How To Make Strawberry Reduction

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How to make strawberry reduction is a short and sweet recipe post It’s not a complex process and can be done within minutes. Give it a try!

Whenever someone at the office sees me making strawberry reduction, they come over to see what’s going on. It smells so good that they can’t help but come over and ask what I’m doing. This just gives me an opportunity to hand them a spoon and say “Eat.”

How to Make Strawberry Reduction Sauce

Strawberry reduction sauce is a thickened sauce made from fresh/frozen strawberries. It’s very simple to make!

Ingredients

  • Large fresh strawberries (6)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Water
  • White sugar

Steps

  1. 1Wash the strawberries. Remember to remove the green top off the strawberry.[1]
  2. 2Slice each strawberry in half lengthwise and put them into a pot.[2]
  3. 3Add at least 2 tablespoons (29.6 ml) of white sugar.
  4. 4Turn the heat to medium and add 1 cup of water.
  5. 5Boil for 15 minutes on medium heat.
  6. 6After rising for 7-10 minutes, stir it and mash it with a spoon or a fork.[3]
  7. 7(Optional) When 5 more minutes have passed, stir it again.
  8. 8Turn off the heat, put the sauce into a serving bowl. Refrigerate before serving.[4]

HOW TO MAKE A DROOL WORTHY STRAWBERRY REDUCTION SAUCE FOR YOUR DESSERTS

This strawberry reduction sauce is a perfect addition on cakes and ice cream. It is so yummy and makes everything so much better!

This strawberry sauce completes my angel food cake, but you will find that it is easy to use on so many desserts!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY REDUCTION SAUCE

  • Measuring cupsspoons or scale
  • Sauce pan
  • Spatula
  • Potato masher or pastry blender

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY SAUCE?

  • Chopped strawberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lemon juice

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY SAUCE

This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of sauce. I made this thicker so you may tend to use more sauce quickly. I recommend doubling the sauce if you need to serve multiple people or if you have sauce lovers (like me!).

First, you are going to chop up your strawberries. You can also use frozen berries for this recipe don’t feel like you need to rush to the store if you don’t have fresh strawberries!

Place the strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and lemon into a medium sauce pan and place on medium-low heat. The mixture will start to boil and release the strawberry’s juices.

Allow the mixture to boil for about 14 minutes, stirring frequently.

Approximately halfway through, you will crush the berries with a potato masher or a pastry blender. You don’t need to crush them all, but it does help break down the sauce a little bit more.

As the mixture boils it will continue to thicken. When it is your desired thickness, remove from heat.

Transfer to a container and store in the fridge until you are ready to use it. The sauce will continue to thicken up in the fridge, but you can serve it whenever you are ready to use it.

Don’t forget to serve your treat with this this delicious homemade whipped cream!

HOW DO YOU STORE THIS STRAWBERRY REDUCTION SAUCE?

Do not allow your desserts with fruit sauces to sit out at room temperature for more than two hours as they are prone to mold.

You can store this strawberry sauce in an air-tight container for 2 days in the fridge, or up to 6 months in the freezer.

strawberry reduction sauce


  • Author: Melissa
  •  Prep Time: 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 14 minutes
  •  Total Time: 20 minutes
  •  Yield: 1 1/2 cups sauce 1x

DESCRIPTION

This strawberry reduction sauce is a perfect addition on cakes, and ice cream. It is so yummy and makes everything so much better! This strawberry sauce is perfect on my angel food cake, but you will find that it is easy to use on so many desserts!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups (280 grams) chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup (72 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, you are going to chop up your strawberries. You can also use frozen berries for this recipe don’t feel like you need to rush to the store if you don’t have fresh strawberries!
  2. Place the strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and lemon into a medium sauce pan and place on medium-low heat. The mixture will start to boil and release the strawberry’s juices. Allow the mixture to boil for about 14 minutes, stirring frequently. Approximately halfway through, you will crush the berries with a potato masher or a pastry blender. You don’t need to crush them all, but it does help break down the sauce a little bit more.
  3. As the mixture boils it will continue to thicken. When it is your desired thickness, remove the pan from heat. Transfer to a container and store in the fridge until you are ready to use it. The sauce will continue to thicken up in the fridge, but you can serve it whenever you are ready to use it.
  4. Don’t forget to serve your treat with this delicious homemade whipped cream!

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY REDUCTION

Strawberry reduction is one of the main components in many of my strawberry recipes! In this Baking Tips post, I will teach you how to make it!

What Is Strawberry Reduction?

Strawberry reduction is essentially strawberry sauce. Strawberries are cooked down, reduced, and blended to create a smooth, concentrated sauce.

I love using strawberry reduction to flavor many of my strawberry desserts including Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, Strawberry Cupcakes, and Strawberry Cake. You can also use it as a sauce to spoon over Vanilla Cheesecake or ice cream! Although I love using extracts, I feel that using the real thing is so much better.

Strawberry reduction is incredibly easy to make and only requires one ingredient…strawberries!

strawberry reduction

How To Make Strawberry Reduction

The only ingredient you need in this recipe is 2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries!

  1. Add strawberries to a saucepan.
  1. Cook the strawberries over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  1. As the strawberries soften, use a wooden spoon to mash and break up the strawberries.
  1. Continue to cook the mixture for about 10-15 minutes until it reduces and thickens slightly.
  1. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  1. Use an immersion blender or transfer the strawberries to a food processor and pulse until smooth. The mixture will be very hot, so be careful.
  1. Once the strawberry mixture is completely smooth, transfer to a heatproof bowl and cool completely.

If you would like to use it at a later time, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Strawberry Reduction / Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry reduction is used in so many different ways, and I had no clue.

Until a couple of years ago I learned how to make a reduction. Thanks to that, my ability to make different cake and buttercream flavors turned to the better.

The simple steps to follow and the few ingredients used, make it possible for anyone to make it.

Now this is a game changing when you add it to a vanilla cake or to a buttercream. You will be glad you added it to your recipe.

Behind the Cake ~ This is a strawberry reduction recipe made from fresh strawberries.

Another ways to use this strawberry reduction are:

  • As a cheese cake topping
  • How about ice cream topping?
  • As a thin layer of cake filling
  • Custom icings
  • Custom cake flavors
Behind the cake ~ This is a Strawberry Cake recipe from scratch made with fresh strawberries and decorated with a strawberry mascarpone cream cheese

Imagine all the strawberry reduction I could make with all the berries on the picture, I could give them as a little gift. Put them in the mason jar, add a pretty ribbon and a little card. Perfect gift for someone who likes biscuits or toast. Man… I wan a bagel now.

Behind the Cake ~ This is a strawberry reduction recipe made from fresh strawberries.

I have made many different reduction using fruits like, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberries….so many berries. It would be nice to try and make a peach reduction.

Now since you are adding some water to make it I could use also some spices. They way I am thinking to do it would be to make some sort of herbal or spice tea. Somewhat concentrated and the add that to the fruit reduction. I think it would work perfectly fine.

What do you thing?

Are you ready to try and make a reduction?

Well here is the video, and it is a very short one since there is not science behind it.

You can find the amount of ingredients used in the video or just scroll down and you can print the recipe 🙂


Strawberry Reduction

Make a mouthwatering, full of fresh strawberry flavor reduction or sauce. Perfect to top any dessert and add a delicious kick of fruit flavor.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash and rinse the strawberries. Remove the stem and leafs before dicing the into small pieces.
  2. Place a pot on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Place the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in the pot and stir.
  4. Let the mixture boil. Stir often until you get the desire consistency. The goal is to remove the water from the mixture.
  5. Use a hand held blender to puree the mixture. Let it cool down and serve.

STRAWBERRY SAUCE

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Strawberry Sauce is ridiculously simple to make and is exactly what you need to top your waffles, french toast, ice cream, yogurt, and more!

Strawberry sauce in a glass jar with a spoon set in the jar

I think you all know by now that as easy as it is to run to the store to buy certain things, it’s sometimes just as easy to make them at home.

Like pumpkin pie spice or taco seasoning – I can pick them up at the store, but they’re so easy to make at home and the homemade versions actually taste better.

This strawberry sauce is one of those recipes. Yeah, you can buy that red squeeze bottle of strawberry sauce at the grocery store, but it’s always overly sweet and doesn’t really taste like strawberries.

This stuff, though? It takes less than 10 minutes to make and is bursting with flavor. 

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HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SAUCE

Just like when we learned how to make caramel sauce, you’ll find that this homemade strawberry sauce is surprisingly easy to make. You’ll wonder why you ever bothered buying strawberry sauce at the grocery store!

Ingredients you’ll need

The ingredients list for this recipe is super simple. You’ll need:

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, tops removed, or frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use fresh or frozen strawberries. If it’s the height of summer and you have a ton of fresh, perfectly sweet strawberries – use those! 

But in the middle of winter, you can still make this sauce and have it taste amazing by using frozen berries. 

You can also use whole or sliced strawberries. If you use whole strawberries, you can choose to leave them in big pieces in the final sauce or use a fork or potato masher to break them down as they cook.

Strawberries cooking down in a metal saucepan

Making this recipe

If you’ve made my blueberry sauce or raspberry sauce, you’ll be familiar with the method for making this recipe, too. 

Grab a medium saucepan and add all of the strawberries, ½ cup of water, the sugar and the lemon juice. Bring this to a low boil, stirring frequently.

While that mixture comes to a boil, whisk together the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry. This is what will thicken our sauce.

Overhead view of cooked strawberry sauce in a saucepan on a wooden cutting board

Once the strawberries come to a boil, slowly add the cornstarch slurry. Simmer the sauce until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon; this will take about 5 minutes.

Go ahead and remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Be sure to stir it in gently if you don’t want to break up the berries too much.

At this point, you can serve the strawberry sauce warm or chill it in the fridge before serving it.

Strawberry sauce being spooned over the top of waffles

WHAT TO PUT THIS STRAWBERRY SAUCE ON

So exactly what can you put this homemade sauce on? The better question is what can’t you put it on!

It’s incredible on top of a stack of Bisquick pancakes or Bisquick waffles or swirled into the batter for sheet pan pancakes. 

Spoon it on top of a slice of overnight french toast casserole instead of or in addition to maple syrup.

Strawberry sauce over yogurt and granola in a light-colored bowl

Pair it with homemade hot fudge sauce and turn a scoop of vanilla ice cream into an incredible ice cream sundae.

Use it to top slices of vanilla cheesecake or cheesecake bars.

Or grab your favorite vanilla yogurt and some maple pecan granola and top it with this sauce for a breakfast that will fuel your day.

See? The options are really endless!

Spoon holding up a spoonful of homemade strawberry sauce in front of a jar of sauce

STORAGE

Since you can serve this sauce warm or cold, it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you need it.

Pour the finished sauce into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing your homemade strawberry sauce

If you want to make the sauce even further in advance or you find yourself with tons of fresh strawberries and want to make several batches of strawberry sauce to enjoy later, you can always freeze it!

White bowl filled with yogurt, granola, and homemade strawberry sauce, set on a wooden cutting board

Once the sauce has cooled, place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container or in zip-top freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Let the sauce thaw in the refrigerator overnight before using.

If you choose to freeze the sauce, you may want to portion it into smaller containers so you can pull out only what you need at a time. I like to freeze it in 1-cup portions – the perfect amount for a weekend pancake breakfast!

No matter what you choose to spoon this strawberry sauce on, I know it will become a new favorite in your house!

Waffles topped with strawberry sauce on a white plate

Strawberry Sauce

yield: About 3 cups

prep time: 10 minutes

total time: 10 minutes

Strawberry Sauce is ridiculously simple to make and is exactly what you need to top your waffles, french toast, ice cream, yogurt, and more!

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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries, tops removed, or frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and lemon juice. Stir frequently, and bring to a low boil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water.
  3. Slowly stir the cornstarch into the strawberry mixture. Simmer until the homemade strawberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla.
  5. Serve warm or pour into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator before serving.

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