Oh, strawberry season! There’s so much to love, but this homemade strawberry compote is at the top of the list. Two ingredients and less than half an hour is all it takes to make a delicious strawberry sauce for ice cream — or toast!
If you’ve got an abundance of berries, be sure to make some of these healthy dried strawberries.
Making strawberry compote
But wait, what IS compote? Basically, it’s whole or roughly chopped fresh fruit cooked in a syrup. Compote is served fresh, whereas a chunky jam is usually processed in jars to be a shelf-stable product.
It’s really just a simple strawberry sauce made from fresh fruit.
This strawberry compote recipe uses honey instead of sugar. The simple two-ingredient recipe is delicious as is, but that’s not to say you couldn’t get creative!
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Season it up:
- Toss in a thumb of fresh ginger to make a gingery strawberry compote.
- Stir some fresh mint leaves into the cooked compote.
- Once cooled, add a splash of tequila for a strawberry margarita compote.
- Stir a little bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper into the cooled compote.
Easy in the Instant Pot
If you’ve used an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, you know just how quickly a soft fruit such as strawberries will cook down. It’s a “set it and forget it” kind of a recipe. (Mmm, and just imagine the lovely fragrance when you release the steam vent!)
No Instant Pot? No problem. While an Instant Pot makes quick work of this strawberry topping, you can make it on the stove top, too.
Strawberry compote on the stove top
To make a stove top version of this strawberry compote, simply combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are quite soft. This will take about 20-to-30 minutes.
As you cook the strawberries, use the back of a wooden spoon to mash them a bit, until you’re happy with the texture.
If you prefer a texture that’s less chunky — more like strawberry jam — you can use an immersion blender or a standing blender to process the fruit to a finer consistency.
5 Ways to use strawberry compote
- Spread it on toast
- Top pancakes or waffles
- Use it in these peanut butter and jelly muffins
- Make a peanut butter and strawberry compote sandwich
- Add a dollop to vanilla ice cream
- Spread it on French toast
- Spoon it over cheesecake
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- 3 cups fresh strawberries, washed, dried, and diced
- 1/3 cup honey
- Combine strawberries and honey in Instant Pot.
- Set instant pot for 3 minutes on manual with steam release closed.
- Once done, steam release to open and allow to vent.
- Mash strawberries with a fork for a chunky compote. For a smoother texture, use an immersion or upright blender to process further.
- Serve warm over ice cream or pour strawberry compote into jars. Allow to cool before covering with lid. Refrigerate and enjoy within 5-7 days.
If you don't have fresh strawberries on hand, you could certainly use frozen strawberries.
Makes: 2 cups
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 14g