Strawberry Syrup Recipe (2024)





Move over, IHOP! My strawberry syrup is SO easy to make, and it takes only 4 INGREDIENTS! It’s perfect for pouring over the top of a big stack of pancakes.

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It’s strawberry season, and their prices are amazing! I recently paid $0.88 a pound, and pick up a ton for baking, freezing, making jam, and this strawberry syrup recipe.

I even tested a couple of ways to store strawberries, and the best method kept strawberries for nearly three weeks. Check out the post: How to Make Strawberries Last Longer.

I made 4 cups of this strawberry syrup recipe, and it disappeared within a week! We used it as strawberry pancake syrup, made strawberry milk, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry frappes.

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Making this strawberry syrup is SUPER easy. Plus, you need only four ingredients. Let me show you how!

How to make Strawberry Syrup:

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  1. Assemble your ingredients.
  2. Hull and cut the strawberries, and place everything into a large pot with a lid.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Cover and boil.
  5. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
  6. Pour the strawberry mixture in.
  7. Use a wooden spoon to press any liquid out of the strawberries.
  8. Return the strawberry liquid to the pot.
  9. Bring to a low boil—Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid reaches a syrupy consistency.
  10. Cool the mixture thoroughly. Store the syrup in sanitized glass jars or bottles.

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If you’re looking for more homemade syrup recipes, then try this buttery buttermilk syrup, lemon syrup, and blueberry syrup.Strawberry Syrup Recipe (6)

Cook’s Note – Strawberry Syrup Recipe:

  • The Vanilla Bean Paste is entirely optional in this recipe. I love the flavor it adds, but I like seeing those little vanilla seeds in my syrup. You can use a good-quality vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean paste.
  • This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, or at room temperature for a week.
  • This recipe makes about 4 cups of syrup. It can easily be halved or doubled!
  • Use this Strawberry Syrup to make my favorite Strawberry Lemonade recipe!

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Kitchen Equipment:

  • large pot with lid
  • strawberry huller
  • strainer
  • wooden spoon
  • syrup jars

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Strawberry Syrup Recipe

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Strawberry Syrup Recipe - it's SO easy, and you need only 4 ingredients! It's perfect for pouring over the top of a big stack of pancakes.


  • 8 cups (1 kilogram) strawberries hulled and sliced in half
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract


  • In a large, lidded pot add all the ingredients. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.

  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry mixture, and work the mixture through the strainer. Use a wooden spoon to press the strawberries to release their liquid. Place strawberry solids in a container to use later (perhaps freezer jam).

  • Return the strawberry liquid back to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low boil. Continue to boil, with the lid off, for about 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to a syrupy consistency.

  • Let the syrup cool to room temperature, about 1-2 hours (it will thicken even more as it cools). Finally, pour the syrup in sterilized jars or bottles.



This recipe makes about 4 cups of syrup.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Can you use raspberries instead of strawberries? Would it be the same amount?


    1. You bet! Just substitute equal amounts.




    1. I have not tested this recipe using sugar alternatives, but I’m sure it will work. You may need to cook the sauce longer to get it to thicken.


    2. Can I freeze the syrup?


      1. Yes, you can!


  3. Can you make this with other fruits that are in season like peaches or blueberries and would you use the same amounts of fruit and sugar? Also, can you use frozen fruit like strawberries, for example?


    1. Yes, you can use this recipe with other fruit. Use the same amount of sugar, and frozen fruit is ok.


  4. How long is it good for in fridge/freezer?


    1. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, or at room temperature for a week.


  5. Can you seal this in canning jars?


    1. Yes, you can!


  6. I love the taste of this syrup, not overly sweet, just right. I ended up allowing it to simmer a bit longer in order for it to simmer off some of the water to thicken slightly. I will make this again, but maybe add a little less water(?) to get a better consistency. Thank you for the recipe.


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Strawberry Syrup Recipe (2024)


Why is my strawberry syrup not thickening? ›

You will need to simmer the syrup longer to chicken because the frozen strawberries will release more water. If the syrup doesn't thicken to your liking, mix 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with ¼ cup water and stir it into the syrup and simmer another 5 minutes or so until thickened.

How long can homemade strawberry syrup last? ›

Homemade strawberry syrup, stored in a glass jar, will last up to 1 month in the refrigerator. If you want to keep it longer, you can process it in canning jars in a water bath; the process time is 15 minutes. Kept in a cool, dark place, canned syrup will last up to a year.

How to make long lasting simple syrup? ›

According to Camper English of Alcademics, the shelf life of simple syrup can be lengthened two ways: upping the ratio of sugar to water, or adding neutral spirit. The difference is surprising. Simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar to water) will only stay good for about a month.

Is strawberry syrup good for you? ›


It contains high quantities of manganese, potassium, iron and fiber. It is high in phenols (mainly anthocyanins that provide the red colour) and contains antioxidants, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and heart boosting elements, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for the eye-sight.

Why is my homemade syrup runny? ›

Boil it more. Maple syrup is typically boiled down to 219 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have syrup that was boiled to less than that, or you like your syrup thicker than standard, just put it in a pot on the stove and boil it to your desired temperature.

How do you know if syrup is thick enough? ›

Tip: To test that the syrup is thick enough to stick onto pancakes or waffles, dip a spoon into the syrup and then hold it above the saucepan. If the syrup falls off the spoon in slow ribbons, it is thick enough.

What happens if you don t refrigerate strawberry syrup after opening? ›

Like ketchup, we tend to refrigerate open bottles of syrup to keep them fresh but it's unnecessary. Because of the moisture content of syrup, it is immune to the bacteria growth.

Can make syrup go bad? ›

So does syrup ever go bad? The short answer is technically no, syrup does not expire and you can keep an unopened container of the stuff on your shelf indefinitely. That's due to the high sugar content of pure maple syrup, according to the experts at Ben's Sugar Shack, which produces syrup in New Hampshire.

Does homemade syrup go bad? ›

Unflavored syrup can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. However, flavored syrups (especially fruit-flavored) should be used within 2 weeks of when they're made. I usually keep mine in a mason jar but any airtight container with a good lid will work great.

Does adding vodka to simple syrup make it last longer? ›

Mix 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL) of vodka into your syrup before storing it in the fridge. It makes 1:1 refrigerated hot-process syrup last 3 months, and extends 2:1 refrigerated hot-process syrup past 6 months. Freeze hot- or cold-process simple syrup for up to one year.

Why is my homemade syrup hard? ›

Stirring or bumping the pot can result in sugar clumping together and hardening into crystals. If you're making syrup with water, stir the sugar into the water to fully dissolve it before you add heat. Use a clean spoon every time you need to stir. The same goes for candy thermometers and any utensils.

Why did my simple syrup mold? ›

One final tip, don't store simple syrup with a speed pour in the bottle. Even that small access to air will expedite the growth of mold. Always cover it when not using.

What are the disadvantages of simple syrup? ›

Disadvantages of Syrup
  • Syrup should only be used in moderation as part of a healthy diet because it is heavy in calories and sugar. ...
  • It can get pricey, particularly if you purchase premium speciality syrups. ...
  • Some syrups-like corn syrup, for example-are highly processed and could include artificial chemicals.

What drinks can be made from strawberry syrup? ›

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Does strawberry syrup expire? ›

It can be expected to last for about six months in the fridge. Of course, no recipe or storage method is perfect, and you should still keep an eye out for signs of spoilage whenever you are enjoying your fruit syrup to keep yourself from ingesting anything unpleasant or dangerous to your health.

How do you make syrup that doesn't harden? ›

So the answer is the length of time spent heating the sugar and water solution, which makes the syrup. To prevent the crystals from forming you need to prolong the heating or cooking time. Instead of just bringing the sugar and water to a boil you need to simmer it covered for 10 minutes.

Why is my syrup not sticky? ›

Stickiness of sugar syrups is directly correlated with syrup moisture content. Syrups made with higher DE corn syrup had higher tack force and work of adhesion. Particles added to the bulk of sugar syrups did not affect stickiness. Surface particle addition significantly decreased sugar syrup stickiness.

How do you fix crystalized syrup? ›

What to Do. To melt the lumps of sugar and return them to a liquid state, place your container of maple syrup in a pot of simmering water. Add 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 ml) of water to the syrup container per 1 cup (250 ml) of syrup and heat gently. You can also do this step in the microwave.

How do you thicken syrup fruit? ›

Simple syrup is just sugar and water. For a fruit syrup, you could cook fresh fruit down in water and strain it if you have enough fruit to do it, sure. The pectin in the fruit would help with thickening, but just make sure it doesn't condense down too much or you'll end up with jam.


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