Homemade Strawberry Sauce with Lemon and Tarragon is an easy, healthy topping for yogurt, cottage cheese, French toast, waffles, ice cream, and more. The delicious possibilities are endless!

Overhead photo of a glass jar of strawberry sauce with a spoon sticking out and fresh tarragon on the sidr.

It’s that fabulous time of the year-strawberry season! Living in San Diego, I am fortunate to have access to some of the sweetest, juiciest strawberries around. In fact, my mother-in-law brought some over this past Easter from one of the local farm stands. My family and I pretty much inhaled every single one of them. We were in strawberry heaven!

While my family and I typically enjoy fresh strawberries on their own, this strawberry topping is a perfect way to embrace strawberry season full on!

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Simple Ingredients to Make Fresh Strawberry Sauce

  • Sweet Strawberries
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Maple Syrup
  • Tarragon
Collage with 3 images: tarragaon, a bowl of sliced strawberries, and half a lemon.

Ingredient Swaps & Options

  • Not strawberry season? Make this with frozen strawberries. Or you can make a luscious blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry sauce too.
  • Add in some lemon zest along with the lemon juice. Or add orange juice/zest to your strawberry sauce instead.
  • Swap out the tarragon with fresh mint or basil. Any other herbs you would add?
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract is an easy way to add a boost of flavor.

How to Make this Easy Strawberry Sauce

STEP 1: Prep your ingredients. Remove stems and slice fresh strawberries. Juice 1/2 of a lemon. Finely chop fresh tarragon. (Tip: I like to add my strawberry tops to a pitcher of water, along with lemon slices and vanilla bean, for a refreshing strawberry infused water)

STEP 2: Melt coconut oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add sliced strawberries, lemon juice, tarragon, and maple syrup to skillet and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula cook until mixture thickens (about 5 minutes)

STEP 3: Remove sauce from pan and serve warm or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Optional: For a less chunky strawberry sauce, carefully mash sauce with a potato masher. Or, use an immersion blender to make smooth strawberry sauce.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy this delicious homemade strawberry sauce recipe. It’s such a versatile sauce! Try it slathered on top of a grilled cheese sandwich-yum!!! Or, any of the other easy options listed below.

Grilled cheese sandwich topped with strawberry sauce on a white plate.
  • Plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Use lactose free for a low FODMAP version.
  • Pancakes, waffles, and French Toast
  • Angel Food Cake, Bundt Cake, or Pound Cake. Try it on top of my yummy Gluten Free Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze & Fresh Berries.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream or Strawberry Cheesecake.
  • Combine this rich strawberry sauce with additional fresh sliced strawberries to make an easy strawberry pie.

Why You Should Make Some Strawberry Sauce TODAY!

Of course it’s delicious! But, did you know one of the great things about strawberries and other berries is that they’re brain boosting foods? It’s true!

If you’d like to learn more about berries and brain health, I’ve shared information in this post: How to Boost Your Brain Health with a Delicious MIND Diet Meal Plan. And, in this post: Strawberry Basil Lemonade + 8 Health Benefits of Strawberries.

White background with an overhead photo of a jar of strawberry sauce with a spoon sticking out and a bundle of fresh tarragon on the side.

Strawberry Lemon Tarragon Sauce

An easy powererful sauce that can brighten your day! The strawberry and lemon flavor work extremely well to enhance your meal.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 product meyer lemon, Juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon, finely chopped fresh

Instructions

  • Melt coconut oil over medium high heat in a pan. Add sliced strawberries, lemon juice, maple syrup, and tarragon, and stir ingredients together in pan until mixture thickens {about 5 minutes}. Remove sauce from pan and serve warm, or place in refrigerator to chill for serving cold.

Notes

Ingredient Swaps and Options
  • Not strawberry season? Make this with frozen strawberries. Or you can make a luscious blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry sauce too.
  • Add in some lemon zest along with the lemon juice. Or add orange juice/zest to your strawberry sauce instead.
  • Swap out the tarragon with fresh mint or basil. Any other herbs you would add?
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract is an easy way to add a boost of flavor.
Serving Suggestions
  • Plain yogurt or cottage cheese
  • Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast
  • Angel Food Cake, Bundt Cake, Pound Cake
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • For a savory option, serve on top of a grilled cheese sandwich. SO GOOD!!!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, MIND Diet, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword strawberry sauce
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    Upon talking with Gretchen from Kumquat blog recently, I’ve been considering eliminating gluten for couple of months. I’ve been trying to get pregnant for several years now, and it was brought to my attention that I may have thyroid issues. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try as I’ve tried just about everything else at this point. I feel a bit overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin as I LOVE wheat…Anyway, your testimony is giving me that extra push that I need. You’re pretty amazing, EA, and I’m so so glad to hear that your healthier than ever now ^_^

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    Thanks for sharing your recipe, it sounds wonderful. I’m so excited for berry season!

    1. Love your sweet comment Gina-thank you!! Berry season is the best, right?!!!

  8. You and me both Terra :-). I haven’t cooked much with tarragon before, but it’s perfect with the strawberries and lemon. Thank you so much my friend, and hugs back!!

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