How To Make Strawberry Compote


How to make strawberry compote is the question I am asked most often. It used to be making jam or conserves until I did a post on canning fruit. Suffice it to say, I got a lot of comments that people do not want to bother with the hot water bath and pectin needed for proper jam making. Also, they want their preserves less sugary. Strawberry compote is the answer to all these issues.

Quick Strawberry Compote

Quick strawberry compote recipe

Prep:5 minsCook:10 minsTotal:15 minsServings:8

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Strawberry compote is really easy to make. All you need are a few bright spring berries, a bit of sugar, and a splash of water or juice. In about 10 minutes of cooking time, you’ll have a deliciously sweet and tangy bread topper. If frozen fruit is all that you have at hand, go ahead and make the substitution; frozen fruit is usually processed at its peak of ripeness, so a good quality brand would yield great compote.

For our recipe, just 2 tablespoons of sugar for 1 pound of strawberries is all you need, and the amounts are easily adjusted up or down depending on how much fruit you’re using. Our batch makes 1 pint, for 8 total servings.

Use strawberry compote like you’d use jam, but check our suggestions below to make the best use of this easy and wonderful homemade compote

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“This quick and easy compote recipe made a delicious fruity sauce for pancakes. I liked the fact that it wasn’t overly sweet. The strawberries end up with lots of juice, so I added the cornstarch, and it was perfect.

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  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for strawberry compote recipe
  2. Rinse the strawberries, pat them dry, and then hull the fruit. To do this, insert a knife at an angle under the leaf cap and then twist to cut out the leaves and white core underneath. Discard the tip and repeat the process with all the berries. Cut very large berries in half or quarters; leave smaller berries whole.Strawberries rinsed, hulled and sliced
  3. Place the berries in a saucepan. Add the sugar and juice or water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the strawberries are all soft and just starting to fall apart and the liquid thickens, between 5 to 10 minutes.Put berries in saucepan
  4. Taste, and add more sugar if necessary. The compote will thicken a little while it cools off, but if you think it’s too thin, mix 1 tablespoon of water with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and add it to the saucepan. If using frozen fruit, you might need a little more cornstarch. Stir well and remove from heat.Taste compote
  5. Let the compote cool off completely. Transfer to a clean pint jar and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.Compote added to jars

What Is the Difference Between Compote and Jam?

Compote and jam are two different products made from similar ingredients. Compotes have bigger pieces of fruit in them, and smaller berries can and be kept whole, whereas jam has smaller pieces of fruit, sometimes even pureed. Compotes are not canned and have less sugar than jam.

Strawberry Compote Recipe (Coulis)

The Strawberry Compote is a delicious accompaniment made from fresh strawberries that is simmered into a sauce with sugar and lemon. The strawberry compote makes a perfect accompaniment that goes well as a topping over Chocolate Mousse, Trifle Puddings, Pavlova with cream and compote or anything dessert that needs a zing.

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  • 500 grams Strawberries ,  fresh
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Lemon juice

How to make Strawberry Compote Recipe (Coulis)

  1. To begin making the Strawberry Compote Recipe, we will first core and quarter the strawberries for the compote
  2. To make the compote, In a small shallow saucepan, toss in the quartered strawberries, along with 1/2 cup of sugar and juice from one lemon. With the heat on medium, keep stirring the mixture continuously until the sugar melts.
  3. Continue to Cook the strawberries until it is tender and the compote has thickened.
  4. You will notice that towards the cooking process, the mixture begins to bubble and the syrup is thickened, once done, allow this mixture to cool completely.
  5. Chill the Strawberry Compote in the refrigerator before using it for your desired Dessert.


Make the most of strawberry season with this quick Strawberry Compote recipe! You only need 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for this versatile sauce that’s perfect on cheesecake, yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, and more.

Fruit sauce is so easy. Be sure to also check out my Raspberry Compote, Blackberry Compote and Blueberry Compote recipes.

Dish of strawberry compote.
Compote is such an easy way to use up strawberries!

This tasty strawberry compote recipe uses fresh strawberries along with orange juice and a little sugar to make a sweet topping that comes together quickly and easily.Strawberry CompotePlay Video

You only need 3 simple ingredients and 15 minutes for this heavenly compote.

Serve it on top of ice cream, yogurt, waffles, oatmeal, or your favourite dessert!

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Strawberry season is coming quickly and I am so excited to use these juicy red summer gems to make a variety of recipes.

One of the things I love making with strawberries is a simple fruit compote. Not only can it be used in so many different ways, but one batch lasts 2 weeks and you can also freeze any leftovers. 

All you’ll need is strawberries, a little sugar, and orange juice for a zesty balance of flavors.

If like me, you buy up ALL THE STRAWBERRIES when they’re in season, then you’re probably looking for ways to use them up, too. When they’re in perfect condition, then make some simple Strawberries and Cream by drizzling them in a vanilla-infused cream and serve with a glass of fresh Strawberry Milk. When they’re not at their best, try this compote or making a Strawberry Syrup!

Cook them down in a pot on the stove and you’ll have a fresh fruit compote in just 15 minutes from start to finish!

Stack of pancakes with butter and strawberry compote.
Perfect on a stack of pancakes.


It’s a great way to use strawberries that are abundant in the summer months.

Make this strawberry sauce in 15 minutes or less from start to finish!

You’ll only need 3 simple ingredients that you can find anywhere.

It lasts in the fridge for 2 weeks, so you can make it ahead of time.

Change the texture to your liking by adding fresh strawberries.

Pour it into a pretty jar and gift it to friends, teachers, or neighbours.

Enjoy your homemade strawberry compote on yogurt, ice cream, waffles and more!


  • Fresh Strawberries – You’ll need to wash and chop fresh strawberries. Make sure you pick ones that are bright red and ripe. NOTE: You can also use frozen strawberries!
  • Granulated Sugar – Gives the compote additional sweetness and helps break down the pectin in the fruit.
  • Orange Juice – The perfect pairing in strawberry compote adding a citrus flavor that helps to brighten it up. You can also use water to help thin it out to replace the orange juice.


Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.

Collage: washed strawberries, chopped, added to a pan.
It’s so easy to turn fresh (or frozen) strawberries into compote!

Prep: Wash, trim and chop the strawberries (into halves or quarters). Reserve ¼ of the strawberries and set aside. 

Cook: Heat the strawberries, sugar, and juice in a pot for 5 mins.

Collage of stages of strawberry compote cooking.
Just cook them down until soft, but make sure they’re not totally broken down so the compote has some texture.

Stir in the remaining strawberries and cook for a further 4 minutes.

Let the compote cool, then transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Wooden table with dish of compote and fresh strawberries.
Mmmmm… strawberry deliciousness!


When choosing strawberries, make sure they are ripe. Underripe strawberries will produce a slightly bitter compote that does not thicken as well, since underripe ones do not have a lot of natural pectins.

To change up the sweetness of your recipe, try using brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey to replace the white granulated sugar.

If you enjoy a compote that is more thinned out and has a bit more syrup, add water until you reach your desired consistency.

Adding some of the strawberries later, means there are still some whole pieces in the strawberry compote. You can skip this step and cook them all at once if you prefer a smoother compote.

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