A quick berry compote that tastes as fresh as can be, 3-ingredient Strawberry Topping is delicious spooned over cheesecake, ice cream, or a buttery biscuit fresh from the oven.

Cheesecake squares topped with strawberry topping on a cooling rack.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Strawberry Topping for Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients to make strawberry topping for cheesecake.

Ingredient notes

  • Strawberries: Fresh or frozen, whatever looks better at the store. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries are all delightful once gently simmered into a sweet sauce.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Mix the sliced strawberries and sugar together in a saucepan, then bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes or so.
Frozen strawberries in a saucepan with water and sugar.
  1. When the fruit looks nice and thick, mix in the vanilla extract, remove from heat, and let the compote cool to room temperature.
A bowl of strawberry topping.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: One pound of strawberries makes about 1 cup of topping.
  • Make ahead: Strawberry Topping can be made several days ahead and refrigerated until you need it.
  • Storage: Refrigerate in a sealed container.
  • Freezing: Strawberry topping freezes really well for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Cheesecake squares topped with strawberry topping on a cooling rack.

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Cheesecake squares topped with strawberry topping on a cooling rack.

Strawberry Topping for Cheesecake

A quick berry compote that tastes as fresh as can be, 3-ingredient Strawberry Topping is delicious spooned over cheesecake, ice cream, or a buttery biscuit fresh from the oven.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 88

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound strawberries washed, hulled and sliced, (about 3 cups whole, see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • In a small pot over medium heat, combine the strawberries and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low heat and simmer for 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Add vanilla, stir to combine, and remove from heat.

Notes

  1. Strawberries: Fresh or frozen, whatever looks better at the store. And you can apply this recipe to other berries, too.
  2. Yield: One recipe makes about 1 cup of topping.
  3. Make ahead: Strawberry Topping can be made several days ahead and refrigerated until you need it.
  4. Storage: Refrigerate in a sealed container.
  5. Freezing: Strawberry topping freezes really well for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  6. Other fruit: Feel free to substitute other berries for the strawberries. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries are all delightful once gently simmered into a sweet sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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