cherry sauce

Homemade Cherry Sauce

Homemade cherry sauce is a delicious and easy to make recipe. It’s great for holiday entertaining, or even the everyday meal!

Homemade cherry sauce is a simple and easy to make recipe. It’s also delicious on waffles, cheesecakes or on any kind of bread. It’s easy to make and goes perfectly with everything.

cherry sauce

This dessert sauce is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, wheat-free, and egg-free and all you need is FIVE simple ingredients: frozen cherries, water, cornstarch (or arrowroot starch), fresh lemon juice, and sugar.

Cherry Sauce Recipe

It is a non complicated recipe, made with simple things and yummy in taste. It’s an amazing dessert sauce which is loved by all age groups.

Preparation Time: 15Min. Cooking Time: 15Min. Yield: 10


  • 550 g fresh red cherries, pitted 
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 2-3 teaspoons cornstarch


  • Add water, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice to a small pot. Whisk until no cornstarch lumps remain.
  • Place pot over medium heat and whisk mixture continuously until it starts to thicken, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add frozen cherries and stir. When mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pot. Continue simmering until the sauce has thickened and looks glossy.
  • After the time has passed, remove the pot from the stove and allow the sauce to cool completely in the pot.
  • Once cooled, place the cherry sauce in a jar, cover, and refrigerate.

Nutritional Value: 55cal./serving

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How to store

If there is leftover from this recipe than you can store it in an air-tight container for 3-4 days. It contains cornstarch so it will not taste good after storing for long.


  1. The sauce will thicken more as it cools and will thicken even more after being refrigerated so keep the consistency accordingly.
  2. Arrowroot starch can be used instead of cornstarch.
  3. To Make with Fresh Cherries: Remove all pits, and use only ⅓ cup of water and start with less sugar. The amount you add will depend on the sweetness of your cherries. Reduce simmer time by a minute or two.
  4. Since the Cherry Sauce is usually served over a sweet dessert, we love that it is a little tangy. If you prefer a sweeter cherry pie filling, be sure to add a little more sugar to sweeten the mixture.
  5. The taste of sauce will be much tangier and flavorful with fresh cherries instead of frozen ones.