pouring strawberry coulis over ice cream with quarts of strawberries in the background

Simple Strawberry Coulis

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 3/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: French


This Simple Strawberry Coulis recipe is the easiest way to make homemade strawberry sauce. It’s one I return to every strawberry season to preserve fresh berries. I use it to top ice cream, pancakes, and even chocolate cake! It only takes a couple of basic ingredients, fresh ripe strawberries, and about 10 minutes of hands-on time. That’s all you need to make this luscious sweet treat that just sings summer!



  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup to ¾ cup sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir strawberries, sugar (or other sweetener) and lemon in a medium saucepan.
  2. Set over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Simmer until the berries start to break down and the mixture is very juicy, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender and add vanilla. Cover, and using caution puree until smooth. Alternatively, puree with an immersion blender.
  4. Transfer the coulis to a metal bowl and set over another larger bowl of ice water. Chill, by stirring often. Alternatively, chill in the refrigerator overnight. Serve cold.


Nutritional notes are for using 3/4 cup of sugar. 

Storage and Freezing

You can refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks. Store it in a jar or in a small air-tight container. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. I like to use re-usable freezer jam jars to freeze it in smaller batches and only defrost what I need.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 34
  • Sugar: 8 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
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