15-Minute Blueberry Compote

published Jun 11, 2022
summer
Blueberry Compote Recipe

Thickened just enough and spiked with earthy coriander and a squeeze of lemon, jammy, sweet blueberry compote tastes like purple.

Serves8

Makes1 cup

Prep5 minutes

Cook10 minutes to 12 minutes

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Blueberries are finally hitting the market, and blueberry compote is the number-one reason to go pick up a pint of fresh blueberries ASAP. It is the absolute best thing you’ll make with a basket of blueberries this summer.

Simply put, this sweet, jammy compote tastes like the color purple. Thickened just enough and spiked with earthy coriander and a squeeze of lemon, blueberries get serious star power. Try it once and I’m certain you’ll keep blueberry compote on repeat all summer long. Best of all, you need just a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes from start to finish.

Main Ingredients in Blueberry Compote

Blueberry compote is made with a handful of readily available ingredients.

  • Fresh blueberries. The best blueberry compote is made with fresh blueberries. While frozen blueberries do work, the result is not nearly as good.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground coriander
  • Lemon juice
  • Kosher salt

If you don’t already have a bottle of ground coriander is your spice cabinet, this is a great reason to pick it up. Coriander comes from the seeds of the cilantro plant, although rest assured it tastes nothing like fresh cilantro. Instead, ground coriander is subtle and mellow, with an earthy, lemony aroma (which is why it pairs so well with jammy blueberries).

As for other ways to use ground coriander, it’s great sprinkled on roasted veggies, mixed into soups (especially lentil soup and sweet potato chowder), rubbed on steak and spiced salmon, added to salad dressing, stirred into DIY taco seasoning, and mixed into marinades (try it with grilled tofu and grilled chicken), to name a few ideas.

How Do You Thicken Blueberry Compote?

Thickening blueberry compote requires no more than the fruit, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and time. Yes, it’s really as simple as that! Plan to simmer the compote for 10 to 12 minutes over medium-low to low heat on the stovetop. In that time, the berries will burst, moisture will be released, and the sugars will help thicken the compote. Give the compote some time to cool; this is when it will thicken some more.

What to Eat Blueberry Compote With

From breakfast to dessert, there are so many ways to eat blueberry compote! Here are a few favorites.

Blueberry Compote Recipe

Thickened just enough and spiked with earthy coriander and a squeeze of lemon, jammy, sweet blueberry compote tastes like purple.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes to 12 minutes

Makes 1 cup

Serves 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 medium

    lemon

  • 2 cups

    fresh blueberries (about 10 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoons

    granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Juice 1 medium lemon until you have 1 tablespoon juice, then add to a medium saucepan.

  2. Add 2 cups fresh blueberries, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly and adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a gentle simmer, until the blueberries burst and the mixture is syrupy and glossy, 10 to 12 minutes total. Remove from the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature, the compote will thicken as it cools.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.