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Blueberry Compote (3 Ingredients!)

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!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups


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


  • 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.


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.


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