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Easy Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce: Microwave in 6 Minutes

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Preview: Try this Easy Strawberry Balsamic Sauce over some yogurt or ice cream. It’s made with fresh or frozen strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Use the microwave to make this reduction in 6 minutes.

Looking for a quick strawberry fix in the middle of the winter? Use frozen strawberries to make this easy strawberry balsamic glaze.

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 his 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.

How can I serve this strawberry sauce?

Some would call it a reduction but I call it perfect for pouring over yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, and waffles. Make this creamy strawberry yogurt salad dressing with it. Or try this strawberry muffin recipe that is a dupe for the ones at Central Market.

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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Yield: 1 cup

6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

6-Minute Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

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

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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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