Strawberry coulis is similar to my strawberry syrup recipe, but it is less sweet, which makes it a better candidate for use in other recipes. I also thicken it a bit with cornstarch to avoid a long cooking time that would dull the flavor and color.

Use the coulis to make strawberry mousse or no-churn strawberry ice cream, or use it on its own as an intensely strawberry-y dessert sauce.

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Strawberry Coulis, At a Glance

✅Skill Level: Beginner
✅Skills: Pureeing
✅Type: Dessert component/sauce
✅Number of Ingredients: 5
✅Prep Time: 10 minutes
✅Cook Time: 10 minutes
✅Yield: 16 oz of puree

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Tasting Notes

Strawberry coulis is nicely balanced and not too sweet. Both the granulated sugar and the white grape juice work together to yield a nuanced sweetness which is nicely balanced by the white balsamic vinegar.

This sauce has medium body thanks to cornstarch rather than reducing the fruit by too much.

Strawberry is especially prone to dulling upon long cooking, so using cornstarch accomplishes two goals:

  • It thickens the sauce in a short period of time
  • It allows the sauce to stay a lovely, brilliant red-pink as opposed to being a dull red.

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Ingredients and Substitutions

Labeled images of the ingredients needed to make strawberry coulis arranged on a white background: strawberries (fresh or frozen), granulated sugar, salt, balsamic vinegar, white grape juice, and cornstarch.
  • strawberries: Fresh or frozen will work since the sauce will be pureed anyway. Substitute any other berry or fruit that would work well as a sauce: blackberry, mango, passion fruit, raspberries, etc
  • granulated sugar: The amount of sugar provided is fairly minimal for the number of berries. That’s to ensure that each spoonful packs the maximum strawberry punch possible. If you’re looking for a sweeter sauce, try my strawberry syrup recipe
  • white grape juice: The liquid for cooking the berries. Substitute apple juice or a red juice like cran-strawberry. You can also just use water for the purest strawberry flavor. Note you will have to add a bit extra sugar to make up for the sugar you’d lose by subbing water for fruit juice
  • white balsamic vinegar: Balances the sauce with a sweet tang. Lemon juice or lime juice would both work as well
  • salt: Just a heavy pinch of salt helps to focus all the flavors and keep the coulis from reading as “flat”
  • cornstarch: Provides thickening and body without muddying the flavor of the sauce. Use just a couple of teaspoons if using as a plating sauce. Increase the cornstarch if using the coulis as a component in another recipe. The cornstarch helps bind the liquid to minimize any wateriness that might could otherwise happen over time

Note, this is NOT a classic coulis recipe. Coulis is generally a reduction sauce and doesn’t contain white grape juice.

But this recipe is a pureed and strained fruit sauce, so I think coulis is the best name for it. For a classic coulis and a look at the difference between a coulis and gastrique, you can read my post on coulis and gastrique.

Classic ingredients are:

  • berries
  • sugar
  • salt
  • lemon juice for balancing


This is a very straightforward sauce to make.

Whisk the cornstarch and white balsamic together, and put your strawberries, sugar, white grape juice, and salt in a pan.

Heat over medium heat, and mash the berries as they soften.

Once the sauce is at a simmer, use an immersion blender to puree it right in the pan. Alternatively, use a blender.

A collage of four images: 1)strawberries, sugar and grape juice in a pan with a small bowl of vinegar mixed with cornstarch next to it. 2)The strawberries beginning to cook in the pan. 3)A hand using a chopper to mash up the berries as they cook. 4)A stick blender in the pan blending the coulis smooth.

Once the sauce is pureed, stir in the cornstarch slurry, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to get out all the seeds, and you’re done!

A collage of 3 images and one block of text: 1)Pouring vinegar and cornstarch into the pan of simmering puree. 2)Stirring the puree to thicken. 3)The strawberry coulis in a glass bowl after being strained through a fine mesh strainer. 4) Text reads, "You can leave out the cornstarch if using the coulis as a stand-alone sauce. To make mousse or ice cream, the cornstarch helps bind extra liquid."

Recipe Variations (Make It Fancy)

Cook the strawberries with half a vanilla bean that you’ve slit open. You could also add some vanilla at the end of cooking.

Even fancier would be to add some black pepper after pureeing. Strawberry and black pepper are an excellent combination.

To bring an herbal note to your coulis, cook the strawberries with a little basil, culinary lavender, lemon mint, or lemongrass.

A Little Strawberry Coulis Q & A

How long will this keep in the fridge?

Since it’s a fairly low-sugar sauce, it’s best to use it within a week. You can freeze it in portions in an ice cube tray for up to 3 months.

Can I add some alcohol to it?

You could use a flavored vodka as the cooking liquid if you want to. The alcohol would release some alcohol-soluble flavor compounds in the berries, but note that with a relatively short cooking time, not much alcohol will cook out of your sauce.


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Strawberry Coulis Recipe

Jennifer Field
Strawberry coulis is intensely strawberry-y, not too sweet, and makes an excellent plating sauce or component in other strawberry desserts. The cornstarch in this version allows for a shorter cooking time to preserve the bright strawberry color while still achieving a sauce with plenty of body.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French-Inspired
Servings 16 oz
Calories 32 kcal


  • 1 pound strawberries 454 grams, washed and topped (weigh after topping)
  • 2.5 oz sugar 71 grams or about 1/3 cup
  • 2 oz white grape juice 57 grams or 1/4 cup
  • 1.5 oz white balsamic vinegar or lemon juice 43 grams or 3 Tablespoons
  • pinch kosher salt about 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2-4 teaspoons cornstarch (See NOTES) optional but great for body in a quick-cooking sauce


  • Put strawberries, sugar, white grape juice, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. In a small bowl, combine the white balsamic vinegar and cornstarch and whisk well.
  • Heat strawberry mixture over medium heat, chopping/smashing the berries as they soften and cook.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, then puree in the pan with an immersion blender.
  • Whisk the cornstarch/vinegar mixture again and add it to the pan.
  • Bring to a low boil, and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer, cool, and refrigerate for up to a week.

Did You Make Any Changes?



If you want to use your strawberry coulis as an ice cream sauce or for plating, use 2 teaspoons. This will give you a nice body that is easy to drizzle.
If you are using the coulis as a component in another dessert, use 4 teaspoons (1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon) to thicken it more and bind water so your dessert is less likely to weep over time.


Store in a clean or sterilized jar in the fridge for up to a week. To increase the keeping properties, you could increase the sugar, or just make the strawberry syrup recipe which is quite similar.


Serving: 1ozCalories: 32kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 50mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
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