Fresh Strawberry Sauce

38 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“This is an excellent sauce for pies and cakes - especially cheesecakes!”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan and bring to simmer over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  4. Whisk cornstarch mixture into strawberry mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Transfer mixture to a blender and puree until smooth.

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I made this sauce exactly like the recipe except I did not puree the strawberries because I wanted bits of fruit in it. I did have to add a little more cornstarch mixture to thicken it up. With that said, though, this is a great sauce for pancakes, ice cream, cheesecake, or pound cake. Just the perfect sweetness for my taste.



Great sauce, love the balsamic. Could use some lemon juice, I thought.



As always, Chef John, delicious! I paired this with a flourless chocolate cake (from this site) and while the cake was good alone, this sauce made the cake outstanding!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 53 cal
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs
  • 13.4 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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