A white dish of strawberry sauce with strawberries in the background.

Strawberry Sundae Sauce

Make your own strawberry sauce from scratch with this easy recipe. With only 3 ingredients, it can be made with fresh or frozen berries. I

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Strawberry Recipes, Strawberry Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 76 kcal


  • 16 oz strawberries , cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Add 1/2 the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a medium saucepan over low-medium heat.

  2. Bring to a gentle boil while stirring occasionally. The strawberries will start to soften, the sugar will dissolve, and the juices will come out.

  3. After about 5 minutes, add the rest of the strawberries.

  4. Let the mixture gently boil until the strawberries soften.

  5. Remove from the heat. Serve either warm or cooled. I recommend warm over pancakes or ice cream, and cooled over cheesecake. 

To Make Strawberry Coulis

  1. Add the cooled strawberry sauce to a blender or food processor.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Optionally, push the sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds. 

Recipe Notes

Make Ahead Tips: Strawberry sauce can be made 1-3 days in advance. Cool fully, then store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. 

For a thicker strawberry sauce, dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water. Drizzle into the boiling strawberry sauce and stir to combine. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.