Easy 3 ingredient strawberry coulis to use as a topping on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cake, cheesecake or yogurt.
The best strawberry topping that's lower in sugar, yet full of berry flavor!
How to make strawberry coulis
- Strawberries. Fresh or frozen, hulled and sliced.
- Citrus. I prefer orange, but lemon works great, too!
- Sugar. Granulated, maple syrup or honey.
- Salt. To make the berries and citrus POP.
- A small cutting board and paring knife to hull the strawberries and slice the citrus.
- A medium-sized saucepan to make the coulis in.
- Dry and wet measuring cups.
- A microplane or zester for the citrus.
- A large spoon to stir the coulis as it cooks.
- An immersion (stick) blender, a regular blender or a food processor.
- Spoons for tasting.
- A jar or bowl for storing.
- The first step is to hull and slice the strawberries.
- If you're using frozen, the hulling step is already complete and you don't even need to slice them if they're whole.
- Toss everything into the saucepan. That includes the strawberries, citrus zest and juice, sugar (of your choice) and salt.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries are very soft.
- Use an immersion (stick) blender to puree the mixture. Or, you can transfer the mixture to a standard blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Transfer the coulis to a pint-size jar and let cool.
- Place a lid on top and refrigerate up to 7 days.
- Drizzle or pour the coulis on any dessert or yogurt. Yum!
- Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 7 days.
- Place in the airtight container in the freezer up to 2 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator (do not refreeze).
Ingredient Substitutions & Alterations
- Instead of strawberries: Use any berry (blackberries, blueberries, rasperries or a mix), dark sweet cherries, peaches or mangoes. Really any fruit will work.
- Use your favorite citrus: Orange, lemon or even lime would be delightful.
- Use your choice of sweetener: Granulated sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, monkfruit extract - it's your choice!
- To make it gluten free: This recipe is naturally gluten free!
- To make it dairy free: This recipe is naturally dairy free!
- To make it vegan: This recipe is naturally vegan and plant-based, just skip the honey and use an alternative sweetener.
What to use if you don't have an immersion blender
- You can transfer the strawberry coulis mixture to a regular blender or food processor to puree it.
- A small nutrabullet-type gadget will work, too.
Make strawberry coulis into ice cubes!
Pour the strawberry mixture into the wells of an ice cube tray and freeze.
Here are a few ways to use the strawberry coulis ice cubes:
- Ice cubes in any beverage, such as sparkling water, infused water, soda or mocktails/cocktails
- Blend them into your favorite fruit smoothie
- Blend them to make frozen mocktails, cocktails or desserts, such as granita
- You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for this recipe. If using fresh, be sure to hull them. If using frozen, they are ready to go into the pot.
- Remember that you can use any fruit - fresh or frozen - for this recipe. Measure for measure!
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- Strawberry Chia Jam
- Chocolate Overnight Oats & Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits
- Spinach, Strawberry and Fennel Salad
- Raspberry Mango Arborio Rice Pudding
- Strawberry Banana Cashew Smoothie
- Italian Ricotta Cheesecake
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
- Mini Strawberry Shortcake Stacks
Easy 3 ingredient lower sugar strawberry coulis to use as a topping on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cake, cheesecake or yogurt. The best strawberry topping that's lower in sugar, yet full of berry flavor!
- Prep Time: 5-10 mins
- Cook Time: 10-15 mins
- Total Time: 15-25 mins
- Yield: Makes 1 pint (8, ¼ cup servings) 1x
- Category: Sauce, Dessert
- Method: Stove-Top
- Cuisine: French, American
- 1-pound fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 2 ¼ cups)
- Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon or ½ medium orange (about ¼ cup)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar, maple syrup or honey
- Pinch coarse salt
- Place the strawberries, lemon or orange zest and juice, sugar, maple syrup or honey and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries are very soft.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the coulis until smooth, adding a few tablespoons of water if needed. Alternatively, transfer the strawberry mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth.
- Transfer the coulis to an airtight container, let cool, then refrigerate up to 7 days.
Substitution Tip: Use any berry, dark sweet cherries, peaches or mango instead of strawberries.
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 53
- Sugar: 11g
- Sodium: 16mg
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 14g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: berry, berries, dessert, topping