This Fresh Strawberry Topping will replace whatever strawberry sauce you used to use! The strawberries themselves are not cooked, thereby maintaining all the glory of a fresh strawberry, but with all the drippy goodness of a sauce. Top your pancakes, strawberry short cake, or ice cream, you can’t go wrong! I especially love this strawberry topping for cheesecake!

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Have you ever been trapped on an airplane with a lap-baby and a 3-year-old who just wet her pants? Yeah, me neither.

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Fresh Strawberry Topping

But just hypothetically, what you should NOT do is take her all the way to the front of the plane (carting aforementioned 20-pound baby) only to be told that you can’t wait there, go to the back of the plane and wait, (shuffling slowly behind the drink dispensing flight attendant) where you wait some more while the ice-cup-filling flight attendant eyes your barefoot, pants-less child and says, “People always think there’s water on the floor of airplane bathrooms…it’s not.”

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Here male flight attendant, hold my baby, I have to lift my kid onto the toilet, WHOA, that was a BUMP– “This is the captain speaking, everyone sit down, flight attendants, get in your seats, we’re getting some turbulence” Except now you’re standing in the spot where the flight attendants’ seats fold out and you all just stare at each other with your feet spread out linebacker-like, thinking, when is this airplane going to stop earthquaking, I hope we don’t die.

This is what you should NOT do when your 3-year old wets herself on a full-capacity commercial jet. When I figure out what exactly it is that you ARE supposed to do, I will call you on the phone to tell you because this is really important information to have. Really important.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

The lady sitting next to us was super nice. She offered Charlotte a banana and even helped her put on her still-damp shoes when the plane landed. Bless you, Josie. You saved my children from being abandoned on an airplane.

I’m glad to be home. I had so much fun visiting my sister but sometimes there’s just nothing like a routine. You know?

Fresh Strawberry Topping

And can I just say, there’s nothing like this Strawberry sauce. It’s not really a sauce, per se, because the strawberries are not cooked, but it works as a sauce. It’s perfect for topping anything from ice cream, to strawberry shortcake, to cheesecake, to waffles, crepes, to your naked spoon. I really love that the strawberries are not mushy. They remain firm yet tender. The fresh lemon juice adds the perfect brightness, so don’t skip it.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Stay tuned for my post later this week which will use this Fresh Strawberry Topping. It involves pancakes but is not what you think…any guesses? (Update! Here’s the recipe for this Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake!)

Fresh Strawberry Topping

You can chop the strawberries to whatever size you want.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Grab some jam. I used seedless. Any type will do.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

Cook it up for just a couple minutes and then pour it over your strawberries.

Fresh Strawberry Topping

And it will get nice and syrupy.  Mm-mm.

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Fresh Strawberry Topping

5 from 14 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total: 38 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
This Fresh Strawberry Topping will replace whatever strawberry sauce you used to use! The strawberries themselves are not cooked, thereby maintaining all the glory of a fresh strawberry, but with all the drippy goodness of a sauce. Top your pancakes, cheesecake, ice cream, you can't go wrong! I love to use it as a Strawberry Shortcake topping!


  • 1 & 1/4 pounds strawberries, 4 cups
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam, I used Smuckers
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh


  • Hull the strawberries and slice or chop them (however big or small you want). Add them to a medium bowl and toss them with 1/4 cup sugar and a dash or two of salt. Stir together, then set aside for 30 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the strawberry jam over medium heat for abut 3 minutes, until no longer foamy.
  • Add the jam and the lemon juice to the strawberries and stir together. Let the mixture cool for about an hour. It will thicken as it cools. Serve room temperature or chilled.



Unfortunately you can’t use frozen berries in this recipe. They will end up mushy.
This sauce goes great with pancakes, waffles, french toast, cheesecake, ice cream, shortcake…it also goes great with a spoon and a mouth.
Source: the geniuses at Cook’s Illustrated


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 142
Keyword: strawberry, Topping
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    1. Hi Aileen! I’m not sure! You can just leave it out and add the sugar and lemon to the cut strawberries. Enjoy!

  1. Hi – I made this last week and making it again today. Last week I thought 2 tablespoons baking powder was a lot so I used 2 tsp and it came out fine. What is the correct measurement on the baking powder?


    1. Hi Sharon, the recipe is correct as written! I’m made these dozens of times as is :) you will get even more lift with more baking powder! no bitter taste, I promise. Make sure it’s not expired!

      1. Still confused the way you responded to the measurement for jam. Writer said “assume it’s 3/4 c.?” And you said “yes, I’ve corrected it”. But the recipe says 1/2 c.

  2. Hi There! Can’t wait to make this… did I miss the information about how long and where to store this? I just went strawberry picking and came home with a TRUCKLOAD of berries! Thanks!

    1. Hi Frances! Store it covered in the fridge. Should last at least 3-5 days. It’s best on the first day though. Enjoy!

        1. Hey Marcy! I am not experienced with canning so I’m not the best person to ask, I’m so sorry! I know there are some pretty strict safety rules for canning.

    1. Hi Sherie! I don’t know, I usually eat this within a day or two. I imagine they would last at least a week, but they won’t be as good. Enjoy!

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