Strawberry Syrup Dessert Topping

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Strawberry Syrup is a fruity, sweet dessert topping, and lick-your-fingers good! With just 3 ingredients, you can make a batch in a flash!!

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This recipe is one to keep on hand for strawberry picking season; you can use it all through the spring and summer for your desserts. It’s a fantastic topping for vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, shortcake, or even on a slice of dump cake!

With only 3 ingredients, you won’t find an easier way to cater to your sweet tooth!

Strawberry Syrup

This strawberry topping comes together in just 15 minutes and is the perfect addition to any sweet treat. Just stir everything together on the stove and voila! A yummy, fresh fruit topping at your disposal.

I also have a divinely rich caramel sauce that can be made at home in no time! Jar some of it up and keep it in the refrigerator for a go-to sweet spread.

If you have any extra strawberries, I recommend trying your hand at a number of my other recipes that feature the berries as a main ingredient. You could make this cheesecake trifle or this icebox cake. I even have a recipe for strawberry frozen dog treats!

ingredients on cutting board for strawberry sauce recipe

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Get it nice and smooth. Strain the berries and discard them before pouring the remaining sauce into a container. Or, throw everything in the blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Mashing kitchen hack! Use a potato masher to mash the berries; It’s a great alternative to using a wooden spoon.
  • Use any fruit. You can easily swap in blueberries or raspberries or try a combination if you’d like!
  • Berries not in season? While this can affect the sweetness of your berries and ultimately your final product, there’s no need to worry! Add a bit of extra sugar to taste to have it be deliciously sweet.
  • Want to make a larger batch? This recipe produces about 1 cup, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. Keep extra on hand for later or give it out as gifts.
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Other Uses for Strawberry Topping

Aside from being a fantastic dessert sauce, strawberry syrup can be used as a simple syrup for cocktails or to make other dessert sauces.

Add a cup of water to the saucepan to make a strawberry simple syrup. Keep it on hand to blend perfectly into your favorite adult drinks, like a daiquiri or mojito!

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strawberry puree cooking in saucepan

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Medium saucepan – This one heats evenly and is easy to clean, too.
  • Sturdy wooden spoon – Use this to mash up the strawberries and stir everything together.
  • Mason jars – I absolutely love these for storing, prepping ingredients, as drinking glasses, and especially canning. Plus, they will make your leftovers look super cute!
  • Vanilla bean paste – one of my favorite ingredients. It adds beautiful specs of vanilla beans to your recipe along with incredible vanilla flavor.

Strawberry Syrup FAQ

How do I make strawberry syrup thicker or thinner?

To thicken it up, follow the directions and simply cook it a little longer. The longer you cook it, the thicker it will become.

To make it thinner, include half a cup of water to the pan before heating. You can also double the water to a full cup to get strawberry simple syrup!

fresh strawberry syrup on wooden spoon above jar

Do I need to use fresh strawberries or can they be frozen?

You can absolutely use frozen strawberries. Just be sure to thaw them completely before getting started.

Can I make this strawberry syrup recipe ahead of time?

Yes! Store the mixture in a tightly sealed container. It will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.


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Other Fabulous Uses for Strawberries

Crockpot Berry Jam

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Panzanella Salad

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

pouring strawberry dessert sauce onto vanilla ice cream

Strawberry Syrup Dessert Topping

Donna Elick
Strawberry Syrup is a fruity, sweet dessert topping, and lick-your-fingers good! Use this 3 ingredient recipe and make a batch in a flash.
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 1 cup


  • 2 cups 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. Use a potato masher to smash strawberries, then turn heat to medium. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes without a cover.
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

  1. Because serving sizes vary, nutrition shown is for the entire batch (1 cup) of strawberry syrup. Average serving is 2-3 tablespoons.
  2. Depending on when you purchase your strawberries, if they are not in season, they may not be as sweet. Add sugar to taste if your strawberries aren’t sweet.
  3. You can make this dessert topping with other fruits. Berries work best, especially raspberries and blueberries.


Serving: 2.5tablespoons | Calories: 537cal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 123g | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2013, updated and republished February 2022

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  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 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!



    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!

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

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

  8. Have made this several times and have given as gifts as well. Also have used Almond extract in place of the vanilla

  9. 5 stars
    Everyone is always surprised when I tell them this is home made, not store bought. I’m always asked for the recipe, especially when I bring it to work meetings. Never goes without a compliment.

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