Fresh Strawberry Sauce

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This homemade strawberry sauce captures the bright flavor of summer berries and is super simple to make! Use it on cheesecake, ice cream, or to make strawberry shortcake.


  • 2 cups (14 oz) fresh strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract


Bring the strawberries, water, and sugar to boil over medium heat in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Stirring continuously, add the vanilla and lemon juice and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring regularly.

Transfer to a mason jar and set aside to cool completely.

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