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5 from 2 votes

Strawberry compote (strawberry sauce)

This strawberry compote (strawberry sauce) is a cinch to make and has just three ingredients. Its fresh, glossy and full of strawberry flavour. Perfect over ice cream or your other favourite desserts such as cheesecakes, waffles or even brownies.
Prep Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Austalian
Keyword: strawberry, strawberry compot, strawberry coulis, strawberry sauce, strawberry topping


  • Approx 3 cups (1.1 lbs/ 500gms) fresh ripe whole strawberries
  • ¼ cup (55gms) castor sugar or white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Remove tops from strawberries and cut into bite size pieces.
  • Add to pot with sugar and lemon juice
  • Stir in sugar and lemon juice well.
  • NB You don't need to add any water, the strawberries will release enough of their own.
  • Put on a medium heat and stir until it starts to bubble and strawberries have release a lot of there water.
  • Cover pot with a well fitted lid and cook for another 20 minutes, stiring frequently to ensure sauce does not stick or become to thick.
  • Remove from head and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken further as it cools
  • Transfer to heat proof container, cover and chill in fridge.
  • To serve pour over ice cream or your favourite dessert, or just eat it with a spoon from the jar! Delicious!


Use fresh, ripe strawberries for this recipe.  Jamming strawberries are fine.
Strawberries can vary in sweetness so taste and adjust the amount of suggar added as needed.