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Simple and Sweet Strawberry Compote

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Strawberry Compote adds the perfect finish for pancakes, a complement for vanilla ice cream and whatever else you can think to pour this over! Made with ingredients you likely have in your fridge and freezer and sweetened with honey, this strawberry compote is a simple and quick recipe that adds the perfect touch to an already lovely meal.

strawberry compote in a white bowl

This strawberry compote reminds me of summer, the epitome of all things bright and warm. That’s why it’s perfect no matter if it’s warm or ice cold outside! It will warm you from the inside-out, and bring cheer to even the gloomiest of days.

My kids go crazy over this easy strawberry compote! It’s the perfect finishing touch that makes any meal feel special. It doesn’t have to be anyone’s birthday or a holiday to whip it up, and since it keeps so well, we end up using it throughout the week for ice cream or mixed with yogurt.

This strawberry compote is sweetened with honey, and uses ingredients I almost always have on hand. My favorite kind of recipe!

Why you will love this strawberry compote:

  • It is so simple! It uses only four or five ingredients you likely already have in your fridge or freezer.
  • This recipe comes together in 20 minutes. I usually make it while my Sheet Pan Pancakes are baking!
  • The versatility! Pour it over pancakes, cool and drizzle it over ice cream, or mix it with yogurt, it’s handy to keep some on hand in the fridge.
  • You can easily adjust the amount of honey or use lemon juice, cane sugar or maple syrup.

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Strawberries- Frozen or fresh work well in this recipe. I usually prefer frozen to cut down on prep time!

Orange juice- This gives the compote an extra bit of tartness and helps the strawberries cook. Look for orange juice not from concentrate. Lemon juice can be substituted, but we almost always already have orange juice on hand!

Honey- This gives it that perfect sweetness, without added refined sugars! Feel free to substitute with maple syrup or unrefined cane sugar.

vanilla extract– Vanilla gives baked goods and sweets that perfect depth of flavor.

Non-GMO cornstarch– This is optional, though you will have to cook the strawberries longer if you don’t add the cornstarch slurry.

frozen strawberries in saucepan with different ingredients next to it.

How to make this simple Strawberry Compote

Add strawberries and orange juice to a medium saucepan. Turn to medium.

Stir frequently to keep from burning. The strawberries will release more liquid as they start to cook.

Then, with a muddler or the end of a fork, break up the bigger pieces of strawberries. Do not over mix. You want to be able to see some chunks of strawberry in the compote.

Next, add the honey, vanilla extract and a tiny pinch of salt. Taste and adjust with more honey if necessary.

Continue to cook down the strawberries for about 15 minutes. This will continue to cook down and thicken; however, you can also use cornstarch to make a slurry to thicken even more.

Slurry: With a spoon, add several tablespoons of strawberry syrup to a small bowl and let cool. Add a tablespoon of corn starch (I use non-GMO corn starch) and mix well. Add slurry to compote and bring to a boil while stirring. Turn down heat and syrup should begin to thicken.

When it’s ready, strawberry compote should coat the back of the stirring spoon just a bit. It will thicken even further as it cools.

How to store:

This will keep easily in the fridge for a week or two. It will thicken up in the fridge. Warm it up in a pan or spoon it cold over ice cream.


Start slow with the honey as you taste test. You can always add more!

How to serve:

  • Poured over Pancakes
  • Drizzled over Ice Cream sundaes
  • Topped onto Strawberry Shortcake
  • Mixed with greek yogurt (cooled)
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I hope you enjoy this simple and sweet Strawberry Compote! I’d love to know, what are you looking forward to serving this with? Comment below!

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Yield: 1.5 C

Simple and Sweet Strawberry Compote

Strawberry compote in a bowl with a spoon

Sweet, syrupy with just enough tart. This Strawberry Compote is perfect to pour over pancakes and shortcakes, mixed with yogurt or drizzled over ice cream. This recipe uses only 4-5 ingredients you likely already have and can easily be whipped up in less than 20 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp non-gmo cornstarch (optional)


  1. Place strawberries and orange juice in a small saucepan and turn to medium-low heat. Stir often to keep from sticking.
  2. Heat until strawberries start to break down and liquid reduces by about half. The compote should be thick enough to coat the back of the stirring spoon
  3. Use muddler or back of a fork to break up any big chunks of strawberries.
  4. Add honey and vanilla extract. If too tart, add more honey to taste.
  5. Optional: If strawberry compote is too thin, you can make a cornstarch slurry by adding some of the strawberry liquid to a separate cup and add 1 tbsp cornstarch. Mix well, and pour back into the saucepan and stir. Bring to a simmer and keep stirring until sauce begins to thicken.


Leftover compote can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. It reheats well!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40

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