How to Make Strawberry Puree

The easiest strawberry sauce for all your favorite desserts! Simple Strawberry Puree is made with just a couple ingredients and two minutes….and it’s fantastic on ice cream, angel food cake, in your yogurt, sweeten your smoothie and more!

Blue spoon drizzling strawberry puree over an angel food cake on a white plate.

Strawberry season is winding down but that doesn’t mean we can’t preserve the fresh summer flavor to enjoy all year long.  I LOVE to add bright, fresh strawberry flavor to a lot of my recipes and not just limit it to summer so we always make Strawberry Puree this time of year to have in the freezer for a fresh taste of summer.

We didn’t get to go strawberry picking this year because the season seemed to fly by so quickly but isn’t that how summer always works? Summer just didn’t hang around quite as long as I’d like because 

This easy Strawberry Puree recipe comes together in seconds, too! You just throw everything into your blender or food processor and whirl away for a few minutes until it’s smooth.  And voila….you have a sweet Strawberry sauce to use on anything you want.

Strawberries in a ceramic blue and white berry container.

I even used to make strawberry puree for an easy baby food recipe that my son just LOVED!  And I could make it in just a few seconds, as smooth or as chunky as I like. You can make a big batch and either stash it in the refrigerator or freeze it for later.

How to Make Strawberry Puree

This recipe for Strawberry Puree is so simple to make and takes virtually no time at all. All you need are three ingredients….strawberries, sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

You can make your strawberry puree using fresh or frozen strawberries (here’s how I freeze FRESH strawberries) for great results…there’s really not much difference in flavor or texture one you make the strawberry sauce.

Strawberries in the bowl of a blender.

To make strawberry puree:

  1. Place the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.
  2. Puree the berries until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the strawberry puree to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. OR FREEZE your strawberry puree for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Overhead shot of pureed berries in the bowl of a food processor.

The strawberry puree will be on the thinner side, like a loose strawberry sauce and is perfect for filling your favorite cakes and cupcakes.  Drizzle a bit of sauce over your favorite cheesecake or stir into a refreshing drink like lemonade.

Strawberry puree being poured into a bowl.

How to Reduce Strawberry Sauce

If you want a thicker Strawberry Puree you can easily reduce it on the stovetop in a large saucepan.

  1. Place the strawberry puree in a large saucepan and stir in 1 cup of water.
  2. Bring the puree to a boil over medium heat and then turn the heat to medium.
  3. Continue to simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and reduced by 1/2.

Thickened Strawberry Puree is fantastic served over pancakes and waffles for a simple but elegant breakfast!

Angel food cake with strawberry puree overtop.

How to Remove the Seeds from Strawberry Puree

If you want an even smoother sauce you can strain out the seeds from your strawberry puree using a fine mesh sieve.  Some smaller seeds may sneak through the wholes of the sieve but most of them will be strained out.  

For an even smoother strawberry puree, line you mesh sieve with cheesecloth and strain your puree by pouring it through the cheesecloth and press it down with a rubber spatula.

Strawberry puree on a white plate.

How Long Does Fruit Puree Last

You can store this puree in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

You can also FREEZE your strawberry puree in an airtight and freezer safe container for up to 3 months. To use frozen fruit puree, simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight or heat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds, stirring after 20 seconds.

Strawberry puree in a jar on a blue background.

How to Use Strawberry Puree

My favorite ways to use strawberry puree is over a simple, store-bought angel food cake but here are some other things that your sauce can add some extra flavor to:

New York Cheesecake slice on a blue plaid plate with the whole cake in the background on a white cake plate.

You can also use this simple sauce to serve over grilled pork for a savory twist on the sweet strawberries we all love.  It’s surprisingly amazing and I think EVERYONE should try a little fruit puree on their grilled meats this summer….what do you think?

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Strawberry puree being poured into a bowl.

How to Make Strawberry Puree

Course: Condiment, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: puree, strawberry puree
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 47 kcal
Author: Kellie

Simple and easy Strawberry Puree is ready in minutes and doubles as a fabulous sauce!

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups strawberries hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor or blender.

    Strawberries in the bowl of a blender.
  2. Puree the strawberries for 1 minutes.

    Overhead shot of pureed berries in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and process for another minute or until the strawberries are smooth.

    Strawberry puree being poured into a bowl.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

Strawberry puree can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

You can also freeze your strawberry puree in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Strawberry Puree
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 9IU0%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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