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Strawberry Compote (3 Ingredients!)

This fresh strawberry compote is bright and fruity, with big chunks of fresh strawberries and just the right amount of sweetness. Use it on anything from cheesecake to ice cream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries hulled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice optional for tartness


  • Place the strawberries, sugar (and lemon juice if using) in a medium sized saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Stir the strawberries to coat them in sugar and gently mash the strawberries, just until they begin to release a bit of liquid.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook the berries for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, or until the compote is your desired thickness.
  • Allow the compote to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container.


STORAGE: This compote can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Recipe Notes
  • Thickening the compote: Make a thicker compote by mixing a tablespoon of corn starch with 1.5 tablespoons of cold water. Add the slurry into the compote mixture as it's bubbling. This thicker compote is great for fruit pies and cobbler! (Keep in mind, any compote will thicken as it cools.)
  • Other fruit compotes: This recipe can also be used to make other types of fruit compote, including blueberry, apple, or raspberry! Simply swap the fruit for the same ratio of another seasonal fruit.
  • Smoother compote: If you want a smoother texture, use a potato masher to break up the fruit as it's cooking.
  • Serving temperature: Fruit compote can be served warm or cold—it just depends on your preference!


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg