Easy Raspberry Sauce Recipe - Sally's Baking Addiction (2024)

Makehomemade raspberry sauce(aka raspberry coulis) for your desserts or breakfast using fresh raspberries with this simple 4-ingredient recipe. When raspberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen raspberries. If you’re looking to fill a layer cake, use my thick raspberry cake filling instead.

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This raspberry dessert sauce is wonderful to have on hand, because you can use it to finish so many recipes, like cheesecake, brownies, pound cake, lemon cupcakes, or chocolate mousse pie. A homemade raspberry sauce can even turn a simple bowl of vanilla ice cream into a guest-worthy dessert. And don’t forget breakfast like pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or yogurt!

You could even try mixing it with some sparkling water, or include it in a co*cktail—the possibilities for this homemade berry sauce are endless!

Here’s Why You’ll Love This Raspberry Sauce

  • Fresh-tasting, a bit tangy, & not overly sweet
  • Just 4 easy ingredients plus water
  • You can use fresh or frozen raspberries… so convenient
  • Less than 10 minutes on the stove
  • Strain it or keep it thick & chunky
  • Like salted caramel & lemon curd, it’s extremely versatile and can be used on many dishes
  • So good on easy cheesecake pie!
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Grab These Ingredients:

  1. Water & Cornstarch: Cornstarch lightly thickens the sauce. You don’t need much, but you must combine it with a little water before using, otherwise you’ll have lumps of powdery cornstarch in your finished sauce. Cornstarch is typically mixed with water to make a “slurry” before using in sauces; see strawberry sauce and blueberry sauce as an example.
  2. Fresh or Frozen Raspberries: You’ll love that you can whip this sauce up in the summertime when berries are fresh in season, or in the middle of winter as the snow falls outside. I actually love this sauce with frozen raspberries because they’re typically frozen at their peak freshness and sweetness. Same story with my ultra thick raspberry cake filling. And I only use frozen berries in these raspberry sweet rolls.
  3. Sugar: Too much sugar can mask the natural berry flavors, so stick with only 1/4 cup (50g) in this recipe. If your raspberries are extremely tart, increase to 1/3 cup (67g). This isn’t jam, so we don’t need an onslaught of sugar.
  4. Lemon Juice: The sauce needs *something* to balance the berry and sugar, and lemon juice provides that hint of freshness. Do not leave it out or the sauce will taste pretty flat. You can also add a splash of vanilla extract once the sauce comes off heat. (Vanilla is optional, but tasty!)

Raspberries are so convenient—no chopping or peeling required.

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Just 4 Steps to Make This Raspberry Sauce

This raspberry sauce cooks on the stove in just under 10 minutes. It’s similar to the swirl recipe we use in these white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars.

  1. Combine ingredients together on the stove.
  2. Boil mixture while stirring occasionally.
  3. Optional: Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, to remove the seeds.
  4. Let cool.

Strained vs. Keeping the Seeds

When strained, this sauce is on the thin side, as sauces go, and great for drizzling. This strained version is also known as a raspberry coulis. If you’d prefer a thicker sauce and don’t mind the seeds, you can skip Step 3 altogether!

Here is a photo comparing the 2 consistencies:

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Mixture is very hot right off the stove:

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Strain the warm mixture with a fine mesh strainer:

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Or keep it chunky:

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This recipe yields about 1 cup of raspberry sauce if straining, or about 1 and 1/2 cups if not straining.

Uses for Raspberry Sauce

There are so many ways to enjoy this raspberry dessert sauce, and here are many suggestions:

  • Enjoy drizzled onscones, crepes, muffins,buttermilk waffles, orwhole wheat blueberry pancakes
  • Stir into yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal
  • Use as a filling forlemon cupcakes or lemon blueberry cupcakes
  • Use as a topping forcream cheese pound cake, ice cream, angel food cake,orpavlova
  • Serve with chocolate treats like brownies, chocolate cake, and flourless chocolate cake
  • Drizzle on choux pastry or cream puffs
  • Top cheesecake, lemon cheesecake, no bake cheesecake, and cheesecake pie (pictured below)
  • Spread onhomemade biscuits, croissants, and toasted English muffins
  • Stir a few spoonfuls into whipped cream or whipped frosting and use as garnish on desserts
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Can I Use This to Fill a Cake?

No, because it is too thin. Instead, try my raspberry cake filling.


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Raspberry Dessert Sauce

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  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup strained or 1.5 cups chunky
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
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This raspberry dessert sauce topping is fresh, quick, & easy and gives desserts and breakfast dishes that little something extra! You can use fresh or frozen raspberries.


  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups (about 12 ounces/375g) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (do not leave out)
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whisk the cornstarch and water together until all the cornstarch has dissolved. (I just use a fork to mix—very easy.) Combine cornstarch mixture, raspberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Using a silicone spatula, stir the mixture, lightly mashing the raspberries as they begin to heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it boil for 3 full minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat and—if desired for a richer flavor—stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Press the warm sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, if desired. I use the back of a spoon to press the liquid through the strainer, held over a bowl. It takes a couple minutes to really squeeze it all out.
  4. Feel free to serve warm over warm desserts, but it should be cooled to really thicken up. Cool the sauce completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools, but the strained version is still liquid and perfect for drizzling.
  5. Cover and store for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.


  1. Freezing Instructions: After the raspberry sauce cools completely, freeze in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3–6 months. Thaw on the counter or in the refrigerator. Warm up in the microwave or on the stove, if desired.
  2. Special Tools (affiliate links): Small Saucepan | Silicone Spatula | Fine Mesh Strainer
  3. Berries Are Tart: If your raspberries aren’t very sweet, you may want to increase the sugar to 1/3 cup (67g).
  4. Thicker Sauce: If you’d like a thicker sauce and don’t mind the raspberry seed texture, you can skip Step 3 completely, or even try pureeing the mixture in a blender instead of straining.
  5. Other Berries:You can substitute blackberries with no changes to the recipe. Or try these strawberry sauce and blueberry sauce recipes.

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Easy Raspberry Sauce Recipe - Sally's Baking Addiction (2024)


What is raspberry sauce made of? ›

Look for a raspberry sauce or coulis recipe - in general terms, you put raspberries (fresh or frozen), sugar, water, and lemon juice into a pan and bring to a light boil; separately, combine corn starch and water, add to the pan and continue boiling until it coats a spoon. Voila.

What to do with lots of raspberries? ›

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How can I thicken my raspberry coulis? ›

If the sauce is well-chilled you can add a bit of cornstarch and heat gently until it thickens. If it isn't chilled, mix the cornstarch with a bit of cold water, add it to the sauce and heat it until it thickens.

Where can I get raspberry coulis? ›

Sainsbury's Raspberry Coulis, Taste the Difference 250g | Sainsbury's.

Why is raspberry sauce called Melba? ›

Melba is a sauce made of pureed raspberries and is often used in desserts. According to Snopes, Melba sauce is named after Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer in the early 20th century.

What makes raspberry flavor? ›

The flavor and color do not derive from any species of raspberry, but rather the flavor was manufactured using "mostly esters of the banana, cherry, and pineapple variety." Sugar is commonly used to create taste appeal for the blue raspberry flavoring.

Can you eat too many raspberries in a day? ›

Can You Eat Too Many Raspberries? For most individuals, it's safe to consume raspberries daily.

Can I just freeze raspberries? ›

Freeze any raspberries you haven't used up after three days to extend their shelf life. Raspberries can be stored in the freezer for up to 12-18 months, which means you can keep them on hand all year long! Frozen raspberries are perfect for making a delicious smoothie, topping cereal or granola, baking pies and more.

What pairs well with raspberry? ›

Raspberry: Pairs well with other berries, almond, apricot, chocolate, cinnamon, citrus, ginger, hazelnut, mint, nectarine, peach, plum, rhubarb, thyme, and vanilla. You will find many raspberry co*cktails with brandy, Champagne, orange liqueurs, rum (especially the dark type), tequila, and sweeter red wines.

What is the difference between raspberry coulis and puree? ›

Where a sauce retains much of the pulp and often seed, a coulis is puréed and then strained through a fine mesh sieve for a thinner, silkier mixture. Typically, a coulis is also thickened with a cornstarch slurry, and butter is melted into it for a sweet, rich finish.

What is the difference between a raspberry coulis and a compote? ›

First, the simple answer to how they are different, Coulis is a French term for "strain" or "flow," and it comes out as a thick sauce with a smooth texture. Compote, on the other hand, is a French term that means "mixture," and it has a chunkier consistency.

How do you keep raspberries from getting mushy? ›

Keep them front and center in your refrigerator (between 32° and 34°F) where they'll be visible and easy to reach. This way, you'll use them before they have a chance to go bad. Do not store raspberries in the back of the refrigerator or in the crisper.

What is the difference between a purée sauce and a coulis? ›

Something that distinguishes coulis from other sauces is that the purée is not cooked. You might cook the fruit first, if it's necessary to soften it, but once it's soft you add optional ingredients, purée, strain and you're done.

What's the difference between a coulis and a sauce? ›

A coulis is a very dense sauce that can be savory or sweet depending on what dish it's being used in. Coulis can also mean the juices that run from meat when it's cooking, but when most people talk about a coulis, they're talking about a rich, thick, and flavorful sauce.

What is the difference between a coulis and a purée? ›

Puree vs coulis

While fruit compote can be thought of as being similar to fruit coulis, a coulis is usually cooked for a while longer to make the fruit very soft. The mixture is then pressed through a strainer to make a smooth puree or paste.

What is raspberry filling made of? ›

Making the raspberry filling

Add your raspberries and sugar to a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Heat your raspberry puree until it begins to bubble. Increase the heat to medium-high heat if needed. In a small bowl, combine the water and the ClearJel (or cornstarch) and mix until smooth.

What is raspberry liqueur made of? ›

What's Raspberry Liqueur? A liqueur is a sweetened liquor with added flavorings like coffee, walnuts, or fresh fruits. For this recipe, raspberries are macerated with sugar and vodka (and a vanilla bean pod, if you'd like) to draw out the fruit's natural juices.

What is raspberry pie filling made of? ›

Mix raspberries, sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl until raspberries are well coated; pour into pie crust and dot with butter. Cover filling with remaining pie crust; flute edges to seal. Brush cream on top, then cut several slits to allow steam to escape.

What is berry sauce made of? ›

Combine the berries, sugar, lemon zest and juice in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the berries burst and the liquid starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, forcing the berries through by pushing and scraping with a rubber spatula.


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