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Whip up this 2-Ingredient Strawberry Compote with Fresh Berries

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.

wheat toast on a white plate with strawberry compote in a jar alongside

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. 

close up of honey in a silver measuring cup, with chopped strawberries in the background -- making strawberry compote

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!

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.

chopped strawberries in an Instant Pot with jar of honey and fresh strawberries in background

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.

cooked strawberry compote in a silver pot

5 Ways to use strawberry compote

butter and red spread on toast with butter. Teal floral napkin below.

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two jars of strawberry compote on a teal napkin with pieces of toast buttered and spread with compote

Instant Pot Strawberry Compote

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This easy two-ingredient strawberry compote is great on French toast or spooned over ice cream.


  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, washed, dried, and diced
  • 1/3 cup honey


  1. Combine strawberries and honey in Instant Pot.
  2. Set instant pot for 3 minutes on manual with steam release closed.
  3. Once done, steam release to open and allow to vent. 
  4. Mash strawberries with a fork for a chunky compote. For a smoother texture, use an immersion or upright blender to process further.
  5. 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

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Originally published July 2018; this post has been updated.

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4 comments… add one
  • Phillip Sep 23, 2019 @ 2:22

    And THERE is the slurry for your strawberry fruit leather. (You might want to give it a bit of stick blending to remove the big lumps.)

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 26, 2019 @ 10:32

      You’re right — it could be saved like that, too!

  • Marianne G. May 11, 2019 @ 10:55

    Hi. I gather this shouldn’t be frozen. Love your posts and blog.

    • Kris Bordessa May 11, 2019 @ 12:20

      You could freeze it, much like a freezer jam. Just be sure to leave enough head space that it doesn’t climb out the top!

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