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Warm berry sauce poured over cold ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. I make this sauce year-round and every time I serve it, it gets raves.

This fruit sauce might be the simplest recipe I keep in my dessert recipe notebook. I scribbled it out on a scrap of paper almost 25 years ago while I was visiting a friend.

Homemade Berry Sauce

Berry Sauce from Frozen Berries

We were dishing up bowls of ice cream and her husband told us to wait a minute.

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He combined some frozen fruit and a bit of sugar in a saucepan, simmered a few minutes, and then transformed that basic bowl of ice cream into something much more elegant.

I was speechless (yes, imagine that) over the difference the warm fruit sauce made over that dish of ice cream. Sweet berry flavor turned the easy dessert into a cold creamy bowl of heaven.

My whole family gets excited when I pull berries out of the freezer along with a tub of ice cream. Not only is the flavor delicious, but the contrast of warm and cold temperatures is also divine.

I’m all about simple and hassle-free ways to turn basic treats into something that feels a bit more special and this mixed berry sauce does just that.

Berry Sauce for Ice Cream

With so many possible combinations of berries and fruits to use in this sauce, I never get bored with it either.

Lest you think this sauce is only good as an ice cream topping, I also poured this over the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake I made last week. From topping cheesecakes to Greek yogurt to mousse cups or pudding, this berry sauce makes everything better.

Easy stovetop Berry Sauce

Fruit Topping

I’ve made this simple fruit sauce topping countless times over the years, using whichever fruits I happened to have in the freezer at the time. Cherries, strawberries, and blueberries are all perfect in this topping.

I’ve also used raspberries for a slightly tarter variation on the original berry sauce. A mix of different berries is my favorite combination, the different fruit flavors always combine so well together.

Whatever berries or cherries you happen to have stored away in your freezer are sure to work well in this sauce! It’s so versatile and makes even the simplest desserts something special.

Berry Sauce Recipe

Making this berry sauce is so easy it hardly requires a recipe at all. I’ve played with different proportions of sugar and berries and still think the original is just perfect.

This sauce is as easy as combining berries and sugar in a pan. Put frozen berries and a big scoop of granulated sugar in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir the berries occasionally until they soften and everything starts to meld together.

Turn the heat up to medium once the berries are completely thawed and soft. Use a potato masher to mash the berries and stir constantly while the berries simmer, for about 2 minutes.

If you don’t have a potato masher, a sturdy fork or the back of a spoon will work too. Mash the berries until there are no big chunks of berries left.

Berry Sauce recipe

Serve this sauce warm poured right on top of Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream or Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream. It also makes a great ice cream sundae topping along with crushed nuts and homemade Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.

Homemade sauce is worlds better than anything you can buy from the store and comes together in just a few minutes.

You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge so it’s ready to go anytime you need it. This sauce will keep well in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.

Mixed Berry Ice Cream Sauce

Fruit Topping for Cheesecake

Berry sauce is also my secret to turning a plain cheesecake into an elegant treat. Turn your vanilla cheesecake into a blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, or cherry cheesecake just by pouring this sauce on top.

When using the sauce for cheesecake, let it cool to room temperature first. The combination of flavors is phenomenal!

There are no limits to the number of ways you can use this sweet and simple berry sauce. Add some excitement to a Yogurt Parfait, drizzle over Whole Wheat Pancakes or mix it into a cup of Vanilla Pudding.

Once you have this sauce tucked into the fridge, I highly recommend making a batch of Mixed Berry Ice Cream. I’m so very glad I scribbled down this recipe all those years ago!

I’ve never served this simple berry sauce to guests without rave reviews. There is something heavenly about the way the warm fruits melt down into the cold ice cream or spreads over a slice of creamy cheesecake. You’re going to love this!

Looking for more berry ice cream recipes? Creamy and rich with an abundance of chocolate chunks that melt in your mouth, Black Raspberry Ice Cream is as iconic a flavor in Ohio as the chocolate and peanut butter “Buckeye” flavors that are also popular in every ice cream shop here.

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Homemade Berry Sauce

Berry Sauce

5 from 19 votes
Warm Berry Sauce poured over cold ice cream is truly one of my favorite desserts. I make this sauce year-round and every time I serve it, it gets raves.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (about ¼ cup size)


  • 2 cups frozen berries (I typically use a mixture of cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.)
  • cup sugar


  • Place the frozen fruit and the sugar in a small saucepan. Set the heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the berries have softened. This should take between 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the berries are mostly thawed, increase the heat to medium. Mash them with a potato masher and stir constantly while the liquid simmers for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the warm mixture over vanilla ice cream or let cool and then serve with the dessert of your choice. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!


Calories: 69kcal · Carbohydrates: 17g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 1g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Sodium: 1mg · Potassium: 28mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 15g · Vitamin A: 24IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 4mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 2/20/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/14/23}

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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Pam says

    I’m wondering about taking advantage of the abundantly available berries in the summer and canning this sauce…..?5 stars

  2. Denise says

    I made the ice çream and berry sauce. It was to die for.!!! I finally found my comfort food. I had straight cherries 🍒🍒instead of mixed berries for the sauce🥘🧁. AWESOME 🍨5 stars

  3. Sabrina says

    So simple and easy to make. I’ve used it for cheesecake and thumbprint cookies. Everyone who’s tried both desserts absolutely love the flavor this berry sauce gives.5 stars

  4. Audrey says

    I can’t wait to make this today !!! I always have a bag of frozen berries on hand for my smoothies! This will be awesome on my vanilla frozen yogurt!! I’ll sub sugar for Splenda to have all the pleasure and zero guilt haha!!!!👍5 stars

  5. Kerry D Taylor says

    I made a half pint jar of this using blueberries, blackberries and red raspberries from my garden. I served over plain Greek yogurt and nuked it to serve warmed over vanilla ice cream. Every single bite was pure heaven.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi, Rosalee! I haven’t tried using agave in this recipe before, but it’s worth a try. If you decide to make the berry sauce with agave, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy, and happy cooking.

  6. Jan says

    First time making this sauce. Used frozen blueberries and more of frozen raspberries. Found it a bit tart for my purpose to drizzle on angel food cake. So, I added just less than a teaspoon of raw honey. This smoothed the tartness to subtle.5 stars

  7. Amelia says

    I put this on waffles; it was a perfect way to use the frozen berries we always have in the back of our freezer. I did add a cornstarch solution, and that made it a jam-like consistency, which was so perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe; it was so easy to make and delicious.5 stars