How To Make Strawberry Pancake Topping


Have you ever wondered how to make strawberry pancake topping? Well, it’s quick and easy and you don’t need a recipe.

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How To Make Strawberry Pancake Topping

This homemade strawberry sauce recipe is easy to make and only requires three simple ingredients. Perfect for topping on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecakes, and so much more!

Homemade strawberry sauce in a glass jar with a spoon sticking out. Fresh strawberries rest in the background.

Say hello to one of the easiest desserts in the world. Okay, maybe there are a few things that are a little easier to make, but this one is pretty simple.

This homemade strawberry sauce only requires three ingredients (yes, THREE!) and it’s super simple to throw together. In fact, you only need to stir the sauce a few times as it’s cooking so there’s very little work involved. It’s also a perfect way to use up any fresh or frozen strawberries that you have on hand.

Another thing that I love about this recipe is that you can throw it together ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. I’ve even included a few different ways that you can use this strawberry sauce at the bottom of the post!

A spoon balanced on top of a glass jar of strawberry sauce.


To make this homemade strawberry sauce, you’ll need strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Let’s break down each ingredient so you feel confident making this recipe. 


I find that fresh strawberries work best in this recipe because they hold up better, but you can use frozen strawberries. Since the frozen berries need to cook a little longer, they tend to break down more and you won’t have as many large pieces of strawberries in your sauce. I have a note in the recipe for how much frozen strawberries to use and how long to cook them also.

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I use granulated sugar in this recipe because it tastes best. If your strawberries are little sweeter, you can feel free to reduce the sugar slightly.


I love to add a little bit of fresh lemon juice to this fresh strawberry sauce. The lemon juice helps to cut the sweetness and adds a little bit of fresh flavor to this sauce. You’ll only need 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, so 1 medium lemon will be plenty for this recipe. If you just have bottled lemon juice that will work fine too, but fresh is always best in my opinion!


Making fresh strawberry sauce is so easy! Once you gather all of your ingredients, you’ll cook the mixture down in a saucepan until it’s thickened. Once it’s cooled, you can either use it on your favorite dessert or refrigerate the sauce until you’re ready to use it.

A bowl of ice cream topped with strawberry sauce. Fresh berries are lined up in the background.


If your sauce seems runny, it simply needs more time on the stove. Make sure the lid is off and the sauce is simmering over medium-low heat. The entire process will take about 25 minutes.

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Need to make some strawberry topping for cheesecake or pancakes? This recipe is perfect for that!

A few of my other favorite ways to use this sauce are on top of:

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This homemade strawberry sauce recipe is easy to make and only requires three simple ingredients. Perfect for topping on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecakes, and so much more!

 Course – Dessert

 Cuisine – American

 Prep Time – 10 minutes

 Cook Time – 25 minutes

 Total Time – 35 minutes

 Servings – 1 and 1/4 cups strawberry sauce


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries , stems removed and sliced
  • 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, stir together the strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice until well combined.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices and the mixture starts to boil (about 5-8 minute). Then, slightly reduce the heat to low-medium heat and allow the strawberries to continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Once the mixture has thickened, remove from the heat and pour in a glass container and allow to cool completely. Top on your favorite dessert or refrigerate until ready to use.


Strawberries: If using frozen strawberries, use 2 and 1/4 cups and allow the mixture to cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Reduce heat slightly and allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

Storage instructions: Store leftover strawberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce for Pancakes and Toppings

Refined Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce.

I hate to start this blog post by telling you how awesomely fantastic homemade food is, but yes, I AM TELLING YOU that homemade food is the BEST! For instance, when you make your own strawberry sauce, you have plenty of choices. First, you can make it sugar-free, aka this super tasty, and easy to make sugar-free strawberry sauce. This recipe is insanely delicious, and you will not miss the refined sugar! Second, you can choose to puree it or not. Personally, I love to see and feel strawberry chunks in my mouth when I eat this! But remember, you are in control. Third, you decide the amount of cornstarch you wish to add or even, no cornstarch at all depending on how thick you want this fruity sauce to be! Not to mention that this sauce is my family’s favorite for eating Greek Yogurt pancakes.

Best Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce? YES!

The best part is that this refined sugar-free strawberry sauce has no added refined sugar! In other words, I replaced the 3/4 cup of sugar that this recipe called for with ¼ cup of original maple syrup. Trust me, you will not miss anything, and in the long run, eliminating refined sugar is great for the body.

Benefits of Strawberry Fruits.

Generally speaking, strawberries are freaking ah-mazing to the body. Annnnnnnnnnnd, without question, I love with this tasty strawberry sauce, but the fruit is yummy too.

  1. Overall, strawberries can improve health, and they are mostly low calories, which makes them ideal for all those thinking of losing weight.
  2. Heart-healthy, strawberries are excellent for the heart, and as well as for managing the blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and controlling the blood pressure.
  3. For one thing, eating immune-boosting foods are more than ever necessary (because of COVID-19), and strawberries have abundant vitamin C that is sure to help your body’s immune system.
  4. Notable among the several benefits of strawberry is that it can improve eye health.
  5. I remember my doctor encouraging me to eat more strawberries when I was pregnant because it has the right amount of folate. Not to mention that strawberries are tasty and enjoyable in salads – strawberries fruits are a great addition to anything. When you make this refined sugar-free strawberry sauce, they become more versatile in usage. For example, you can use them for yours pancakes, waffles, as well as toppings for oatmeal, yogurt, and desserts!

Alongside fresh strawberries, you will need fresh lemon (both the zest and juice), original maple syrup. Make to look at the ingredients, and it should say only one ingredient – Maple syrup. And finally, cornstarch.

How to make this Sauce.

This is the easiest thing to cook; fortunately, you need no cooking skill to make this homemade strawberry sauce.

First, get your hands on fresh strawberries. Second, wash, cut/quarter them, and add into a clean pan.

I love  to add a good amount of lemon zest, as well. This is totally optional.

Third, cook, and enjoy warm or cold. I love them warm.

Pairing this Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce.

Scoop a spoonful and eat as so; in other words, you will be tempted to finish this delicious strawberry sauce jar, lol!

Accordingly, this refined sugar-free strawberry sauce is perfect for warm biscuits. Literally, the best on biscuits.

Not to mention that my kids go crazy with this sauce over my one and only Healthy Greek Yogurt Pancakes!

Use this sauce to make strawberry bars or strawberry crisp. Last time I made these bars, they were so good!

This insanely delicious sugar-free strawberry sauce will make you happy! And if you are ready, here’s how to make it.

sugar-free strawberry sauce for pancakes and toppings

  •  Total Time: 30 minutes
  •  Yield: 5-6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

This healthy refined sugar-free strawberry sauce is insanely tasty, nutritious, versatile! This is currently our family’s go-to breakfast and dessert sauces/toppings; it makes my Greek yogurt pancakes, yummier, and my warm biscuits comforting, and richer. I hope you will like it as we do.



1 lb. fresh strawberry

¼ cup of original maple syrup

1 – 2 teaspoons of corn starch

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (optional)Get Ingredients


  1. Wash and cut strawberries, and add to a clean pot
  2. Add the maple syrup into the same pot
  3. Add lemon zest
  4. Sir in the corn starch, and lemon juice, use a spoon or spatula to stir/combine. Alternatively, you can add lemon juice to the cornstarch stir together, and then pour on the berries. Make sure to mix well using a spatula.
  5. Place the lid loosely and keep stirring as soon as the strawberries start simmering.
  6. Cook on low, and until the strawberries soften, and sauce thickens. It could take up to 15 – 20 minutes (or less), you could add a little more corn starch if you desire a thicker consistency. Remember that this sauce will thicken even more after it has completely cooled down, avoid making it unnecessarily very thick!
  7. You can blend it as soon as you remove it from the stove if you desire a smooth strawberry sauce purée. I prefer to see strawberry chunks, but do you, and enjoy!
  8. Serve on biscuits, pancakes, or eat it like that for pure joy!


If you ever use store-bought jams and fruit sauce, then this is a great alternative. Your body will love this better.

I usually make this recipe with fresh strawberries to make this sauce. I am not sure how frozen strawberry will affect the taste, will definitely give that a try soon. We are currently in strawberry season (summer), and fresh strawberries are very affordable.

You may choose not to use cornstarch, but that would make a watery strawberry sauce. But more importantly, you can manage the amount of cornstarch you want to add. Some people add up to 2 tablespoons, but I choose to add a maximum of 2 teaspoons. The cornstarch helps this strawberry sauce to thicken. And by the time you make this first, second, and third time, you will realize what works best for you!

Please do not make this sauce too thick while it is still cooking, because it thickens even more after it has cooled down. Take a look at how this strawberry sauce looks on my biscuits, and pancakes, I don’t want them thicker than that.

If you prefer puréed sauces, then blend after cooking. Enjoy!

Homemade Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

Make homemade strawberry topping sauce for your desserts or breakfast using fresh strawberries with this simple 10 minute recipe. When strawberries aren’t in season, use frozen strawberries instead.

After publishing no bake cheesecake jars, I figured a completely separate post for the strawberry topping sauce would be appreciated! I actually made a triple batch of it last week when strawberries were on mega sale and froze the sauce in freezer tupperwares. (Freezes and thaws like a dream!)

But this strawberry dessert topping has actually been an essential for years, pairing with everything like pound cake, cheesecake, ice cream, and berries & cream french toast casserole. I have plenty more suggestions below and yes, this stuff is totally acceptable at breakfast!

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Strawberry Topping

  • 5 simple ingredients
  • 10 minutes
  • Nothing artificial
  • No preservatives
  • Made from real strawberries
  • Supremely versatile

What You Need

  1. Fresh or frozen strawberries: Hulled & halved.
  2. Cornstarch + water: Mix the two to create a slurry. Without mixing with water, the cornstarch will leave white chunks in your strawberry sauce.
  3. Lemon juice + zest: Keeps the flavor bright. The sauce won’t taste like lemon, I promise!
  4. Sugar: Just enough to sweeten the sauce without taking away from the strawberry’s natural flavor.

I include a strawberry compote recipe with my brown butter pound cake. This strawberry topping sauce is almost identical, but I use a little less cornstarch here. Today’s strawberry sauce is on the thicker side, but it’s not quite as thick as the compote. The compote is closer to a jam consistency.

How to Make Strawberry Sauce

This strawberry sauce cooks on the stove in about 10 minutes.

  1. Mix the cornstarch and water together.
  2. Place everything, including the cornstarch mixture, into a medium saucepan. Mash the strawberries a bit with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. This helps the release the juices and cooks down the strawberries.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken.
  4. Remove from heat and allow strawberry sauce to cool.

This is a chunkier style strawberry sauce, providing wonderful texture to no bake cheesecake, waffles, biscuits, and so much more. But the amount of strawberry chunks is up to you. For less chunks, mash up the strawberries a little more as the sauce cooks.

Prefer a chunk-free sauce? For no strawberry chunks, blend the finished sauce in a blender until you reach your desired consistency.

By the way, if you’re looking for a less jammy and more substantial strawberry topping, try this strawberry cream cheese pie.

What will you use it for?!

Homemade Strawberry Sauce (Topping)

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:8 minutes

Total Time:10 minutes

Yield:1 and 1/2 cups


You can use fresh or frozen strawberries in this versatile strawberry topping sauce. This topping is fresh, quick, & easy and gives desserts that little something extra!


  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) warm water
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced in half (you can use frozen; don’t thaw)
  • zest and juice from 1/2 small lemon (see note)*
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar


  1. Whisk the cornstarch and water together until all the cornstarch has dissolved. (I just use a fork to mix– very easy.)
  2. Place the cornstarch mixture, along with the rest of the ingredients, into a small saucepan over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir the mixture as it cooks. Break up some of the strawberries as you stir.
  3. Bring it to a simmer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. After 5 minutes, remove pan from the heat and allow to cool. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
  4. You can serve the sauce warm before it cools completely if desired, or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Strawberry topping will be thick after refrigeration, so microwave for 15 seconds or warm on the stove to thin out, if desired.

Recipe: Easy Strawberry Sauce

Recipe: Easy Strawberry Sauce

This quick and easy Strawberry Sauce recipe calls for only four ingredients and is the perfect topping for pound cake, ice cream, pancakes and more. (Stacey Little / Southern Bite)

Got some pound cake that turned out a little drier than you’d like? Grab some strawberries and make this easy sauce.

Looking for a quick and easy dessert at the very last minute? Grab some vanilla ice cream and top it with this sauce.

Want to elevate your breakfast game? Make some pancakes and serve them with this sauce.

Got some cheesecake that you want to give a little different flavor? Top it with this sauce.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

This quick and super easy Strawberry Sauce is made with only four ingredients and is the perfect thing to elevate all kinds of dishes.

Combine fresh strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan and simmer to create a thick, rich, perfectly sweet strawberry topping.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

You bet. The sauce texture and color might end up a little different, but it will certainly work. Just make sure to purchase unsweetened, frozen sliced strawberries.

How do I thicken my sauce?

This sauce thickens as it cooks and the water evaporates. Also, keep in mind that the sauce will thicken more as it cools. So if your sauce is too thin, just cook it a little longer. If it gets too thick, you can add a little water to thin it out. Some recipes out there call for adding a cornstarch slurry to the mixture to tighten it, but I’m not a big fan of the gelatinous texture it gives this sauce. So, I like to allow the heat to do the work.

How do I store this strawberry sauce?

Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. When chilled, the sauce will be super thick. You can zap it in the microwave to warm it up and even add a little water to thin it out.

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely. This recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce. If that’s not enough, you can double or even triple the recipe.

Easy Strawberry Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 1 cup


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Wash, hull and coarsely chop the strawberries.
  2. Add the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently. It will seem dry at first, but the strawberries will release moisture when cooked to help create your sauce.
  3. Once bubbling, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Keep in mind the sauce will thicken more once it cools.
  4. Serve at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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