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3 Ingredient Strawberry Sauce with Fresh Lime (Topping)

A strawberry sauce topping that's delicious on pancakes, toast, ice cream or mixed into yogurt. Vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Curing Time 17 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Cost $5/4€



  • 454 g ripe strawberries (1lb)
  • 50 g sugar (⅛ cup)
  • 1 pc lime, zested
  • ½ pc lime, juiced


  • Hull the strawberries by cutting off the tops, being careful not to discard any of the red fruit.
    Cutting only the whites of the tops of the strawberries.
  • Quarter the strawberries and add them to a bowl with the sugar and the lime zest. Mix well and let sit for 10-30 minutes or until you see water at the bottom of the bowl.
    Curing the strawberries in sugar and lime.
  • Add the strawberries with the juice from the bowl to a pan and cook over medium heat. Once boiled, drop the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
    The strawberry sauce cooking in the pan.
  • Let the sauce cool to room temperature before storing it in the fridge. Serve the sauce warm or cold.
    The finished strawberry and lime sauce on a spoon with strawberries in the background.


If you're not sure how long to cook the sauce, then try the "fridge test". Put one piece of cooked strawberry plus a little sauce on a small plate and put it in the fridge to set. Check the plate after two minutes, if it's still runny then you'll want to continue cooking the sauce. If it holds a line shape on the plate then it's ready. 
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