Strawberry Glaze

published Jun 1, 2022
Strawberry Glaze Recipe

This simple strawberry glaze is good on everything from cheesecake to ice cream.

Makes1 cup

Prep10 minutes

Cook10 minutes

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a slice of cheesecake with sliced strawberries and red sauce (strawberry glaze) poured over the top. There is a bowl of strawberries and the rest of the cake in the background.
Credit: Laura Rege

Want to bottle up all the summery sweetness of fresh strawberries? This strawberry glaze absolutely achieves that. It’s wonderful to have on hand to add a sweet berry finishing touch to desserts like cheesecake, ice cream, shortcakes, pie, or breakfast treats like pancakes or waffles. This recipe is just the right amount of sweet without being too cloying. It’s prepared with simple ingredients and it’s fast, super simple, and so delightful.

What Is Strawberry Glaze Made Of?

Strawberry glaze is made from just five ingredients: fresh strawberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon, and a touch of cornstarch for consistency.

How to Store Strawberry Glaze

Store strawberry glaze in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

Credit: Laura Rege

How to Use Strawberry Glaze

Spoon strawberry glaze cold over cheesecake, ice cream, and shortcake. Or gently warm in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and drizzle over pancakes, waffles, or pie. 

Strawberry Glaze Recipe

This simple strawberry glaze is good on everything from cheesecake to ice cream.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 10 minutes

Makes 1 cup

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    strawberries (about 4 cups)

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • 1/2 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup


  • 2 teaspoons


  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract


  1. Hull and coarsely chop 1 pound strawberries (about 3 1/2 cups). Juice 1/2 medium lemon until you have 1 tablespoon.

  2. Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 teaspoon cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth. Add the strawberries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, mashing the berries with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Continue to boil until the sauce is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.

  3. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof bowl. Strain the strawberry mixture, using a spatula to press on the solids to release all the juices and also scraping the underside of the strainer occasionally. Use warm or refrigerate until chilled and use cold.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Strawberry glaze can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week .