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Easy Strawberry Topping” – Sweet, juicy sauce perfect for pancakes, ice cream & more! Homemade in minutes.


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
  • ¼ cup white sugar, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Combine strawberries, sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch together in a small bowl.
  4. Whisk cornstarch mixture into strawberry mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Transfer mixture to a blender and puree until smooth.
Melissa Goff

Editor’s Note

Chef John serves this sauce over his New York-Style Cheesecake.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:6

Nutrition Facts

  • 53 Calories
  • 0g Fat
  • 13g Carbs
  • 0g Protein