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Microwave Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce in 6 Minustes

Try this 6-Minute Microwave Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce over some yogurt or ice cream. It’s made with fresh or frozen strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Use the microwave, and it will be done in 6 minutes.

6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce over yogurt

It can be difficult to find flavorful and reasonably priced strawberries in the wintertime.

So how’s a person to get their strawberry fix?

Try this strawberry balsamic sauce with frozen strawberries.

Frankly, if I can’t get good, fresh strawberries, frozen ones are not an option for me unless I’m making a smoothie.

Until now. When cooked in the microwave, frozen strawberries are transformed into a thick and richly flavored sauce.

Some would call it a reduction but I call it perfect for pouring over yogurt and ice cream. I can’t stop thinking of other possibilities such as pound cake or waffles.

What led me to this discovery was an assignment by the California Strawberry Commission to come up with a healthy recipe using frozen strawberries. Since smoothies and ice cream have already been done a few zillion times, I decided to try making a healthy strawberry dressing using strawberries prepared in a similar way.

How to make 6-Minute Microwave Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce in three easy steps:

chopped frozen strawberries
1. Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries–a little smaller than seen here.
adding balsamic vinegar
2. Place chopped strawberries into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.
microwave strawberry reduction - thickened strawberries
3. Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. The sauce thickens as it cools.

This will remind you of strawberry preserves. However, it’s a little thinner and not as sweet unless you add sugar or sweetener. If I want it sweeter, depending on what I’m serving it with, I  start with 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey or 2 packets of Splenda and go from there.

Shopping tip:  Frozen strawberries are significantly more economical in the big box stores.  Worth a trip.

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6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

A strawberry-balsamic reduction made quickly and easily in the microwave in 6 minutes.


  • 1-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 pkg sweetener, optional


  1. Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries.
  2. Place into nothing smaller than a 1-quart Pyrex bowl. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar to uncooked strawberries or leave it out if you prefer.
  3. Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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Kimberley Legaspi

Saturday 7th of March 2015

All I know, is I'm on WW, and I had most of these ingredients. Hubby is getting the ice cream / Greek yogurt at the store. Choosing to use a pan, and pure raw honey instead of sugar, which I will ad at the end. Bet it'll be wonderful!!! Thanks!

Mid Mod Tom

Tuesday 21st of February 2012

I couldn't cut my frozen strawberries when I made this on Saturday, so I put them (an entire bag of frozen strawberries mind you) and 1/2 cup balasmic in my 1 quart pyrex and cooked it on high for six minutes. After six minutes the berries were thawed and the sauce was hot. Then I pureed in my food processor and strained through a fine mesh sieve. I served this sauce with my no-baked white chocolate cheesecake at brunch on Sunday and everyone loved it. Thank you! Mine may have been a 9 minute sauce, but I sincerely appreciate the initial direction!


Wednesday 22nd of February 2012

Hi Tom, Your freezer must be colder than mine. If you plan to puree anyway, no need to chop, as you already figured out. Your cheesecake sounds fabulous and I can only imagine how good it was with the strawberry sauce. Glad you wrote back. pr

David R

Wednesday 25th of January 2012

I made this with frozen blackberries last night, added a little sugar, and it was an amazing add on to my morning waffles! thanks for the great and quick recipe! :D

Feast on the Cheap

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

What a treat! My goodness...I would stir this into just about anything


Sunday 15th of January 2012

Paula, just reporting back....

made it yesterday and LOVED IT! In my microwave it took just one minute longer to get the right texture. The flavor is amazing, I am enjoying it with yogurt and a little cereal - what a great breakfast item!

If my pictures turned out bearable, I will blog about it and of course give you all the credit!


Sunday 15th of January 2012

I agree about using it for breakfast. It's a great back-up plan when I have no fresh fruit in the house.