Homemade Strawberry Syrup is such a delightful treat that’s perfect to drizzle on top of breakfast, desserts or even to add to cocktails! Learn how to make simple 4-ingredient strawberry syrup recipe with fresh or frozen strawberries.
This strawberry sauce recipe was originally published on May 1, 2013. The text and images of the blog post were updated and republished in March 2021.
Last year, y’all might recall how I may (or may not) have purchased several flats of strawberries and basically gorged myself on the fruit all spring. (Hello, Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette, Strawberry Lemonade Muffins, Strawberry Pudding and more.)
In case you didn’t know it, newsflash: I freaking LOVE strawberries.
The time has come again for strawberries this year, and I am so thrilled to finally share this recipe with y’all. It’s one that I adapted when we lived in Baton Rouge, and it is working like a charm on those locally grown berries we’ve been getting in our weekly baskets.
Why I love this recipe:
This Strawberry Syrup is sweet—but not so sweet—and it’s good on many things, including bread and ice cream and pretty much anything in between that needs a healthy dose of strawberry-ness in it.
And it’s pretty darn simple to make, too!
This is the type of condiment I want to keep in my fridge for the whole year because I can find excuses to eat little bites of it whenever. 😉 Also, while it needs to cook for a little bit of time, once it’s done cooking, it keeps for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
Other strawberry recipes we adore: Strawberry Scones with Strawberry Glaze recipe | Strawberry Lemonade | Strawberry Melon Salad | Strawberry Margarita | Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Need more springtime recipe inspiration? Head on over to my Spring Recipe Index for more ideas!
What you need to make homemade strawberry syrup
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In addition to these tools, you’re going to need a few simple ingredients to make strawberry syrup:
- Strawberries—my original recipe calls for fresh strawberries, but you can easily make this strawberry syrup recipe with frozen ones if your fresh ones aren’t super ripe or sweet
- Granulated sugar—for just a little bit of sweetness!
- Water—to speed along the process
- Lemon juice—for just a hint of acidity and tartness
How do you make strawberry syrup from scratch?
Measure out the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice and place them in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook at a simmer for 30 minutes.
When the mixture is nice and thick and the strawberries have completely broken down, transfer the mixture to a blender. Blend the strawberry syrup together until smooth.
Transfer to a mason jar (or another airtight storage container), and chill.Serve over desserts, yogurt and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe includes strawberries, as well as a little sugar, water and lemon juice.
This strawberry syrup recipe will last 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container.
Yes, it will eventually go bad. While the sugar acts as a preservative, it won’t last forever. I don’t recommend letting this sit in your refrigerator for more than 3 weeks.
Yes, this does need to be refrigerated after it’s cooked down.
Quick tips and tricks for the best strawberry syrup
- Store this recipe in a mason jar in the fridge. It will keep for 2-3 weeks, and you can use it on all sorts of things during that time!
- Use fresh or frozen strawberries. However, if you’re using frozen strawberries, I suggest defrosting them in the fridge before measuring and cooking this syrup recipe. Why? The frozen strawberries are hard to measure accurately.
- Add more sweetness or acidity if needed. While this recipe struck the perfect balance for my tastebuds, I know everyone’s are different. If the recipes needs extra sweetness for you, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, taste and evaluate from there. Likewise, you can do this with the lemon juice, too, but I would add it 1 teaspoon at a time.
What can I use this strawberry syrup recipe on?
There are so many things you can use this homemade strawberry syrup with! Here are a few of our favorites:
- On top of your favorite ice cream
- On your morning yogurt or swirled into a Yogurt Parfait
- In the frosting of a cake or cupcake, like Strawberry Chocolate Cake
- Swirled into champagne to create a twist on a mimosa
- Drizzled on top of Sourdough Pound Cake
- On top of this Old Fashioned Pancake Recipe or this Homemade Waffles recipe in place of maple syrup
Homemade Strawberry Syrup is such a delightful treat that's perfect to drizzle on top of breakfast, desserts or even to add to cocktails! Learn how to make simple 4-ingredient strawberry syrup recipe with fresh or frozen strawberries.
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Measure out the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil in a saucepan, and cook on a simmer for 30 minutes.
- When the mixture is nice and thick and the strawberries have completely broken down, transfer the mixture to a blender or a food processor.
- Blend the strawberry syrup together until smooth. (Be careful during this step because the syrup will be extremely hot!)
- Transfer to a mason jar (or another airtight storage container), and chill.
- Serve over desserts, yogurt and more.
You can use fresh or frozen strawberries in this recipe. It will be more complicated to get an accurate measurement on frozen strawberries if they're frozen (and the cook time will take longer), so I suggest letting the frozen strawberries defrost in the fridge, then doing the measuring.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.