Balsamic Strawbery Coulis with Brown Sugar is a flavorful sauce that can be used as a breakfast or dessert topping. You will want to put this fresh, homemade balsamic strawberry sauce on everything!
Cooking With Seasonal Produce
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the warmer weather is to cook with seasonal produce. Right now my local grocery market is brimming with asparagus, plenty of greens, local mushrooms and lots of California strawberries. I am patiently waiting for apricots and cherries but right now I am in strawberry mode.
I have been buying strawberries by the boat load. Okay, I am exaggerating but at any given time you can find about 2 to 3 quarts of strawberries in my fridge.
One of my favorite strawberry recipes is a tasty Strawberry Balsamic Coulis. I like to make a fresh batch of this homemade strawberry sauce and keep it in my fridge.
What is Strawberry Coulis?
Coulis (pronounced koo-LEE ) is a French word for a thin sauce that is made from pureed fruit or vegetables. A more traditional coulis is made from raw fruit and strained but I don't always follow strict cooking rules. This strawberry coulis is cooked down to make a bit of a chunky strawberry sauce which includes balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
Feel free to make this sauce as thick or thin as you like it and if you prefer, you can puree and strain in too. I love having some chunky berries in my sauce however it is still a great consistency to pour on anything you'd like.
What ingredients are needed for this Balsamic Strawberry Sauce?
- Sliced Strawberries - Fresh strawberries are going to give you the best flavor but feel free to use frozen, unsweetened strawberries if you choose.
- Brown Sugar - Use light or dark brown sugar. Darker sugar contains more molasses and will have a more complex flavor.
- Balsamic Vinegar - Balsamic is an absolute must for this recipe but in a pinch, you can use 2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar.
What goes well with this Homemade Strawberry Sauce?
It's delicious on everything! I eat it with with Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast and it is wonderful. Today, I mixed it with whipped cream and served it on French toast. It was so good that I almost licked the plate clean.
- Cheesecake - This strawberry balsamic coulis makes a delicious strawberry cheesecake sauce. Just spoon it over fresh cheesecake. (It's my favorite strawberry topping for cheesecake.)
- Yogurt - Scoop some on top or mix it right in.
- Ice Cream - This strawberry sauce is tasty poured over a bowl of ice cream. You can also drizzle it into the machine while making homemade ice cream.
- Pound Cake - Slice fresh homemade pound cake and drizzle with a spoonful of balsamic strawberry sauce and top with whipped cream for a decadent dessert.
- Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast - Drizzle the strawberry sauce over top of your breakfast confections or mix a little with some whipped cream and pile it on top. You probably won't even need maple syrup!
More Fresh Strawberry Recipes
I like these berries on the tart side and this Balasamic Strawberry Coulis isn't overly sweet. If you like things a bit more sweet, just add a little more sugar. The strawberries can be served warm or cold but they are a little runnier when served warm. Once you chill them, the syrup gets really thick.
Make this as a strawberry cheesecake sauce, homemade fruit sauce recipe for yogurt, ice cream, or pound cake. You can also sneak a few spoons (like I do) right out of the jar when you'd like a fruity treat.
What's your favorite way to eat strawberry sauce?
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Balsamic Strawberry and Brown Sugar Coulis
- 3 cups sliced strawberries
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
- In a small sauce pan, mix all ingredients together. Cook on low to medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes or until berries are wilted and liquid is a thick syrup. Can be served warm or cold.
First Published June 2012 ; Last Updated April 2021