Sweet, fresh blueberries cook down into a delicious sauce with this easy blueberry compote recipe. Whip it up during peak season this summer, then use it as a perfect topping for ice cream, waffles, and more!

Looking for a simple blueberry compote recipe? You’ve found it! Check out this post to get step by step tutorials on how to make this delicious blueberry sauce.

Blueberry compote in a jar, surrounded by cooking supplies

If you find yourself with several cups of blueberries on hand, now you know what to do with them: make blueberry compote!

Compote is one of my favorite ways to use any fresh fruit. It’s a great alternative to blueberry syrup or jam, made with simple ingredients, and can have as much or as little sugar as you want!

You also might like this raspberry compote or apple compote! For more blueberry recipes try these gluten-free blueberry scones or gluten-free blueberry cobbler. Check out this full post on how to make fruit compote!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Comes together in just a couple of minutes
  • Uses fresh fruit
  • Versatile and adaptable

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are all of the ingredients needed to make this simple blueberry compote recipe.

Blueberry compote ingredients, including fresh blueberries, a lemon cut in half, and white sugar
  • Blueberries: Sweet ripe blueberries are the key to a delicious compote! Check out the variations above for how to adapt this recipe for frozen berries. 
  • White sugar: Granulated sugar adds a bit of sweetness. Make sure to adjust as needed depending on the sweetness of your berries. 
  • Lemon: Lemon juice and lemon zest add a subtle brightness and acidity to the compote. Plus, lemon and blueberry are a match made in heaven!

How to Make Blueberry Compote

Fresh bueberries in a pot, and blueberries cooked down in a pot
  • Add all of the ingredients (blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest) to a small saucepan or medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir to combine. 
  • Cook the mixture for 8-10 minutes, or until the berries have broken down and the compote begins to thicken. Make sure to stir often so the compote doesn’t scorch. 
  • When the compote is your desired thickness, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Enjoy this compote with ice cream, waffles, or yogurt. 

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover compote in an airtight container (such as a Mason jar) in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Blueberries cooking down in a pot on the stove

Recipe Variations

  • Frozen blueberries: This blueberry compote recipe can easily be made with frozen blueberries! Just follow the same directions as above, but cook the mixture for an additional 2-3 minutes in Step 2. No need to thaw the blueberries– just add them to the saucepan still frozen!
  • Sweetener: Depending on the sweetness of your berries, you may not need the granulated sugar (or you may need a little more than listed above). Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste.
  • Omitting Lemon: Don’t want to use the hint of lemon? No problem– just leave it out. The recipe will still be delicious!
  • Thickness: Want a thicker, jam-like consistency? Whisk together 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water, then add it to the berries after Step 2.
A stack of waffles on a plate, with blueberry compote on top

What to Serve with Blueberry Compote

Blueberry fruit compote can be served as a topping or filling in so many different dishes! Anything you might serve with fresh berries can be served with fresh blueberry compote instead.

Here are a few ideas of what to serve it with:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • French toast
  • Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • On top of biscuits
  • On top of cheesecake
  • In blueberry muffins
  • In overnight oats
  • Over pound cake

We also love this compote over gluten-free no-bake cheesecake or traditional gluten-free cheesecake!

Recipe FAQ

How long does blueberry compote last?

If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, compote lasts up to five days.

How do you thicken berry compote?

Thicken your compote by whisking together 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water, then add it to the berries after they have broken down over the stove.

Can you freeze blueberry compote?

Yes, you can store compote in the freezer for up to three months. Be sure to use a freezer bag or container, then thaw overnight in the fridge or over the stovetop before eating.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Types of berries: This easy compote recipe can be made using fresh blueberries from the grocery store, wild blueberries, or frozen berries.
  • Sweetener: You can omit the sugar if you want a healthier compote. (If your blueberries are at peak ripeness, you may not even need sugar!) You can also sweeten your compote with honey, instead.
Blueberry compote in a jar, with teaspoons and measuring cups surrounding the jar

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try this compote, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

Blueberries cooking down in a pot on the stove
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Blueberry Compote (3 Ingredients!)

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 cups
Sweet, fresh blueberries cook down into a delicious sauce with this easy blueberry compote recipe. Whip it up during peak season this summer, then use it as a perfect topping for ice cream, waffles, and more!

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces 3 standard packages fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients (blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest) to a saucepan set over medium heat. Stir to combine.
  • Cook the mixture for 8-10 minutes, or until the berries have broken down and the compote begins to thicken. Make sure to stir often so the compote doesn’t scorch.
  • When the compote is your desired thickness, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Enjoy this compote with ice cream, waffles, or yogurt.

Notes

STORAGE: Store any leftover compote in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
  • Frozen blueberries: This blueberry compote recipe can easily be made with frozen blueberries! Just follow the same directions as above, but cook the mixture for an additional 2-3 minutes in Step 2. No need to thaw the blueberries– just add them to the saucepan still frozen!
  • Sweetener: Depending on the sweetness of your berries, you may not need the granulated sugar (or you may need a little more than listed above). Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste.
  • Omitting Lemon: Don’t want to use the hint of lemon? No problem– just leave it out. The recipe will still be delicious!
  • Thickness: Want a thicker, jam-like consistency? Whisk together 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water, then add it to the berries after Step 2.

Nutrition

Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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