Fresh Cherry Sauce
Fresh Cherry Sauce (cherry compote!) is one of my favorite way to cook with fresh cherries. It's a super easy to make and versatile summer recipe that is delicious spooned over everything from grilled meat to ice cream.
There are few things better than fresh summer fruit. On a recent visit, my dad showed up with a big box of tree-ripened bing cherries. They're my favorite. After living off of nothing but cherries for a few days, I made my once a year cherry pie. With a still half-full box I knew that this sauce was next on the list of cherry recipes I had to make.
Why we love this fresh cherry sauce
- Sweet summer cherries = little bites of magic.
- Ridiculously easy to make.
- It's a super versatile sauce. We love it spooned over vanilla ice cream the best, but it's also delicious with grilled or baked meat.
- I like to make it with fresh summer cherries, but the recipe works just as well with frozen cherries.
- A refined sugar-free treat that puts a smile on your face every time you eat it. ♥
How to make cherry compote?
Making cherry compote (or cherry sauce) is super easy. Are you ready for it?
- Put the cherries in a pot with some (coconut) sugar, water, and a tiny pinch of salt.
- Simmer the cherries for 5 minutes.
- Stir a little tapioca starch or cornstarch mixed with water in the cherry sauce to thicken it just a little.
What if I don't have fresh cherries?
While I love fresh cherries, frozen cherries work just as well in this recipe. The only thing you'll need to do is add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.
Should I add butter to my cherry sauce?
Many cherry sauce recipes call for butter. But here's the thing … I think that fresh cherry sauce is better with no butter. And this is coming from someone who LOVES butter. When you add butter to cherry sauce it becomes less fresh tasting.
Cherry sauce is one of the very few examples of recipes that are better without the richness of butter.
Does the cherry sauce need water?
Yes! Unlike some fruit, cherries release very little liquid when they're cooked. As you want this to be a sauce (and not cherry jam) you'll need to add some water to the pot.
How to serve this fresh cherry topping recipe?
Our favorite way to serve this cherry topping is to spoon it over vanilla ice cream. We often eat it with Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream. It's delicious!
Spoon some cherry sauce over top of these desserts:
- Panna cotta
- Chocolate pie
- Creme brulee
Or serve this cherry sauce with these savory recipes:
- Roast chicken
- Grilled pork chops
- Lamb chops (similar to the raspberry sauce in this seared lamb chops recipe)
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Favorite Cherry Recipes
- Arugula and Fresh Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans
- Coconut Cherry Ice Cream (vegan + paleo)
- Boozy Cherry Garcia Ice Cream (vegan + paleo)
- Easy Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie
- Gluten-Free Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Fresh Cherry Sauce Recipe
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- 2 packed cups of pitted cherries, 1 lb.
- ½ cup water, divided
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, or prefered sweetener
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
- Cut half the pitted cherries in half. Leave the other half whole.2 packed cups of pitted cherries
- Add the pitted cherries, ¼ cup of the water, sugar, and salt to a small pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the cherries are soft.2 tablespoons coconut sugar, A pinch of salt
- Whisk the tapioca starch with the remaining ¼ cup of water and add it to the pot. Stir until it thickens then remove the pot from the heat.1 teaspoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
Made this cherry sauce today. Used half Splenda and half regular sugar. Didn’t have a cherry pitter but had a good stiff plastic straw,…worked great. I will freeze couple bottles for later.
Can this cherry sauce be canned? I have read some suggest to freeze extra but I dont have freezer space and prefer to can. So how long in the water bath?
While I haven’t tried it, I would think that it would can beautifully. Usually, jars of jam are boiled for 5 minutes and I think it would be the same time for this sauce. 🙂
Cherry Compote is great on meatloaf. My mother made it from canned tart cherries with sugar added and it was great on the meatloaf.
That’s a great serving suggestion!