Easy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sauce or Topping

Such an easy and deliciously versatile sauce or topping for desserts like cakes and ice cream, for pancakes and waffles and so much more! This strawberry sauce has only 3 INGREDIENTS,  so simple to make and is done in no time! Did I mention it’s so yummy, too?

Strawberry Sauce

Hurrah for springtime!

To be honest, I don’t really like spring!!! You’re probably wondering why I said hurrah then and what’s not to love about springtime? Before I tackle the reason why I don’t particularly love spring let me say first that winter is not my favorite either. So, I do not dislike spring because I love winter, nope, that’s not the case at all. In fact, I’m no fan of winter either. I am originally from a tropical country located right by the equatorial region with summer pretty much the entire year except for some occasional showers and storms here and there. So, let me say this – I am a summer kind of gal!

Strawberry Sauce

The reason why I don’t particularly enjoy spring is due to the fact that spring also means allergy season for me (and I guess for many, too!). May is particularly bad! If I don’t take flonase (free ad!), then I’d be such a disaster with weepy eyes, itchy throat, runny nose, and occasional bouts of headaches, too! So, I am not a huge fan of Spring. I love the green beauty surrounding me but I just wish they weren’t slowly trying to kill me! Haha.

Strawberry Sauce

But that is not to say, there isn’t anything lovely about spring! Thankfully, the Lord has kindly blessed us with so many delicious fruits that come out particularly in springtime as if to make up for the allergy season! We have mangoes, kiwis, and oranges galore – just to name a few. And of course, for me, the most popular spring fruit – strawberries!!! Yay for Spring! Because of strawberries, I can still say hurrah for spring!

Strawberry Sauce

I love, love, love strawberries! You know why? Because this is a fruit I am actually quite familiar with even when I was back in the Philippines, because, guess what? We actually grow strawberries in my tropical country! Not by the sandy white beaches of course, but in the highlands of the Philippines, the mountainous region called Mountain Province in the north. Come March to May, you can pick strawberries up the mountainside in the northern Philippines! Our strawberries are not as big as the ones in the west, they’re smaller in size but packs in a lot of sweetness and flavor! Now, I am suddenly missing strawberries from Baguio City – the summer capital of the Philippines!

Strawberry Sauce

Which brings me to this post – a delicious and crazy easy recipe for strawberry sauce. I love a good strawberry sauce and I must say this is one good and very reliable recipe for a versatile strawberry sauce or topping. You pretty much need only 3 ingredients – how’s that for easy?

Strawberries (naturally).

Sugar (for added sweetness).

Lemon (for extra tang!).

And since no additional water or any other ingredient, it comes out so tasty and concentrated in taste with just the right balance of sweetness and tang!

It also thickens as it cools down so there’s no need to add any cornstarch or other thickener. It’s just simply good on its own!

Strawberry Sauce

And the uses for this sauce are countless – as topping for cakes (especially cheesecake), ice cream, pancakes, waffles, pavlova and so much more! In fact, you can also use this as a jam! It’s that good and versatile!

Strawberry Sauce

This recipe is perfect for our Strawberry Cheesecake as you can see here.

Easy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sauce or Topping

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Such an easy and deliciously versatile sauce or topping for desserts like cakes and ice cream, for pancakes and waffles and so much more! This strawberry sauce has only 3 INGREDIENTS,  so simple to make and is done in no time! Did I mention it’s so yummy, too?
4.85 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cups


  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste


  • To make the sauce, in a small saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the fruits begin to break down and release their juices at the same time mashing a few berries to help in the process. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens roughly 10-12 minutes or to your desired consistency. The sauce will continue to thicken as it stands. Leave to cool completely before using. Store in the refrigerator if not using right away. Enjoy!
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Strawberry Sauce

Last updated on August 30th, 2023 at 05:08 pm



  1. Beth
    May 8, 2020 / 11:41 am

    5 stars
    Spring is a love hate for me too! Love the beauty, hate the pollen – but this recipe is a love, love for me! I will be pouring this on everything!

  2. Sophie Heath
    May 8, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! My kids loved it too!

  3. Suzy
    May 8, 2020 / 2:58 pm

    5 stars
    LOVE IT! This is the perfect and easiest way to use up fresh strawberries! Will be making it all summer long!

  4. Chef Mireille
    May 8, 2020 / 3:14 pm

    This looks so good on that cheesecake, but also vanilla ice cream or pancakes and waffles. What a versatile sauce to know how to make, I’m sure this is delicious on anything!

  5. Kristin
    May 8, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe! This made our brunch super-special. Every last drop was gone and they were still asking for more. Yum!

  6. Cate
    May 8, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    This looks SO delicious and perfect to top cheesecake! Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Marie-Charlotte Chatelain
    May 8, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    5 stars
    DELICIOUS! And those pics are amazing! The jam glistens and shines! Summer mood – on!

  8. Lori
    May 18, 2020 / 8:06 pm

    How long will it keep in the fridge? TIA!

    • abigail
      May 18, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      5-7 days it should be good.

  9. Joan
    May 21, 2020 / 2:32 am

    Will it turn out ok without the “extra rang”?

    • abigail
      May 21, 2020 / 10:25 am

      Did you mean extra tang? Are you referring to the lemon? The lemon is needed to up the flavor but the amount to use is up to you. Add more or less. I wouldn’t entirely leave it out.

  10. Susi
    July 11, 2020 / 11:31 pm

    Can I use frozen strawberries? I have a lot of them!

    • abigail
      July 12, 2020 / 8:47 pm

      Yes you can certainly. They may not hold their shape as much as the fresh ones (if you want a chunkier sauce) and may be a bit mushy but other than that it should be ok.

  11. Jane
    February 28, 2021 / 9:10 pm

    Can you freeze it

    • abigail
      March 1, 2021 / 5:36 pm

      Yes, allow it to cool completely first before freezing in an airtight container. Simply thaw when you need to use it.

  12. Nancy
    May 7, 2021 / 2:56 pm

    Can you just use lemon juice and if so how much ?

    • abigail
      May 7, 2021 / 3:02 pm

      Hello Nancy, please refer to the recipe (scroll down to the recipe card) as that would answer your question and you can print the recipe from there, too. Thanks, and enjoy.

  13. Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    June 29, 2023 / 1:14 pm

    5 stars
    Say goodbye to store-bought sauces because this homemade gem is all you need to add a touch of fruity goodness to your culinary creations. Highly recommend!

  14. Jacqueline
    June 29, 2023 / 3:26 pm

    5 stars
    Oh nice. I am thinking greek yoghurt or cocktails. Mmmm!

  15. Colleen
    June 29, 2023 / 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    We love this strawberry sauce! It’s so easy to make and delicious on waffles and ice cream.

  16. Tavo
    June 29, 2023 / 4:05 pm

    5 stars
    What a delightful find, this Easy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sauce or Topping! Your creation is the epitome of simplicity meeting scrumptiousness. With just three ingredients, you’ve managed to pack a burst of fresh, fruity flavors that elevate any dessert it graces.

  17. Kathleen
    June 29, 2023 / 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    This quick and easy strawberry sauce is so versatile and perfect for summertime desserts.

  18. Saif
    June 29, 2023 / 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    The strawberry sauce looks easy to make. I can use it for my waffle or cheesecake.

  19. Elisa
    June 29, 2023 / 10:59 pm

    5 stars
    Love this strawberries sauce, is easy and looks delicious. Will make it soon to try it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Emily
    June 29, 2023 / 11:16 pm

    5 stars
    This strawberry sauce was so simple to make and it was perfect as a topping for cheesecake! So perfect for summer – I’ll be trying it with waffles next!

  21. Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    June 30, 2023 / 2:39 am

    5 stars
    I made this and served it on a lemon cheesecake at the weekend. So easy and delicious.

  22. Gus
    June 30, 2023 / 2:47 am

    5 stars
    The Easy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Sauce or Topping post is absolutely delightful! Your recipe manages to encapsulate the essence of simple yet delicious cooking, transforming a mere three ingredients into a versatile topping that exudes freshness and natural sweetness. It’s the perfect balance of taste and simplicity that every kitchen needs.

  23. Sonja
    September 23, 2023 / 12:30 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely and easy! I used frozen strawberries and it worked beautifully; I did add a cornstarch slurry to compensate for the extra liquid from the frozen berries. This was perfect for the banana split bar we did for my son’s birthday.

    • abigail
      September 23, 2023 / 6:56 pm

      So glad it worked for you! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  24. Rachel F
    February 22, 2024 / 8:39 pm

    Any tips for making this with artificial sweetener versus sugar?

    • abigail
      February 24, 2024 / 6:56 pm

      I have never tried this with artificial sweetener so I’m not sure it would work. I don’t know how it will thicken without using regular sugar. Might be worth researching online to see if it’s possible. If it is, then it’s worth a try.

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