Easy Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce: Microwave in 6 Minutes

Sneak 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.

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

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:

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1. Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries–a little smaller than seen here.
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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.
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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

Paula Rhodes
A strawberry-balsamic reduction made quickly and easily in the microwave in 6 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Sauces, Dressings and Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings (2 tablespoons)
Calories 16 kcal


  • 1-1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 pkg sweetener - optional


  • Chop 1-1/2 cup frozen berries.
  • 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.
  • Cook in the microwave for 6 minutes, UNCOVERED, no stirring necessary. Sauce thickens as it cools.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword strawberry balsamic sauce for ice cream, strawberry balsamic sauce in the microwave, strawberry balsamic sauce recipe, strawberry balsamic sauce with frozen strawberries
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  1. So easy and looks so good! Yum!

  2. This might even be a great salad dressing. I’m trying it today! Thanks 🙂

    1. Sarah, you are exactly right. Add some water, maybe lemon juice and some sort of herb such as basil or mint and you’ve got a winner.

  3. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Wow Paula! This sounds amazing – and it’s so pretty too!

  4. Mid Mod Tom says:

    I’m definitely going to make this. I think I would puree it as well. I think this would make a great gift sieved into a mason jar with a pretty label and a ribbon.

    1. Puréeing just adds another step but it would be wonderful. And I like your idea for gifts.

  5. Jodi @CaliforniaStrawberries says:

    Hi Paula,
    Thanks again for creating this wonderful strawberry sauce/dressing! We love your site and look forward to spending more time on your site! We posted a link to your post on our FB page today!
    Have a good day!

    1. Thanks so much Jodi. Had a great time playing with frozen strawberries. Paula

  6. What an interesting recipe, loved it, and intend to try it soon.

    Plus, the microwave trick is intriguing, I almost never use mine, just for the eventual warming up of leftover

    Loved the first photo, mouthwatering… 😉

  7. Your post over at California Strawberry was wonderful! I love all your salad ingredients you keep stocked at your workplace and the dressing looks delicious.

  8. TheKitchenWitch says:

    You’re a genius! I’m definitely trying this one.

  9. Yum Paula, this sauce sounds great and simple, it could go on so many things. I always enjoy your simple tips that make a big difference 🙂 have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Love the combo of strawberries and balsamic. Glad I have all the ingredients to make this:)

  11. Piper@GotItCookIt says:

    Fun idea… you know how much I like using stuff I have on hand, and I almost always have frozen strawberries in the freezer!!
    Normally, I am not the biggest balsamic fan, but with sweet strawberries it actually sounds good. I mostly object to the sweetness of balsamic on savory items like salads, but this SOUNDS NICE!

  12. 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!

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

  13. Feast on the Cheap says:

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

  14. 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! 😀

  15. Mid Mod Tom says:

    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!

    1. 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

  16. Kimberley Legaspi says:

    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!