Super Simple Strawberry Compote

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This Super Simple Strawberry Compote takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and is the perfect way to use up all those ripe berries from the garden or the farmer's market! Pair with vanilla ice cream or crunchy waffles for a tasty treat your family will love!


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  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Add berries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir to combine and cook over medium to medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Let cool for about 10 minutes then serve with vanilla ice cream or waffles!



  • The sauce should be simmering gently throughout the cooking process. If it is simmer vigorously, turn the heat down to medium low or even low. I find that with a gas stove, medium heat much hotter than with an electric stove so use your judgement. A nice gentle simmer is going to help thicken the sauce and not break down the berries too much.
  • The consistency of this sauce is up to you! If you want a chunky consistency, you can half the strawberries and even leave some of the smaller ones whole. If you want a smoother texture, cut the strawberries smaller and they will break down in the compote, or gently mash them as it cooks.
  • For extra lemon flavor, try adding 1-2 teaspoons of lemon zest! This will give you a much more fresh, lemony flavor which pairs well with vanilla ice cream. Sometimes I like add this compote to sparkling water to make a strawberry "soda" as well!
  • You can use whatever berry you have on hand for this recipe! I've tried it with blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries - and even a mix of all 3. Also, frozen berries work well too - but I prefer the flavor of fresh berries!
  • If you want a super thick compote, combine 2 teaspoons corn starch with 4 teaspoons water and add that to the pot at the beginning of the cooking process. This will give you a thicker compote.