Raspberry Sauce

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This simple raspberry sauce recipe is fresh, quick, and so easy to make. It’s the perfect summer-flavored, berry-bursting topping for ice cream, cheesecake, crepes, and more! Use fresh or frozen raspberries.

Raspberry sauce in a glass jar with a spoon.

I love recipes that use fresh and seasonal fruits or vegetables. I have a blueberry bbq sauce that wows on the grill. I have a creamy basil pesto that I make when my garden is overflowing with basil. And I have a chamoy sauce that I love to make when I have more peppers than I know what to do with.

I’ve made a strawberry sauce which I love to drizzle over vanilla ice cream and cheesecakes. This raspberry sauce is similar but, obviously, uses raspberries. You could just as easily make this same sauce with blackberries instead.

I know it’s possible to make this raspberry dessert sauce with fresh or frozen berries, and it truly is, but I can’t deny having a preference for fresh berries. Late July or mid-August when they are just bursting with flavor – there is nothing better.

This sauce is so flavorful and delicious. It can be used to drizzle on a plate used to serve chocolate cake or cheesecake. Serve it over vanilla ice cream with sliced summery peaches for a homemade peach melba. Or add a burst of flavor to angel food cake or pound cake topped with whipped cream.

This sauce can even be layered with greek yogurt and granola for a spectacular yogurt parfait. Dessert for breakfast, and you don’t even have to fake it!? What could be better?


Ingredients

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to make this delicious berry dessert sauce.

Ingredients for raspberry sauce.
  • Raspberries – I prefer using fresh berries but thawed frozen berries will work.
  • Cornstarch – Thickens the sauce.
  • Granulated sugar – For sweetness
  • Fresh lemon juice – For a little citrus brightness.
  • Vanilla extract – For a hint of flavor. Try making your own using this recipe.

How to Make Raspberry Sauce

This homemade raspberry sauce is so simple to make, yet has a bright and elegant flavor that will add pizzazz to many desserts.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

  1. Blend the berries. Add the raspberries and cornstarch to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Bring to a boil. Let the raspberry and sugar mixture boil over medium. heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Remove the seeds. Press the warm sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
  4. Enjoy! The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools but is still liquid and perfect for drizzling over your favorite desserts.

Substitutions


Variations

This recipe is essentially a raspberry coulis recipe – so use blackberries or strawberries in place of the raspberries to make a blackberry or strawberry coulis instead.

Raspberry sauce drizzled over cheesecake slice.

Storage

  1. Raspberry sauce will keep for up to 1 week stored in the refrigerator. Allow it to cool completely before refrigerating.
  2. Or you can freeze the sauce for up to 6 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator. You may also warm in the microwave if desired.

Tips

  • Reserve ¼ cup of the berries and add to the sauce right before serving
  • Straining the sauce through a mesh strainer may seem unnecessary but the raspberry seeds do detract from the sauce. It’s worth the extra step.
Yield: 1 cup

Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry sauce in a glass jar with a spoon.

This simple raspberry sauce is fresh, quick, and so easy to make. It's the perfect topping for ice cream, cheesecake, crepes, and more! You can use fresh or frozen raspberries.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen and thawed raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add the raspberries and cornstarch to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Press the warm sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
  4. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools but is still liquid and perfect for drizzling over your favorite desserts.

Notes

Make ahead tips

  1. Raspberry sauce will keep for up to 1 week stored in the refrigerator. Allow it to cool completely before refrigerating.
  2. Or you can freeze the sauce for up to 6 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator. You may also warm in the microwave if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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