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Homemade Strawberry Syrup in small glass jars
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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Homemade Strawberry Syrup is a three ingredient recipe made in 20 minutes. A little bit of cornstarch helps the syrup to cook and thicken quickly, preserving the natural flavor of the strawberries. Use it on pancakes and waffles, in drinks, or on desserts like angel food cake, ice cream, and strawberry shortcake.
Makes about 2 cups of syrup (less if you strain out the strawberry pieces).
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Keyword: homemade syrup
Servings: 20
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Saucepan


  • 1 lb Fresh strawberries, stems removed, chopped (see note)
  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups + 2 Tbsp Water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together strawberries, sugar, and 1 ¼ cups water.
  • Let the mixture come to a boil.
  • Boil, stirring every couple minutes, for 10 minutes. (Be sure to reduce the heat if the syrup looks like it will boil over.)
  • Stir together 2 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch and pour it into the boiling syrup. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the syrup thickens. (This should take 2 to 4 minutes more. If you’re going to leave the strawberry pieces in the syrup, you can choose to continue cooking the syrup for a few minutes longer to let the strawberry pieces reach a softer texture.)
  • Optional: If you want to strain out the strawberries, pour the syrup through a sieve. Do not press on the strawberries (this will cause your syrup to be cloudy).
  • Let the syrup cool completely.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.


Strawberries - Chop the strawberries as large or small, depending on how you plan to use them. If you plan to strain the finished syrup or want to use the syrup over desserts, you can leave the strawberries in quarters. If you want to keep the strawberries in the syrup in pieces, you chop them fairly small. 
The syrup will thicken in the refrigerator, so leave it at room temperature for a few minutes and stir well before serving.


Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg