermilk Pancakes!

    Buttermilk Pancakes with strawberry sauce on a white plate.

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    4.67 from 9 votes
    Strawberry Sauce | Strawberry Compote @Just One
    Strawberry Sauce (Strawberry Compote)
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Delicious strawberry sauce made with fresh summer strawberries, perfect with pancakes, waffles, and ice cream. 
    Course: Condiments
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: fruit sauce, strawberry
    Servings: 4
    Author: Namiko Chen
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Strawberry Sauce Ingredients
    2. 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.
      Strawberry Sauce 1
    3. Zest and juice the lemon.
      Strawberry Sauce 2
    4. 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.
      Strawberry Sauce 3
    5. Add the lemon zest and juice.
      Strawberry Sauce 4
    6. Add in strawberries and mix gently.
      Strawberry Sauce 5
    7. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes stirring/breaking strawberries up constantly.
      Strawberry Sauce 6
    8. 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.
    Recipe Notes

    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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