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Sweet and smooth strawberry sauce for all of your dessert topping needs! It’s perfect on ice cream, cake, yogurt and more!

The only thing that makes desserts better than they already are is a little SAUCE and toppings! Especially if you’re doing an ice cream bar, you’ll definitely want some homemade chocolate fudge sauce, white chocolate fudge sauce, or this strawberry sauce!

Strawberry Sauce over a bowl of vanilla ice cream

Homemade Fruit Topping

What’s better than a bowl of ice cream? A bowl of ice cream with homemade strawberry sauce on top! SO GOOD. This topping is a must when you’re eating ice cream—especially vanilla! Perfect dessert for eating on a warm summers night in your backyard.

This strawberry fruit topping is just the right amount of sweet and tart. It’s not overpowering, but gives a great strawberry flavor to whatever it’s being added to.

Yes, you can buy this is in the store, but you can’t beat homemade. Plus, this recipe is beyond simple!

Fresh strawberries cooking in a skillet

How to Make Strawberry Sauce

CHOP & HEAT. Start by chopping up one pint of strawberries. Combine the strawberries, sugar and vanilla in a sauce pan. Cook everything together on medium-high heat. Stir the mixture occasionally for about 15 minutes. You want the juices to form and the sauce to thicken up a bit.

PUREE. Remove the strawberry sauce from the heat. Puree about 1/2 of the sauce and then mix back with the remaining strawberries.

STORE. Keep the sauce refrigerated until serving. Make sure to store it in an airtight container. I like to use mason jars with a tight lid to store ours!

Can it be made ahead? Make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for upcoming summer parties! It will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge. You can also keep this in a freezer-safe container for 6-8 months and use it whenever you’re ready.

Homemade strawberry sauce cooking in a skillet

What to use Sauce for?

The possibilities are basically endless for this delicious homemade strawberry sauce. I can think of so many things to serve it with. Here are some ideas:

Let us know what you like to serve it over, and we can add it to the list!

Simple strawberry sauce over vanilla ice cream

We hope you love this recipe. You may also want to try our hot fudge sauce, which is just as good!

For more strawberry desserts, check out:

5 from 7 votes

Strawberry Sauce Recipe

By: Lil' Luna
Sweet and smooth strawberry sauce for all of your dessert topping needs! It's perfect on ice cream, cake, yogurt and more!
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • Combine chopped strawberries, sugar and vanilla in a sauce pan. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until juices form and sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and puree about 1/2 the sauce, then mix back with the remaining strawberries. Keep refrigerated until serving.


Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Potassium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 34.8mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Can’t believe how easy this is to make! I am more of a chocolate person, but my hubby & kids love strawberry. I love that I can use my strawberries up & have this on hand for them!