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Simple Strawberry Syrup Recipe

My family loves toppings on pancakes and ice cream and more. This fresh strawberry syrup recipe is quick and easy and works beautifully on just about anything and everything.

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Strawberry season is right around the corner, and my family loves to pick strawberries. We head out to a local farm near us and spend a couple hours getting as many fresh, juicy berries as we can.

When we get home, everyone scatters, and that’s when I inevitably realize we have way too many strawberries on our hands.

Freshly picked strawberries

We eat a ton, I make strawberry curd every year, and my family begs for a fresh strawberry pie, too. I started making frozen strawberry lemonades for dessert a couple weeks ago, and everyone adores those.

Homemade strawberry curd as a snack

Eventually, I need to use up a bunch of strawberries fast though. It happens every year.

That’s when I turn to this strawberry syrup. It isn’t so thick as a jam, so it remains pourable when you warm it up to use it as a breakfast or dessert topping with a delicious fresh berry flavor.

Looking overhead at a jar of strawberry syrup.

How do I use this syrup?

Keep the finished syrup in the fridge. When you want to use it, you can use it cold or warmed up again. Warm it gently in the microwave or over low heat on the stove.

I enjoy it straight from the fridge over ice cream as a fun sundae.

Strawberry ice cream sundae

When we make pancakes or French toast, this is great warmed up and spooned atop them.

You can also add this as is to lemonade to make a strawberry lemonade, mix it into ice cream as a flavoring, or top angel food cake with it. We also loooooove to use this to make strawberry milkshakes with vanila ice cream and a little milk and vanilla extract.

Have fun and enjoy it, no matter how you use it.

Can I use frozen strawberries to make this syrup?

I usually use fresh strawberries, but you can absolutely use frozen strawberries. Thaw them in the fridge or microwave first, as they can scorch if you put them straight into a warm pot.

Frozen strawberries will take longer if they’re still cold, but they will also be softer in texture than fresh strawberries.

How ripe should my strawberries be?

You for sure want to use ripe strawberries. The more ripe they are, the sweeter they are, so you may need or want to adjust the amount of sugar if you have super ripe strawberries.

I always taste a strawberry or two before I start making the syrup to see how sweet they are and make the adjustment then.

This recipe is perfect for those strawberries that are a day or two before they get moldy but are “too ripe” for your family to eat as is. Tell me is isn’t just my family that only eats “perfect” strawberries.

This isn’t just for those about to turn fruits though. When you hit the peak of strawberry season, this recipe is amazing with them, too.

If your syrup is a little to sweet for you, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and that helps to balance it. I often add it because it makes for a brighter flavor, but it isn’t a requirement.

Is this a smooth syrup?

I like to keep the strawberry chunks in it for texture, but you can absolutely strain them out with a fine mesh strainer.

With a completely smooth syrup, this would make a perfect addition to milk for strawberry milk (remember that from when you were a kid?) or to flavor a cocktail. I see a strawberry mule very soon in my future.

This time around, however, we focused on ice cream. It’s summer, and it’s hot. Who doesn’t need a great ice cream topping?

Scoop of ice cream with strawberry syrup

Need more strawberry recipes? Check the bottom of the post for even more fun ideas.

Simple homemade strawberry syrup

Can I thicken this syrup?

You absolutely can. It’s designed to be pourable more like a maple syrup, but you may want it a little thicker. This is a personal preference.

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To thicken the fruit syrup, mix two tablespoons of cornstarch with one quarter cup of water. At the end of the cooking time, pour the cornstarch slurry into the pot and mix.

Let it simmer for another two to three minutes, and it will thicken nicely.

Tools You Need to Make Strawberry Syrup

 Homemade strawberry syrup for a sundae

How to Make This Simple Strawberry Syrup

One pound of strawberries in this recipe makes two cups of strawberry syrup (a little less if you strain out the strawberries).

This strawberry syrup recipe requires just two ingredients. Ok, three if you include water in that list.

Why add water to your syrup? This provides a medium for the strawberries and sugar to cook without burning anything.

Just like with my blueberry syrup (one of my all time most popular recipes), you need just a little water in the pot.

Wash strawberries just before making the strawberry syrup. You never want to wash strawberries in advance as they go bad faster. You don’t need to dry them, just use a shark to hull the strawberries.

Slice strawberries into halves or thirds, then place strawberries in a small heavy pot. Once you have all strawberries prepped, add the sugar and water.

Sliced strawberries on a cutting board.

Turn the heat to medium and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring periodically with your wooden spoon but not constantly.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir again. The liquid will have reduced but will still be fairly thin. It will thicken as it cools.

If you want to have a clear syrup, skim the foam from the top of the pot. This ensures your strawberry syrup’s clarity. You can also strain the strawberries from the syrup at this point if you choose.

Finished strawberry syrup in a pot

Otherwise, place the syrup into a mason jar and add the lid. Make sure to scrape the pot with a spatula to get all the yummy goodness out!

Let sit on your counter until it reaches room temperature, up to overnight. Place in the fridge and store for up to two weeks.

Before using, heat up the portion you wish to use.

Have you ever made strawberry syrup at home before?

More fun strawberry recipes:

Homemade strawberry syrup

Strawberry Syrup

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The simplest recipes make the best foods. Just two ingredients make an amazing dessert topping or syrup or pancakes or waffles. Strain the strawberries, and this clear syrup is perfect to mix into cocktails or milk, depending on your tastes!


  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 c water


  1. Wash and hull strawberries.
  2. Slice into halves or thirds, then place in a small heavy pot. Once all strawberries are prepped, add sugar and water.
  3. Turn heat to medium and stir. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring periodically.
  4. Reduce the head and simmer for 10-15 minutes, then remove from heat. The liquid will have reduced but will still be fairly thin. It will thicken as it cools.
  5. Optional: To make a clear syrup, skim foam from the top. Then strain the strawberries from the syrup. Do this if you wish to add your syrup to beverages, such as milk or cocktails.
  6. Otherwise, place unstrained syrup into a mason jar and add the lid. Let sit on counter until room temperature. Place in fridge and store for up to two weeks.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

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Dawn @ The Kitchen and a Latte

Monday 10th of June 2019

This sounds like the perfect ice cream topping :) Add some homemade whipped cream and you have an amazing sundae that probably beats the ice cream shops! We are going to be picking strawberries in a couple days so you know what I will be making!


Tuesday 12th of June 2018

Such a simple, delicious strawberry sauce! This would not last long at my house!


Tuesday 19th of June 2018

It totally is. And it's absolutely gone in my house! :)

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