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Easy Homemade Cherry Sauce

  • Author: Allison Ferraro
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


This easy homemade cherry sauce recipe uses fresh sweet cherries for a simple, not-too-sweet cherry sauce that's perfect for topping ice cream, cheesecake, and so much more!



  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 lb. (about 3 cups) fresh sweet cherries, washed and pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and cornstarch and stir until smooth.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add pitted cherries, water, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
  3. When the cherry mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the lemon juice mixture.
  4. Return the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook the sauce for 1 minute, while continuing to stir constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Transfer the cherry sauce to a jar and let it cool to room temperature before using or before sealing and storing for later use.


Storage: Store cherry sauce in a jar or other airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: cherry sauce, easy, homemade, from scratch, cherry topping