Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Homemade Strawberry Syrup is an easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to make. It’s perfect on shortcake, angel food cake, or ice cream.

Picture of strawberries and strawberry syrup on top of angel food cake.

My sister loves strawberries. She’s loved them all of her life. I can recall hearing about my mom taking her to pick strawberries when she was a toddler.

Our mom toted her through the field in a wagon and picked strawberries as they went along. And my sister ate the strawberries as fast as my mom picked them.

My mom and grandmother would make her strawberry shortcake on occasion and she loved it.

This simple strawberry syrup recipe is so easy. You can use it as a strawberry topping for cheesecake, on top of desserts, or you can spoon it right out of the jar. If you’re canning strawberry syrup it won’t take long at all.

How do you make simple strawberry syrup?

  • Add the strawberries to a saucepan.
  • Pour the sugar and vanilla on top and mash the strawberries.
  • Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool and serve.

Recipe and printable instructions listed below.

Picture of strawberries in a saucepan.

Add the washed and sliced strawberries to a saucepan. 

Picture of strawberries and sugar in a saucepan.

Pour the sugar and vanilla on top of the strawberries. 

Picture of a potato masher mashing strawberries.

Once the strawberries start to heat up, take a masher and give them a good mashing. I used a potato masher. You can use an immersion blender, a fork, or anything that does the job.

Picture of strawberries boiling in a saucepan.

Let your strawberry syrup come to a boil. Then turn it down and let it simmer, uncovered, for about 10-15 minutes. 

Picture of strawberry sauce on angel food cake.

Pour your syrup into a jar or on some cake, pancakes, or ice cream. You can keep the syrup in the fridge or freezer.

It’s a cinch to make and a treat to eat!

Picture of strawberry syrup on a piece of angel food cake.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade Strawberry Syrup is an easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to make. It's perfect on shortcake, angel food cake, pancakes, or ice cream.


  • 1/2 pound strawberries (ripe, cut up, and clean)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Add the strawberries, sugar, and vanilla to a saucepan on medium to high-heat.
  2. Stir the ingredients together and mash the strawberries with a masher.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and use, or store in a jar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 cups Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 19.7gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 18.6gProtein: 0.3g

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