Quick Berry Sauce

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This quick berry sauce is a delicious toping for a variety of foods. Put some fresh or frozen berries into a pot with a bit of syrup and it won’t take long to have a tasty, thick sauce to pour over your favorite breakfast treats.

A small pitcher of berry syrup

We make many of the typical breakfast meals on a regular basis. This includes pancakes, waffles, crepes, biscuits, dutch babies, French toast, oatmeal, and yogurt to name a few of our favorites.

We also pick a lot of berries here in Alaska and love to include them in our favorite meals. Sometimes we simply sprinkle fresh berries right on our food. But if I have some extra time while cooking, I’ll set a pot of this berry sauce on the stove so it’s ready when the meal is.

This berry sauce is so quick and makes a delicious topping for all sorts of foods. Only a few whole ingredients and about 10 minutes of time and it will be on the table.

You can use fresh or frozen berries for this recipe, both are equally tasty. Honey is also interchangeable with the maple syrup. You can also mix up the berries and use more than one type. Make it your own!

A pitcher of berry sauce by a plate of crepes

Best Berries for Berry Syrup

We go berry picking a few times during the summer and fall here in Alaska and come home with delicious fresh berries for making jams and other treats. I freeze some as well to use throughout the winter when we’re longing for the warm days ahead.

Feel free to use whatever berries your family prefers or what is available in your area. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Salmonberries
  • Honeyberries

Or try a mixture! Use more than one for a mixed berry sauce. This recipe is a great way to use up a small amount of berries fast.

Ingredients for Berry Sauce

  • Fresh or frozen berries-Use your favorite berries or a mixture! Fresh picked or frozen berries are both equally delicious.
  • Pure maple syrup or honey-We use raw honey from our bees (crystallized honey works great for this recipe) or pure maple syrup. If you want an Alaskan treat, mix in some pure birch syrup!
  • Butter-Unsalted. We like to use homemade butter from our dairy cows.
Raspberries and a jug of syrup

Tools You Will Need

  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Large spoon

How to Make Berry Sauce

Melt the butter in the saucepan over medium heat and swirl to coat the bottom.

Add in the berries and the syrup or honey and stir well to combine.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Raspberries boiling in a pot

Reduce heat and keep at a simmer for about 10 minutes. Use a fork to stir occasionally and break up the berries as they cook.

Raspberries simmering in a pot

Once the sauce is the consistency you like, remove from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

This will produce a thick, chunky sauce. If you prefer a thinner sauce, you can place it in a blender for a few seconds.

Looking into a pitcher of berry sauce

Ways to Serve Quick Berry Sauce

This berry sauce is perfect for drizzling on top of your favorite breakfast foods and other treats. Here are a few ideas:

Homemade quick berry sauce being poured onto crepes

Put those fresh and frozen berries to good use and try this simple berry sauce. Make a homemade breakfast even more special with a few drizzles of this tasty topping!

Berry Sauce

This quick berry sauce make a delicious topping for a variety of foods including pancakes, waffles, crepes, oatmeal, yogurt, biscuits, and more!
Print Recipe
Homemade berry syrup being poured onto crepes
Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:17 minutes


  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Spoon


  • 2 cups Berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup Pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp Butter


  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Add in the berries and maple syrup and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until sauce is the consistency you like.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before pouring over pancakes, waffles, biscuits, crepes, yogurt, oatmeal, or your favorite breakfast!


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 
Use cold mixed into yogurt or hot oatmeal. Or reheat in a small saucepan over low heat until warm.
Servings: 8 1/4 cup servings
Author: Lisa Harlow
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