Strawberry Topping Recipe

| May 30, 2021 | 3 Comments

Fresh Strawberry Topping Sauce

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make this delicious Strawberry Topping for your pound cakes, ice cream, cheesecakes and more. Printable recipe included.


Strawberry Topping, enjoy.
Fresh Strawberries make a great topping for your pound cakes, ice cream, cheesecakes, and so much more. It’s super quick and easy to make, and you’ll love the flavor.


Strawberry Topping, slider.

I made this Strawberry Topping, or sauce, to go on top of a Cheesecake I was going to make.

It’s perfect for cheesecakes, pound cake, ice cream and more. And, it’s really quick and easy to make which makes it all that much the better.

The strawberries in my photo of ingredients below, were probably the largest strawberries I’d ever bought. Sadly, they came from the grocery store and were pretty much just white on the inside. It happens.

Locally grown strawberries are coming to an end for the season here in the heart of North Carolina. From what I’ve been reading though, it was a good year for the berry farms. I’m thankful for that.

I wasn’t able to get out to any of the local farms for some fresh berries this year. Getting old and being confined to home just isn’t any fun. Smile.

I’ve been buying strawberries from a local grocery store just about every week, and most of them had been good since they were coming from an area farm. But, the big ones below were marked as being shipped from California, so that’s why they weren’t very ripe.

Use frozen strawberries if you need to. I’m sure they will work well. But, nothing beats a good local strawberry when they are in season. I hope you’ll give some a try.

Ready to make our topping? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Strawberry Topping, ingredients.
Strawberry Topping Sauce – You’ll need these ingredients.

These berries were huge. My one pound carton had a total of 12 strawberries in it.


Strawberry Topping, remove hulls and rinse.
Remove the hulls and stems from your berries, then rinse them under cold running water.

I used a pairing knife to do this. Only took a minute or two because I only had 12 strawberries in the carton I purchased. I think these were the largest strawberries I’ve ever bought from the grocery store. Sadly, they just were not fully ripe, too much white inside.


Strawberry Topping, cut or chop the berries.
Cut or chop the berries.

I cut these because I wanted some larger chunks of berries in the finished topping.

Place the berries in a medium sized sauce pan.


Strawberry Topping, add sugar.
Add 1/4th cup of Granulated Sugar.

You can add a little more sugar if your berries aren’t very sweet to begin with.


Strawberry Topping, add cornstarch..
Add 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch. This will help the mixture to thicken as it cooks.


Strawberry Topping, add lemon juice.
Add 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice.

Stir well.

If your berries don’t have much juice, you can add a few Tablespoons of water. I added almost 1/4 cup to mine.


Strawberry Topping, cook the berries.
Place the sauce pot over Medium heat on your stove top. Stir everything constantly and let the mixture come to a boil.

REDUCE the heat to Medium-Low and let the berries cook until the sauce thickens. Stir it often so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and burn. This will take about 5 minutes, maybe a little longer, depending on how much liquid you have.

Remove from heat once it begins to thicken up. Set aside to cool.


Strawberry Topping, enjoy.


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Strawberry Topping, printbox.

Strawberry Topping Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4th pint 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Cakes
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


A delicious Strawberry Topping, perfect for Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Pound Cake, and lots of other things. Made from scratch with fresh picked Strawberries.



1 pound fresh picked Strawberries
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice


Remove the stems and hulls from your berries with a paring knife.
Rinse berries under cold running water.
Cut berries into small pieces and place in a medium sized sauce pot.
Add sugar.
Add cornstarch.
Add lemon juice. Stir together well.
Place pot over Medium heat on stove top.
Add a Tablespoon or two of water if your berries are low in juice.
Stirring constantly, bring the berries to a low boil.
Reduce heat to Medium-Low, stir often and let the syrup thicken up. About 5 minutes.
Remove from heat when syrup has thickened.
Set aside to cool.


Add more sugar if needed, depending on how sweet your berries are.

Keywords: fresh strawberries, strawberry topping, dessert topping, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, easy, pound cake, cheesecake, ice cream

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  1. Kathryn Ransom says:

    I love your recipes Steve as you probably know by now. AND i love fresh strawberries… this topping recipe is AWESOME SAUCE ( pun intended) 🙂 ….. it’s easy peezy and delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us and i love Cheesecake any way I can get it … thank you for asking… I’m sorry you had the Cheese Cake fiasco …. been there …… done that …. Praying foryou my friend !

  2. Cheryl Ann says:

    Will save your recipe–but had to let you know, I only clicked this time because the dish you are using–they are the exact dishes I grew up with!
    Thanks for that memory!
    God Bless All who Served and All Who are Serving Now!
    Happy Summer–Finally?!! I only say finally cause we actually had a frost advisory only 24 hours ago! Even our weathermen are like what?? Too funny! Have a great week!!!

  3. Kay says:

    I used to use this recipe to make Shonies Strawberry Pie. Fill a graham cracker pie shell with whole strawberries. Make a sauce like you describe without adding the strawberries. Add red food coloring. Pour over strawberries in the pie shell and let it sit until cool and set. Top with whipped cream

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