Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 Ingredient Homemade Strawberry Syrup

3 Ingredient Homemade Strawberry Syrup is a luscious fresh strawberry sauce ready in just 15 minutes! This is the perfect simple recipe to get your taste buds talking this summer.

Strawberry season is upon us and as I find myself making batch after batch of jams and sauces I knew I had to share this recipe with you. My favorite memory with this syrup goes back a few years...

At a blogger brunch we hosted a few years back we set up a fantastic pancake bar. There were tons of topping options and several recipe suggestions. One of the most popular recipes was the Very Berry Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes. Everyone loved all of the combinations, but my then 3 year old (now 5) went absolutely crazy over this strawberry syrup.

We made her a stack of strawberry shortcake pancakes with this scrumptious syrup drizzled over them. A simplified version of the very decadent pancakes previously mentioned.  You may have caught that photo on Instagram

It was so good the family called for an encore, resulting in an awesome pancake Sunday the very next day and pretty much every Sunday for the next 2 months.

Well, as we all loved this homemade strawberry syrup so much, we found ourselves using on everything and creating recipes with it like this Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu.  Although I must say eating it off a spoon is perfectly delicious.

No matter how you eat it, you are going to fall in love with this summertime staple.


With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO


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3 Ingredient Homemade Strawberry Syrup

10 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Min

1/2 pound ripe strawberries, washed and hulled
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
In a medium saucepan combine strawberries and sugar.  Smash strawberries and turn heat to medium.  Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 10 minutes without a cover.
Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.  Enjoy warm on pancakes.  Allow to cool to room temperature before using for ice cream and cocktails.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2013 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 5/10/13 - updated


  1. There have been so many strawberry recipes on the blogs this week that it's nice to see them used in a different way- I've never made any kind of syrup, but this sounds so easy! And strawberry + vanilla? I'm in!

    (Off to wipe the drool from my face...)

  2. I'm loving these syrups, Donna, especially that orange amaretto! I love to experiment with unusual pancake recipes, and sometimes maple just doesn't work...

  3. I think I am going to use the strawberry syrup for my cupcakes filling

  4. I made this syrup this past Sunday... wow was it good! I only made enough for three servings, but it was well worth it. Definitely will be making more!

  5. Im going to try this as my Grand girls and I love strawberries and this would be great on some cream cheese pancakes!!!!! I'll let ya know how it comes out.

  6. Super easy recipe. I didn't care for the vanilla flavor in the strawberries, so I made another batch with just sugar and strawberries and it was wonderful. To each his own!

    1. Another favorite variation is using orange juice in place of the vanilla. It gives it a fabulous depth and brightness. Thanks for stopping by!



  7. Can you trade off with a sugar substitute?? Thanks!!

    1. I have never tried it myself, but it makes perfect sense. Use a sugar substitute that you have cooked with before. Splenda cooks well and I have heard Swerve cooks very well too. Let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

  8. Is there a way to use different fruits like blueberries, raspberries or a mixture of berries?

  9. Can you replace the strawberries with a different fruit such as blueberries, raspberries and/or mixed fruits?

  10. Can I freeze this in the jars? How long will it last in the refrigerator? I love your site!

  11. Can I freeze this in the jars? How long will it last in the refrigerator?

  12. hi there, I was wondering how long this would be good stored in the refrigerator, can it be frozen once made?

  13. I know I'd use this on ice-cream! Pinning it!


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