This homemade strawberry sauce recipe is easy to make and only requires three simple ingredients. Perfect for topping on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, 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 it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. It’s perfect for strawberry cheesecake, but I’ve 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.

Ingredients In This Recipe 

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. 

  • Strawberries: 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.
  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar in this recipe because it tastes best. If your strawberries are a little sweeter, you can feel free to reduce the sugar slightly.
  • Lemon Juice: 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!

How to Make Strawberry Sauce 

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.

How to Thicken Strawberry Sauce

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. 

Different Ways To Use It

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

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

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

5 from 4 ratings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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!


Servings: 1 and 1/4 cups strawberry sauce
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries stems removed and sliced
  • cup granulated sugar (65 grams)
  • 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 ¼ cups and allow the mixture to cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat slightly and allow to simmer for about 15 to 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.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Danielle
Did you make this recipe?Mention @livewellbakeoften on Instagram or tag #livewellbakeoften.