Smooth, bright, and refreshing! This easy, fruity raspberry coulis with a hint of lemon is the perfect dessert sauce for flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, ice cream and more.

Ready to make an amazing raspberry coulis recipe in minutes? Let’s do it! Check out my tips for making this delicious sauce in five minutes or less.

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This raspberry coulis could not be easier, or more delicious! With only four ingredients and five minutes of cooking time, this coulis is the perfect sauce to whip up for any occasion.

Raspberry coulis is a smooth, refreshing sauce that has a tart sweetness and hint of bright lemon. It pairs perfectly with a rich and fudgy chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and so much more.

More good news: the raspberry coulis recipe is naturally gluten-free!

Here are just a few pairing ideas for this dessert sauce:

  • Pound cake
  • Angel food cake
  • French toast
  • Vanilla cake filling
  • Lemon cheesecake
  • Pancakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Ice cream
  • Flourless cake

I love that this coulis seems fancy, but comes together so quickly and easily. Make it for brunch or dessert, and your guests are sure to be impressed!

Enjoy this raspberry coulis recipe as a topping for my flourless chocolate torte, gluten free pancakes, or lemon posset.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • 3 simple ingredients
  • Smooth and refreshing
  • Bright and fruity flavor
  • Cooks in 5 minutes

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Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this raspberry coulis recipe:

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  • Lemon: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds brightness and acidity to the coulis. Make sure it’s freshly squeezed—it really makes a difference in the flavor! Lemon zest enhances the flavor even more and makes the sweet berries really shine!
  • Raspberries: I like to use fresh berries for this recipe, but frozen berries will work if that’s all you have on hand.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds a bit of sweetness to the sauce. I recommend tasting your berries before you make the coulis and adjusting the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your berries. You may not need any at all, or you may need up to ¼ cup. 

How to Make Raspberry Coulis

Raspberries, sugar, and lemon zest in a sauce pan
  • Add the raspberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a medium or small saucepan. Using a fork or pastry blender, mash the berries until they begin to release their juices. 
Raspberries cooking in a sauce pan
  • Set the pan over medium heat and bring the sauce to a simmer.
Cooked down raspberries in a sauce pan
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the berries have broken down. 
Raspberry coulis in a strainer over a glass bowl
  • To get a smooth sauce, place a fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof bowl and pour the raspberry coulis through the sieve. Use the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula to gently stir the sauce and force it through the sieve. Discard the raspberry seeds. 
Raspberry coulis in a glass bowl
  • Allow the fresh raspberry coulis to cool completely before enjoying.

Storage Instructions

Store this homemade raspberry sauce in an airtight container or Mason jar in the fridge for up to seven days.

We love to serve this raspberry coulis with gluten-free cheesecake, gluten-free no-bake cheesecake and gluten-free angel food cake!

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FAQs

What is raspberry coulis made of?

This raspberry sauce recipe is made from three simple ingredients: sugar, lemon zest and juice, and fresh raspberries.

What makes a sauce a coulis?

A coulis is a French sauce made from fruit (or vegetables) that have been pureed and strained. It can be served warm, cold, or room temperature. This raspberry coulis recipe is my personal favorite!

Does fruit coulis need to be cooked?

No, the fruit doesn’t technically need to be cooked in a simple raspberry coulis, but doing so will help bring out the flavor and create a richer sauce.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Use frozen berries: This fruity topping can be made with frozen berries if that’s what you have on hand! Simply skip the mashing in Step 1 and increase the cook time to 8-10 minutes. 
  • Add sugar to taste: I recommend tasting your berries before you make this raspberry coulis recipe and adjusting the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your berries– you may not need any at all or you may need up to ¼ cup.
  • Use a sugar substitute: Don’t want to use refined sugar? No problem! Just swap it for honey or agave. 
  • Choose another citrus flavor: I love the combination of raspberry and lemon in this raspberry coulis recipe, but you could change the flavor of the sauce slightly by using freshly squeezed orange juice and zest. You could also leave the citrus out entirely. (Just make sure to replace the lemon juice with two tablespoons of water.)
  • Add a bit of alcohol: If you’d like to add a bit of alcohol to this raspberry coulis recipe, try adding ½ ounce of orange liqueur or limoncello in Step 4. 
Flourless chocolate torte with raspberry coulis on top

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3-Ingredient Raspberry Coulis

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 servings
Smooth, bright, and refreshing! This easy, fruity raspberry coulis with a hint of lemon is the perfect dessert sauce for flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, ice cream and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 package 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions 

  • Add the raspberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a medium saucepan. Using a fork or pastry blender, mash the berries until they begin to release their juices.
  • Set the pan over medium heat and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved and the berries have broken down.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a heatproof bowl and pour the raspberry coulis through the sieve. Use a spoon to gently stir the sauce and force it through the sieve. Discard the seeds.
  • Allow the sauce to cool completely before enjoying.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
  • Use frozen berries: This fruity topping can be made with frozen berries if that’s what you have on hand! Simply skip the mashing in Step 1 and increase the cook time to 8-10 minutes. 
  • Add sugar to taste: I recommend tasting your berries before you make this raspberry coulis recipe and adjusting the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your berries– you may not need any at all or you may need up to ¼ cup.
  • Use a sugar substitute: Don’t want to use refined sugar? No problem! Just swap it for honey or agave. 
  • Choose another citrus flavor: I love the combination of raspberry and lemon in this raspberry coulis recipe, but you could change the flavor of the sauce slightly by using freshly squeezed orange juice and zest. You could also leave the citrus out entirely. (Just make sure to replace the lemon juice with two tablespoons of water.)
  • Add a bit of alcohol: If you’d like to add a bit of alcohol to this raspberry coulis recipe, try adding ½ ounce of orange liqueur or limoncello in Step 4. 

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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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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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Used this recipe for Chocolate cake and it turned out so delicious! I love that it’s gluten free too, what a great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this to go on top of my classic cheesecake and wow! Took it to the next level. Going to make this again to try on some chocolate cake next. Great recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This was incredible! I made this to drizzle on a chocolate dessert that I made and it was fabulous! Thank you!

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