This Frozen Berry Compote recipe is the perfect way to use frozen mixed berries. Use it on breakfasts, desserts, pancakes, waffles, and more! It's simple to make and requires just a few ingredients.
Fruit compote is a simple dish made by cooking fruit in sugar and water until the fruit is soft and the mixture has thickened. It can be made with any type of fruit you enjoy.
This recipe uses frozen mixed berries to make an easy compote that can be used in many different ways!
I always have a stash of frozen berries in the freezer - for smoothies, baked goods, on yogurt or oats - and of course, a quick compote!
For this compote, frozen berries (whatever variety you have!) are cooked in sugar and water until they soften and release their juices. The result is a sweet, thick fruit compote that's perfect for spooning over pancakes, waffles, yogurt, ice cream, and more.
This frozen berry compote can be made with any type of frozen berries you like or you can add additional fruit such as mango, cherries, or apples!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Frozen berry compote is made with just 4 simple ingredients you can find anywhere.
This is a great way to use an abundance of frozen berries you may have in your freezer.
You can use different types of berries or fruit. I love winter berries or any mixed berries.
Use different types of extracts to change up the flavor!
- Frozen Mixed Berries - A blend of frozen berries can usually be found in the frozen section of most grocery stores. You can also use berries that you've picked and frozen at home. It might have blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries, among other varieties.
- Sugar - Adds additional sweetness to the berries and helps thicken the compote.
- Water - Thins out the berry mixture to keep it from sticking.
- Vanilla Extract - Adds light and fragrant vanilla flavor throughout the compote.
Please see the recipe card below for quantities.
Wondering how to make this Frozen Berry Compote recipe? It's easy! Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Boil the berries: Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir well. Bring the mixture to boil for about 5 minutes, stirring often to stop it from scorching the bottom of the pan.
Reduce and thicken: Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer and bubble for 10 minutes. It will thicken further as it cools.
Cool and store: Serve warm or allow to cool and store in a sterilized jar in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for later use.
If your frozen berries are stuck in a big block, let them thaw enough in order to break them apart. This will ensure they cook evenly.
Make sure you are stirring the pot often as the mixture boils. This will help keep the sugars from burning at the bottom of the pan.
If you want a thicker compote, cook it for a few minutes longer. For a thinner compote, add an additional splash of water.
The mixture will thicken as it begins to cool.
Use it as a topping for a serving of ice cream for dessert.
Spoon it hot or cold onto oatmeal or yogurt for fruity flavor.
Use different types of berries including raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.
Substitute the sugar for honey or agave nectar.
Add a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice for tartness.
Instead of vanilla extract try using other flavor extracts including almond, coconut, or lemon.
Cooled compote can be stored in a clean and sterilized jar in the fridge for up to five days.
You can also freeze compote in an airtight container for up to two months. When you're ready to use it, let it thaw overnight in the fridge or place the frozen compote into a saucepan over low heat and cook until warmed through.
While compote and jam are both fruit cooked in sugar, compote is made with larger pieces of fruit while jam is made with crushed or puréed fruit. Jam also has a higher ratio of sugar to fruit and can be stored much longer in a sterilized jar.
Yes, you can use fresh berries to make compote. Simply reduce the cooking time as fresh berries will cook quicker than frozen berries.
Compote is delicious served over pancakes, waffles, yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream. You can also use compote to make a fruit galette or pie.
More Fruit Compote Recipes
Frozen Berry Compote
- 2 cups mixed berries frozen (200g)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan over a medium/low heat and stir well. Allow it to boil for about 5 minutes, stirring often to stop it from scorching.
- Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer and bubble for 10 minutes. It will thicken further as it cools.
- Serve warm or allow to cool and store in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to 5 days (or freeze for up to 2 months).
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.