This recipe for easy Strawberry Syrup takes fresh strawberries and sugar and turns them into sweet homemade simple syrup. Use it on ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal, or in your favorite cakes and desserts.
This syrup is surprisingly quick and easy. We make it all the time to use up overripe strawberries. It has so many uses!
Be sure to check out my other fruit syrup recipes too!
Thick, sweet intense strawberry syrup. It's absolute bliss...
Then you'll be pouring it on pancakes, swirling it into yogurt, drizzling it over ice cream, and jazzing up cocktails.
Homemade fruit syrup is such an easy way to add fresh fruit flavor to any sweet dish.
I love making fresh strawberry syrup in the summertime when there is an abundance of strawberries.
Their beautiful red color and natural sweetness make the perfect combination when cooked with water, sugar, and vanilla.
You can use the strawberry syrup in a variety of different ways.
I like adding it to my favorite breakfast foods such as pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal. It also makes a great topping for ice cream and filling for cakes and pies.
One of the BEST ways to use this syrup is in your favorite cocktails. This strawberry syrup lasts for 2 weeks in the fridge and is a staple recipe for your summer season.
Gin. Tonic. Strawberry syrup. Who's in? Maybe with a big ol' bowl of simple Strawberries and Cream. Be sure to drizzle a little of the strawberry syrup on them - bliss. That's summer, people. Right there.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It’s made with simple homemade ingredients.
A great way to use overripe strawberries.
Strawberry syrup is so versatile.
It can be used in many different desserts and drinks.
It lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Makes a great gift for a friend or neighbor.
You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy strawberry pancake syrup recipe!
- Fresh Strawberries - You’ll need fresh strawberries that are cleaned and hulled. Squishy slightly overripe ones are best.
- White Granulated Sugar - Adds sweetness to the syrup.
- Water - Helps thin out the syrup and make it a liquid.
- Vanilla Extract - Infuses the syrup with a light vanilla flavor.
Step By Step Tutorial
Wondering how to make this simple strawberry syrup recipe? Read on!
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Prep: Cut the green tops of the strawberries, and roughly chop them.
Cook the strawberries: Place cleaned and hulled strawberries into a pot with water, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Simmer: Bring to a boil, then back down to a simmer until strawberries are broken down and cooked through.
Strain the strawberries: Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl or jug and pour in the mixture. Press the strawberries into the strainer to extract as much strawberry syrup as possible. Scoop off and discard any foam.
Pour into a container: After the strawberry syrup is separated, let it cool before pouring into a jar or airtight container with a lid. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Make sure the syrup is cooled enough before adding it into containers. The hot syrup will burn if it splashes.
You may need to sieve the syrup twice to get all the bits out.
This recipe works best for strawberries that are ripe and overripe. An underripe berry does not produce enough natural strawberry flavor or sweetness.
You can use frozen strawberries in this recipe, just make sure they are thawed completely before adding to the pot.
Make sure the jar or containers you use to store strawberry syrup are fully sanitized.
Drizzle your strawberry syrup on pancakes (check out these breakfast pancake ideas), waffles, or French toast.
Swirl it into yogurt or oatmeal.
We love to add it to a gin and tonic for a fruity twist!
It's fun to add a bottle to a pancake board for a fun breakfast.
Add it into an Acai Smoothie Bowl with berries for more berry flavor.
Sweeten up this Cucumber Collins Cocktail with fresh strawberry syrup.
We love to use it as a fruity dipping sauce for Pancake Skewers.
Add your favorite berries to the mix such as blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
Add a hint of lemon extract instead of vanilla extract for a bright strawberry flavor.
You could steep the syrup with fresh basil for a strawberry basil syrup that’s great for cocktails or to add to sparkling water.
Add a pinch of cinnamon or dried ginger to warm up the fruity flavor.
To Make Gluten Free: This fruit syrup recipe is naturally gluten-free if followed correctly.
To Make It Vegan: This strawberry syrup recipe is naturally vegan if followed correctly and vegan sugar is used.
NOTE: I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. If you have a food allergy or intolerance you should determine whether the ingredients in each recipe are suitable for you.
Storing: Homemade strawberry syrup can be stored in a sanitized glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing: Freezing fresh fruit syrups is not recommended as the flavor will change when defrosted.
Can I buy strawberry syrup at the store?
There are companies that make strawberry syrup, such as Monin and Torani, but for the freshest taste and cleanest ingredients, homemade is best!
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes! Using frozen strawberries will allow you to make this homemade fruit syrup year-round. Just make sure they are thawed completely before using.
Can I make this refined sugar-free?
You can try making this syrup with honey, agave, or coconut sugar if you need a fruit syrup that doesn’t contain refined sugar.
More Strawberry Recipes
I hope you love this simple strawberry syrup recipe as much as we do! Be sure to check out these other great strawberry recipes too!
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- 2 cups (325g) strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1 cup (200g) granulated white sugar
- ¾ cup (175ml) water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a pot. Stir it together, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the strawberries break down.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl or jug and pour in the mixture. Press the strawberries into the strainer to extract as much strawberry syrup as possible.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then pour into a jar or bottle and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Make sure the syrup is cooled enough before adding it into containers. The hot syrup will burn if it splashes.
- This recipe works best for strawberries that are ripe and overripe. An underripe berry does not produce enough natural strawberry flavor or sweetness.
- You can use frozen strawberries in this recipe, just make sure they are thawed completely before adding to the pot.
- Make sure the jar or containers you use to store strawberry syrup are fully sanitized.
- Add your favorite berries to the mix such as blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
- Add a hint of lemon extract instead of vanilla extract for a bright strawberry flavor.
- Steep the syrup with fresh basil for a strawberry basil syrup that’s great for cocktails or to add to sparkling water.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon or dried ginger to warm up the fruity flavor.
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.