Easy Blueberry Sauce Recipe (2024)

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You’re 10 minutes away from serving a gorgeous blueberry sauce bursting with blueberries over pancakes, waffles, vegan ice cream, and more.

Serve this sauce over simple vegan pancakes to make breakfast something special!

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I’m always looking for simple hacks to transform my meals from good to great. What I’ve discovered is that toppings make all the difference. That’s why I love this homemade blueberry syrup recipe so much! It transforms something as simple as pancakes into a luxurious breakfast!

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What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Adding lemon juice brightens the flavor and cuts the sweetness of this sauce
  • Just enough sugar is added to sweeten the fruit without overpowering the flavor of the blueberries
  • Cornstarch is added to thicken the berries’ juices.
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Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Cornstarch — This my thickener of choice. Substitute arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.
  • Granulated sugar — for a healthy blueberry sauce, use either a zero-calorie sweetener (such as monkfruit) or use coconut sugar.
  • Water — adding just a bit of water creates a nice consistency.
  • Blueberries — Fresh or frozen blueberries work great.
  • Lemon juice — lemon and blueberries are a nice flavor combination and we’re adding just a bit of lemon juice (fresh or bottled) to enhance the sauce’s flavor.

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What Blueberries are Best for Blueberry Sauce?

When buying fresh blueberries, choose berries that are plump and smooth-skinned. The color of the berries is an indicator of ripeness (not the size of the berries), so choose berries that are deep purple-blue. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries with this recipe. Frozen blueberries are great because they’re frozen at the peak of ripeness, and they hold their shape better while cooking.

How to Make Blueberry Sauce

Let’s talk about making this blueberry reduction.

Here are two ways to make this tasty syrup:

  1. Stir cornstarch to a saucepan along with sugar and water.
  2. Add the blueberries.
  3. Stir it together and then turn up the heat up to medium to bring it to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for a minute or two until the sauce thickens.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice.
  6. Transfer it to a lidded jar and set it aside to cool completely.
  7. Add the lid and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Marly’s Tips

You can add different seasonings, such as a ½ teaspoon of vanilla, lemon zest, a few sprigs of dried thyme, rosemary, or even basil. There are lots of great flavor profiles that complement blueberries.

Making Blueberry Sauce in a Microwave

Here are the steps to make your blueberry sauce in the microwave:

  1. Use a sturdy pyrex measuring cup or a tall microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Stir together the ingredients as directed above.
  3. Microwave for one minute, then stir.
  4. Repeat this in 30-second increments until the sauce thickens.
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How to Enhance Blueberry Flavor

You can add a blueberry flavor boost by adding a bit of coriander to your blueberry sauce. I’d suggest adding no more than a quarter teaspoon of dried coriander is necessary. We want to enhance the flavor, not overwhelm it.

In addition, the lemon juice also helps enhance the flavor in this tasty blueberry sauce recipe.

Storage Tips

Once the sauce cools, pour it into a sealable container, like a mason jar and store it in the fridge. This sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Frequently-Asked Questions

How do you thicken a berry sauce?

Cornstarch is a great thickener for a berry sauce because it creates a perfect consistency. If your sauce is too thick, add a little more water or if it’s too thin, you can add cornstarch combined with water and bring the sauce to a boil.

How can I thicken sauce without cornstarch?

Cornstarch is a favorite thickener, but there are options you can use besides cornstarch. For example, agar agar flakes make a great zero carb thickener. You can also use arrowroot powder and even tapioca starch as a thickener.

Reader Reviews

First time in making a sauce like this. Easy and very good. I’ll be making it again.


I love this easy blueberry sauce. I cannot eat my waffles without it!

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How to Use Blueberry Sauce

There are so many ways to use a tasty blueberry topping. Drizzle it over:

  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Vegan Ice Cream
  • Vegan Cheesecake
  • Vegan Pound Cake
  • Banana Chia Pudding.

You can get creative with the ways you use this sauce.

More Berry Recipes

So, you’ve made this blueberry sauce for cheesecake, and now you’re ready for even more blueberry recipes. Here are some favorites to tickle your taste buds:

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Cake

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Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Here are even more delicious blueberry dessert recipes for your festive parties all year long!

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Easy Blueberry Sauce

Make this delicious blueberry sauce and use it as a topping for vegan cheesecake, pancakes, puddings, and more!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 74kcal

Author: Marly McMillen


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Prepare the blueberry sauce by adding the cornstarch to a saucepan.

  • Add sugar.

  • Now, stir in the water.

  • Add the blueberries.

  • Stir together then turn up the heat to bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for a minute or two until a thick sauce forms.

  • Remove from heat and gently stir in lemon juice.

  • Once the sauce cools, pour into a sealable container, like a mason jar, and store in the fridge.

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Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Easy Blueberry Sauce Recipe (2024)


How long do blueberries last in the fridge? ›

If properly stored, blueberries can last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, though to enjoy them at peak flavor and texture, eat them within a week. Blueberries can last up to 10 months in the freezer, though they peak around the 6-month mark.

How do you prepare blueberries for eating? ›

"If using a colander, you can move the berries with your hands for as long as needed to fully wash them," she adds. Once you've given berries a long, thorough rinse, dry them in the colander with a cloth or a paper towel. Then they're ready to eat!

What flavors go well with blueberries? ›

If you refer to the diagram above, you'll see that blueberries also have a certain malty scent, which pairs well with cherries, almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, bananas, lychees, avocados and elderflower.

How do you make blueberries taste good? ›

The simplest is simply to macerate them with sugar. Mix the berries with a few tablespoons of sugar and some citrus zest. Blueberries pair well with lime but orange or lemon would work as well. You'll want to mash a few berries to release the juice but leave most of them whole.

How do you know when blueberries have gone bad? ›

Check for existing mold

As soon as you get your hands on some blueberries, rifle through them a bit and make sure there aren't a few moldy berries hidden inside. If you spot one that's gone fuzzy or looks shriveled (which means it's on the brink of going bad), remove it immediately.

When should you throw out blueberries? ›

"If more than about a quarter of the berries are moldy, you're probably best off getting rid of all of those berries. But, if the rest are looking healthy, they're not bruised, they're not soft and there's no visible mold on them, they're probably OK to eat after you've washed them well," she says.

How many blueberries should you eat in a day? ›

How many blueberries can you eat a day? Generally, adding a 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries to your daily diet is a healthy and reasonable amount. Even 1/3 cup a day has been associated with a reduced disease risk. This amount provides a substantial dose of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

Why do you eat blueberries on an empty stomach? ›

It is a good idea to reach out for that bowl of blueberries which are high in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which are known for their brain-boosting properties. When eaten on an empty stomach, blueberries can prevent memory decline and also maintain blood sugar levels.

What happens if you don't wash your blueberries? ›

Calderwood told me via email, “fresh pack and fresh frozen growers preserve [this coating] because they are not washed.” Thanks to their protective coating, blueberries actually stay fresher longer if they aren't rinsed or washed before storing, but they should be washed just before eating.

What spice brings out the flavor of blueberries? ›

Apparently, coriander. The dried seeds of this common garden herb pack considerably more linalool than lavender does (the flavor's more subtle, too, so, it's a little easier to cook with). Blueberries, too. In fact, linalool is one of the key terpenes used when laboratories synthesize the flavor of blueberries.

How do you intensify blueberry flavor? ›

Citrusy and fresh green notes from cucumber helps to bring out the natural sweetness and fragrant floral notes in fresh blueberries.

What meat goes with blueberries? ›

When looking to pair the perfect food or beverage with these tasty wild berries, look no further than game meats. I like to cook game meats such as duck – which is rich in fat and umami – with Wild Blueberries because it contrasts the tannin and acidity of the berries and brings out their intense blueberry flavor.

What do coffee grounds do for blueberries? ›

Coffee grounds are highly acidic, they note, so they should be reserved for acid-loving plants like azaleas and blueberries. And if your soil is already high in nitrogen, the extra boost from coffee grounds could stunt the growth of fruits and flowers.

Is it OK to eat blueberries everyday? ›

More good news for blueberry lovers: aside from being generally safe to eat daily (unless you're allergic), they are low in calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, a one-cup serving of blueberries contains 25 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin C and 4 grams of dietary fiber and is only 80 calories.

What can I do with a lot of blueberries? ›

11 Ways to Use Blueberries
  1. co*cktails. Muddle the summer fruit in a gin-based pomegranate co*cktail, a refreshing limeade, or a simple bourbon old-fashioned.
  2. Infused booze. Soak mashed blueberries in vodka for two weeks, then strain twice. ...
  3. Syrup. ...
  4. Healthy PB&J. ...
  5. Salads. ...
  6. Barbecue sauce. ...
  7. Frozen Yogurt. ...
  8. Shortcakes.
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Can you eat week old blueberries? ›

It is generally not recommended to eat blueberries that are more than a week old, especially if they have been stored in the fridge. While it is possible that the blueberries may still be firm and not show any visible signs of spoilage, they may have lost much of their flavor and nutritional value over time.

Can you keep blueberries in the fridge for a month? ›

You can leave blueberries at room temperature if you plan to eat them in the next day or so, but after that you should transfer them to the fridge—they can stay there for five to 10 days. Of course, you can freeze them if you want to keep them longer than that. Frozen blueberries will last about six months.

How do you make blueberries last longer in the fridge? ›

Make sure you get your berries very dry, either by air drying on a clean towel or by gently patting dry, then store in the fridge in a container lined with dry paper towels.

How do you store blueberries so they last longer? ›

Do not use an airtight container since you want to keep moisture out, not trap it. Add the berries to the container, then place the container on a shelf in the refrigerator. A shelf is better than the refrigerator's crisper drawer because there's better air circulation.

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