6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

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6- Minute Strawberry Balsamic Sauce tastes fabulous spooned over my homemade Greek yogurt.

It can be difficult to find flavorful and reasonably priced strawberries in the wintertime. So how’s a person to get their strawberry fix? Try this strawberry balsamic sauce with frozen strawberries.

Frankly, if I can’t get good, fresh strawberries, frozen ones are not an option for me unless I’m making a smoothie– until now. When cooked in the microwave, frozen strawberries are transformed into a thick and richly flavored sauce. Some would call it a reduction but I call it perfect for pouring over yogurt and ice cream. I can’t stop thinking of other possibilities such as pound cake or waffles.

What led me to this discovery was an assignment by the California Strawberry Commission to come up with a healthy recipe using frozen strawberries. Since smoothies and ice cream have already been done a few zillion times, I decided to try making a healthy strawberry dressing using strawberries prepared in a similar way.  Jump over to their blog to read the tasty results.


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Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries–a little smaller than seen here.

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 Place into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.

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Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.

This will remind you of strawberry preserves except it’s a little thinner and not as sweet unless you add sugar or sweetener. If I want it sweeter, depending on what I’m serving it with, I  start with 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey or 2 packets of Splenda and go from there.

Shopping tip:  Frozen strawberries are significantly more economical in the big box stores.  Worth a trip.

6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce
Recipe type: Dessert
A strawberry-balsamic reduction made quickly and easily in the microwave in 6 minutes.
  • 1-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 pkg sweetener, optional
  1. Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries.
  2. Place into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add ¼ cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.
  3. Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.


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Kimberley Legaspi March 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

All I know, is I’m on WW, and I had most of these ingredients. Hubby is getting the ice cream / Greek yogurt at the store. Choosing to use a pan, and pure raw honey instead of sugar, which I will ad at the end. Bet it’ll be wonderful!!! Thanks!


Mid Mod Tom February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I couldn’t cut my frozen strawberries when I made this on Saturday, so I put them (an entire bag of frozen strawberries mind you) and 1/2 cup balasmic in my 1 quart pyrex and cooked it on high for six minutes. After six minutes the berries were thawed and the sauce was hot. Then I pureed in my food processor and strained through a fine mesh sieve. I served this sauce with my no-baked white chocolate cheesecake at brunch on Sunday and everyone loved it. Thank you! Mine may have been a 9 minute sauce, but I sincerely appreciate the initial direction!


Paula February 22, 2012 at 6:22 am

Hi Tom, Your freezer must be colder than mine. If you plan to puree anyway, no need to chop, as you already figured out. Your cheesecake sounds fabulous and I can only imagine how good it was with the strawberry sauce. Glad you wrote back. pr


David R January 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I made this with frozen blackberries last night, added a little sugar, and it was an amazing add on to my morning waffles! thanks for the great and quick recipe! 😀


Feast on the Cheap January 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

What a treat! My goodness…I would stir this into just about anything


SallyBR January 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

Paula, just reporting back….

made it yesterday and LOVED IT! In my microwave it took just one minute longer to get the right texture. The flavor is amazing, I am enjoying it with yogurt and a little cereal – what a great breakfast item!

If my pictures turned out bearable, I will blog about it and of course give you all the credit!


Paula January 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I agree about using it for breakfast. It’s a great back-up plan when I have no fresh fruit in the house.


Piper@GotItCookIt January 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Fun idea… you know how much I like using stuff I have on hand, and I almost always have frozen strawberries in the freezer!!
Normally, I am not the biggest balsamic fan, but with sweet strawberries it actually sounds good. I mostly object to the sweetness of balsamic on savory items like salads, but this SOUNDS NICE!


Nicole January 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Love the combo of strawberries and balsamic. Glad I have all the ingredients to make this:)


`Suzanne January 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

Yum Paula, this sauce sounds great and simple, it could go on so many things. I always enjoy your simple tips that make a big difference 🙂 have a wonderful weekend.


TheKitchenWitch January 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

You’re a genius! I’m definitely trying this one.


Paula January 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Your post over at California Strawberry was wonderful! I love all your salad ingredients you keep stocked at your workplace and the dressing looks delicious.


SallyBR January 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

What an interesting recipe, loved it, and intend to try it soon.

Plus, the microwave trick is intriguing, I almost never use mine, just for the eventual warming up of leftover

Loved the first photo, mouthwatering… 😉


Jodi @CaliforniaStrawberries January 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Hi Paula,
Thanks again for creating this wonderful strawberry sauce/dressing! We love your site and look forward to spending more time on your site! We posted a link to your post on our FB page today!
Have a good day!


Paula January 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks so much Jodi. Had a great time playing with frozen strawberries. Paula


Mid Mod Tom January 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m definitely going to make this. I think I would puree it as well. I think this would make a great gift sieved into a mason jar with a pretty label and a ribbon.


Paula January 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Puréeing just adds another step but it would be wonderful. And I like your idea for gifts.


The Café Sucré Farine January 12, 2012 at 4:56 am

Wow Paula! This sounds amazing – and it’s so pretty too!


Sarah January 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

This might even be a great salad dressing. I’m trying it today! Thanks 🙂


Paula January 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

Sarah, you are exactly right. Add some water, maybe lemon juice and some sort of herb such as basil or mint and you’ve got a winner.


Lorraine January 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

So easy and looks so good! Yum!


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