This simple strawberry puree is a refreshing addition to many recipes with its sweet burst of flavor and hint of lemon.
A simple strawberry puree is the fastest possible way to make a strawberry sauce. To find out how to puree strawberries for the best results, take a couple of minutes to read through the tips in this post.
You can serve it as is, or pour it into a saucepan and simmer until reduced by about half for a thicker puree. Personally, I like it just the way it is for a light and fresh-tasting strawberry sauce.
If you have an abundance of sweet berries on hand and don’t want to stand over the stove making syrups or jams, fresh fruit purees are the answer.
How to Make Strawberry Puree
Just a note about the fruit needed for a fresh fruit puree. The strawberries must be ripe and sweet – this is non-negotiable. They should be fragrant and juicy ripe strawberries are needed for a great fruit puree.
When using sub-par fruit in a puree, the resulting puree may wind up being flat and sugary sweet without that bright refreshing berry flavor balancing it.
Frozen fruits are a solid alternative though, as they are typically frozen at the peak of their freshness. Thaw them completely before adding them to the blender and proceeding with the recipe as written.
Strawberry Puree Recipe
You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:
- fresh strawberries
- fresh lemon juice
Yes, you can make a strawberry puree without lemon juice, but I don’t recommend it. The lemon juice works wonders to brighten the flavors and also balances the sugar and sweet berries with needed tartness.
It doesn’t get much easier than making fruit purees like this one. Combine the berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a blender and blend for 1 minute.
Scrape the sides of the pitcher and blend for an additional minute or so, until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour the finished puree into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
If desired, the puree can be thickened by pouring it into a saucepan and simmering until the liquid is reduced by about half.
Strawberry Puree for Drinks
Fruit purees are a fantastic addition to drinks, cocktails, and smoothies. Try adding a generous splash of strawberry puree to any of these drinks to boost the berry flavor.
Fresh mint and lemon combine for a sweet homemade lemonade. Mint lemonade is a refreshing, ever-so-tasty summer drink that my whole family loves.
This simple five-ingredient strawberry banana milkshake is a healthy treat. With lots of protein, it makes a perfect breakfast too.
Crisp, tart, slightly sweet, and always fragrant, the classic mojito is a cocktail that I never get tired of sipping.
With plenty of fresh orange juice and other fruits too; I love the combination of flavors in this St-Germain citrus splash. My sister has a knack for garnishing a beautiful drink and this one is exceptional.
If you could put sunshine and sugar in a jar, I am convinced it would taste just like this strawberry compote.
Buttery sweet strawberry coffee cake with a pecan and brown sugar topping is so good, if it’s in my house, it’s certain to be on my plate for breakfast with my coffee.
Strawberry coulis is an elegant sister to the classic strawberry sauce. The only real difference between the two sauces is a minute or so of extra effort. Coulis is strained after it finishes simmering on the stove, creating a silky smooth and vibrant sauce.
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries trimmed and quartered
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice adjust to taste
- Combine the berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a blender. Puree for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the pitcher and puree for an additional minute, until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Pour the finished puree into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.