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Chunky Strawberry Sauce

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Forget that excessively sweet strawberry sauce you've bought in a bottle! You need to make this chunkier version instead. It's got far more depth of flavour and a lot more texture

Written By Brad Archer


I’ve said it before on Sauce 52: I much prefer a thicker, chunky sauce. I want my food to have texture. And that’s why I’ve created this chunky strawberry sauce. To replace those all too often silky smooth sauces you can pick up at the shops.

Close up of thick, sticky and chunky strawberry sauce

You can use this wherever you’d use your usual strawberry sauce. It’s got a good helping of sugar in it, however, so avoid using it for breakfast. It’s a treat. So pour it over waffles, pancakes, ice creams and cakes.

What’s In Chunky Strawberry Sauce?

The first ingredient is fairly obvious! But, there are a few other things you’ll need if you want to pack this sauce with plenty of flavour.

  • 500 g fresh strawberries: Their natural sweetness and slight tartness create a balanced base for the sauce. The quality of your strawberries can significantly affect the sauce’s taste, so choose ripe strawberries.
  • 1 cinnamon stick: Cinnamon adds a subtle warmth to the sauce without overpowering the sweetness of the strawberries. You could opt for a vanilla pod or a couple of star anise instead.
  • Zest of 1 orange: Orange zest adds a citrus note to the sauce.
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves: Mint is a wonderful addition that introduces a refreshing, cooling element. It’s a classic pairing with strawberries too!
  • 100 g caster sugar: Caster sugar is finer than granulated sugar, which helps it dissolve more easily into the sauce, ensuring a smooth texture without grittiness.
  • 2 tbsp water: Water is added to help cook the strawberries without burning them. It creates a bit of steam and moisture in the pan.

How to Make Chunky Strawberry Sauce

Step 1: Hull and halve the strawberries. If they’re quite large, you might want to quarter them. They will reduce it size a little when cooking so don’t cut them too small. You’re also looking to retain some texture – you want it chunky, remember!

Hulling and quatering strawberries on a wooden chopping board

Step 2: Add the strawberries, cinnamon stick, orange zest, mint leaves, sugar, and water to the saucepan. Give it a quick stir to ensure all of the ingredients are evenly distributed in the pan. Gently bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Strawberry quarters, mint, sugar, lemon in a pot over an electric hob

Step 3: Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft and the sauce thickens slightly. Remember, it will thicken more upon cooling. The strawberries should still have a slightly bit to them but will need to be mostly soft.

Strawberries cooking down in a pot with a cinnamon stick

Step 4: Remove from heat and take out the cinnamon stick. You can either leave the sauce chunky or mash it slightly. But, please don’t get the blender out!

Bowl of chunky strawberry sauce with a gold spoon

If you want an even more adult strawberry sauce then try my Roasted Strawberry Sauce which is laced with balsamic vinegar.

Substitutes and Tweaks

Make this sauce adult-only by cooking with the strawberries with a splash of rum or brandy.

Black pepper and strawberries work well together so give this sauce a little warmth with a pinch of pepper.

Switch out the mint for a different herb. Strawberry and basil is a classic combo but a thyme spring would be good also.

Give this sauce a little more acidity by cooking the strawberries down with a squeeze of lemon juice or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

How to Store Chunky Strawberry Sauce

This recipe makes enough to serve 6 to 10 people, depending on how you’ll use it. The good news is that it does store fairly well both in the fridge and the freezer:

How Do You Store Chunky Strawberry Sauce in the Fridge?

Store your chunky strawberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This method ensures the sauce retains its flavour and freshness. Remember to let the sauce cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

How Long Does Chunky Strawberry Sauce Last in the Fridge?

Your chunky strawberry sauce should last in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days. Make sure it’s stored in an airtight container to maintain its quality.

How Do You Freeze Chunky Strawberry Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze the chunky strawberry sauce. Place it in a freezer-safe container or bag, leaving some space for expansion. This method significantly extends its shelf life significantly as it will keep for 3 to 4 months.

How Do You Defrost Chunky Strawberry Sauce?

To defrost chunky strawberry sauce, transfer it from the freezer to the fridge and let it thaw overnight. For a quicker method, place the container in a bowl of cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes until thawed. Avoid using a microwave.

Chunky Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Chunky Strawberry Sauce Recipe

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Course: SidesCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy


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Forget that excessively sweet strawberry sauce you’ve bought in a bottle! You need to make this chunkier version instead. It’s got far more depth of flavour and a lot more texture


  • 500 g 500 Fresh Strawberries

  • 1 1 Cinnamon Stick

  • 1 1 Orange, Zest Only

  • Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves

  • 100 g 100 Caster Sugar

  • 2 tbsp 2 Water


  • Hull and either halve or quarter the strawberries, keeping in mind they’ll reduce in size when cooked but should still be chunky.
  • Combine strawberries, cinnamon, orange zest, mint leaves, sugar, and water in the saucepan. Stir gently and heat until it simmers.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes until strawberries soften and sauce thickens, noting it will thicken more as it cools. Strawberries should be mostly soft but retain some bite.
  • Remove from heat, remove the cinnamon stick, and decide whether to leave the sauce chunky or mash it a bit, avoiding the use of a blender.

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