Homemade strawberry syrup

Simple Strawberry Syrup Recipe

June 11, 2018 by Michelle

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My family loves toppings on pancakes and ice cream and more. This strawberry syrup recipe is quick and easy and works beautifully on just about anything and everything. This post has some affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Strawberry ice cream sundae

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.

Two ingredient strawberry syrup

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

Tools You Need to Make Strawberry Syrup


Homemade strawberry syrup for a sundae

How to Make the Simplest 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.

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

Boil gently for 10 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.

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:

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. Boil for 10 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: 33 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.

Two ingredient strawberry syrup recipe. Simplest and best tasting recipe for pancakes or ice cream and everything in between.

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  • Liz

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

    • Michelle

      It totally is. And it’s absolutely gone in my house! 🙂

  • Dawn @ The Kitchen and a Latte

    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!

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