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homemade strawberry puree in a glass bowl with a fresh strawberry in the side.

How to Make Strawberry Puree

Learn how to make Strawberry Puree! Perfect to add to your cake, cupcake, or cheesecake batter. It will add lots of strawberry flavor to your desserts, without adding extra moisture, and a lovely pink color!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 /2 cup or so of reduced strawberry puree
Calories 145kcal


  • 1 lb (450 gr) fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (see notes)


  • Add the strawberries to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. You will get about 1 1/4 cup.
  • Add the strawberry puree to a saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken and bubble, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the strawberry mixture to simmer for 15 -20 minutes until reduced to half; about 1/2 cup or so. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl, and set aside to cool.


IMPORTANT: This recipe is NOT meant to be used as a sauce to top desserts or ice cream. If you want a strawberry topping sauce, please use my Easy Strawberry Sauce Recipe.
Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. If strawberries are in season, I recommend using fresh strawberries, if not, frozen will work fine, but the puree will take longer to reduce. If using frozen allow defrosting before using.
Make-ahead: Since the strawberry puree needs to be completely cool before adding it to the batter or buttercream, I suggest getting started the day before. Just let the reduced strawberry puree sit in the refrigerator overnight. 
Store: You can store the strawberry puree in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Freeze: You can freeze leftover puree and defrost as you need it. To freeze, let the puree cold completely, then place it in an airtight container or freezing plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Read more freezing tips in the post content above.
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate, and it can vary depending on the products used.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 267mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg