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3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce

Make this easy 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce for a simple, sweet topping full of fresh strawberry flavor for ice cream, crepes, pancakes, french toast, and more! With just a few simple ingredients and about fifteen minutes, you’ll have a scrumptious sauce you’ll want to put on everything in sight!

This yummy strawberry sauce is so easy to make and versatile. Pour it over freshly made buttermilk pancakes or spread some on top of your yogurt and add granola for a delicious snack. Serve it with cheesecake for an extra decadent dessert or use it in strawberry shortcake!

There are endless ways you can use this tasty strawberry sauce! It’s the perfect topping for just about any of your favorite desserts.
Or you can just eat it with a spoon. I won’t judge.


This sauce is a must when I make Cheese Blintzes. It’s just a given that when Mom makes the cheese blintzes, this strawberry sauce will be going on top. No ifs, ands or buts!! If by chance there happens to be any left, we usually put it on top of our ice cream. I especially like it on top of my coffee ice cream. YUM!

It’s so super easy and simple. Just remember to watch the pan as it boils as it can tend to boil up and quite possibly over, and I would hate for you to have to clean that mess up.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce Ingredients

You only need three simple things to make this strawberry topping:

Frozen strawberries (16 ounces), thawed

Granulated sugar


If you want, you can add a little lemon juice or zest to enhance the flavor.

How to make 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce

This delicious strawberry sauce could not be easier to make! Here’s how to do it:

First, combine the strawberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high until the sugar water begins to boil.

Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.

About halfway through the cooking time, use a potato masher to mash the strawberries. Alternatively,   you could smash the thawed strawberries up a bit before placing them in the pan.

Once the strawberries have cooked down, remove the sauce from heat and transfer to a serving bowl. You can serve this strawberry sauce warm or cold.

For a ingredient amounts and complete instructions, please refer to the recipe card below.

​More Serving Suggestions

​Serve it over angel food cake with fresh berries.

Slice up some pound cake, pour the sauce on top, and add whipped cream.

Mix it into whipped cream or frosting for a strawberry flavor.

How to store Strawberry Sauce

This 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week when stored properly in an airtight container. Let it cool completely, then transfer it to the container before placing it in the fridge.


Can I use fresh strawberries instead of frozen ones?

Yes, you absolutely can use fresh strawberries. I definitely recommend this during strawberry season when they are a bit more affordable. Wash them and remove the stems before using them for this 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce.

How do I make a thicker sauce?

If you want more of a thick sauce, you can add a cornstarch slurry to the sauce as it simmers. 

What if I want a more smooth sauce?

You can put it in a blender or use an immersion blender to blend out any chunks in your sauce.

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Strawberry sauce can be made up to two days in advance for the best results. Keep it covered tightly in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, if you are feeding a crowd, this strawberry recipe doubles easily. I also like to use half now and freeze the other half for later!

How do you freeze Strawberry Sauce?

This sauce is a great recipe to freeze! Let it cool to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. It will keep for up to 3 months.

To use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or for a few hours on the counter.

More Easy Sauces You Should Make

I love Homemade Cranberry Sauce for breakfast items or in my holiday cooking!

Pasta is better with homemade sauces like my Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce or my Meat Sauce. It makes the best lasagna!

If you love Greek food, you have to try this Tzatziki Sauce! It’s so good with the Turkey Gyro Pockets in that recipe too.

Homemade Pizza is so good and saves money on delivery! Try my Homemade Pizza Sauce for your own pizza or with some savory appetizers like this Pepperoni Bread.

Strawberry Recipes

Enjoy the summery taste of strawberries all year round with these strawberry recipes:

Roasted Strawberries are amazing, and this Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream is even better!

Strawberry Banana Bread is a nice twist on an old classic quick bread recipe.

Dream Bars are some of my most popular recipes, and these Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars are a fan favorite! They are so rich and creamy, I love them!

If you love a good mojito, you have to try this recipe for Strawberry Mojitos! So good!

Strawberry Nutella Crepes are one of my favorite breakfast treats.

If you need a break from all the baked goods, use strawberries in your Strawberry Spinach Salad (and make sure to make this homemade Poppy Seed dressing in the recipe too!)

What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?

When I was doing my original 365, I used to rate everything I make on a scale of 1 -4 with 4 being the best. This 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce earns 4 rolling pins again and again and again.



Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!


3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce

Make this easy 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce in just about fifteen minutes for a simple, sweet topping full of fresh strawberry flavor for ice cream, crepes, pancakes, french toast, and more!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword 3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce
Prep Time 2 minutes minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes minutes
Total Time 17 minutes minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 33kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


16 ounces frozen strawberries thawed½ cup granulated sugar½ cup water


In a medium saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar and water.
Heat on medium high until boiling.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Do not cover the pan.
About halfway through, use a potato masher to mash the strawberries or before putting the thawed strawberries into the pan, smash them gently in the bag with your hands.
Can be served warm or cold.


Can be refrigerated for up to a week in a closed container.
This recipe makes 2 cups, and nutritional information has been calculated using 2 tablespoons per serving. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.004g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

This post was originally published May 5, 2015. It has been updated in format and with pictures on March 29, 2024.

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