Homemade Blueberry Sauce [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Homemade Blueberry Sauce is so easy to make with just blueberries, water, sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Perfect to be used on desserts and such a great addition to any brunch spread.

Since blueberries are in full bloom now, I thought it would be a great addition to make some blueberry sauce. The sauce can go on anything: ice cream,  Blueberry Cheesecake or Whipped Blueberry Butter.

Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Homemade Blueberry Sauce with sweet hints of vanilla is so easy to make. You just have to watch the blueberries cook slowly and turn into a beautiful deep purple color.

And I must say, this sauce is good not only in desserts, but it’s also great on toast, delicious when combined with a Peanut Butter and banana sandwich. Also on savory dishes, like pork loin with grilled peaches and blueberry sauce.

I like the sauce on the thick side, not too runny, so adding cornstarch is key. If you plan on using this sauce with savory dishes, I would recommend reducing the vanilla flavor.

Similarly, if you are looking for a kick, add some lemon zest, for some freshness and aroma. The lemon zest will fit perfectly with the mix.

Blueberry Sauce

This sauce is gorgeous, the blueberries stayed whole, nice and juicy, the sauce is sweet, comforting, easy to make and stores well for a few weeks in the fridge.

I specifically made a bigger batch, since I am sure we will devour it gladly and use it in many recipes, or with just some wine and cheese. Wine, cheese and homemade blueberry sauce is always a good idea!

Blueberry Benefits:

Blueberries are rich in a compound called Flavonoid that has a powerful antioxidant effect.

Many studies have suggested that incorporating blueberries in your diet may help decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. They may also promote hair and skin health, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Consuming the fresh berries is usually the best, as one study showed that over the course of 6 months in storage, the anthocyanin degraded by 59 percent.

What do you need to make Homemade Blueberry Sauce?

  1. Fresh or frozen blueberries
  2. Water
  3. Sugar
  4. Cornstarch
  5. Vanilla extract or Lemon Juice
  6. Lemon zest, optional

Blueberry Sauce

How to thicken the sauce with our flour or cornstarch?

To thicken the sauce I sully use cornstarch, but if you don’t have any on hand or you are trying to avoid it, you can make a slurry with arrowroot powder.

Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons with an equal amount of water and once dissolved stir it into the sauce, simmer until it thickens.

How to make lemon zest

Follow the easy steps below:

  • First, rinse the lemon.
  • Then, set your tool over a cutting board. A Microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Next, grate the yellow skin of the lemon only. Grate just enough to get through the yellow skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the lemon and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the lemon and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

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Homemade Blueberry Sauce
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 15 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 cups  blueberries  (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cups  water 
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar 
  • 6 tablespoons  cornstarch  (mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water)
  • 2 tablespoons  vanilla extract 

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, water and sugar. Stir frequently, but careful not to crush the berries, bring to a low boil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with cold water until combined.
  3. Slowly stir the cornstarch slurry into the blueberries, careful not to crush them. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 10 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla.
Calories: 128 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 0 Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 2 Potassium: 48 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 26 Vitamin A: 30 Vitamin C: 5.8 Calcium: 4 Iron: 0.2
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Oh I think I could just eat this with a spoon, Katalina! I've made blueberry sauce for pancakes before, so I will have to try your recipe out. Looks just perfect! And such a great recipe to use up all those fresh blueberries I've been buying!

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You have to try in Gayle if you like blueberry sauce, its really good, and I actually eat it by spoon lol

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Emanuele @ guyslovecooking

I like productive days, especially when at the end of the day I realize I was in-fact productive :) Lovely sauce...Mmmmm

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Totally agree, proactive days are the best, and I feel so accomplished after them :)

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Sues

I want to put this blueberry sauce on basically everyyyything. How beautiful!!

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I feel the same way Sues!

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Joanne/WineLady Cooks

I love making fresh fruit sauces and compotes. They add a surprise and sweetness to dress up favorite dishes everyday dishes. Pinned/shared.

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Many thanks Joanne!

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Vineetha @ Mint and Mimosas

This looks great! This would be perfect on top of some vanilla ice cream or pound cake, or even pancakes! I wouldn't have thought of altering it to be a topping for a savory dish, what a great idea. Hope your week gets better!

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Thanks Vineetha, you are so right, a little warm on some vanilla ice cream it will be perfection!

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leaf (the indolent cook)

Love how juicy this looks, and the blueberries are still distinct. And I totally get what you mean about the cooking process being therapeutic! There's something really lovely about cooking fruit.

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Hi Leaf, yes, I tried to be very careful not to crush them so the berries stayed mostly intact and juicy!

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Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

Girl, I could just eat that blueberry sauce with a spoon! It's GEORGEOUS! I can't wait to see what you did with the cake. I'm sorry that you had some stress and emergencies. I hope you have good days now!

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Thanks Rachelle, yes I hope this week is a good one, at least I am trying my best to make it that way :) The cake is coming soon!

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Tandy | Lavender and Lime

I love blueberry sauce, and I am sure that the vanilla offers a perfect tone to the flavour :)

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Thanks Tandy! :)

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Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

I adore the surplus of plump and delicious blueberries this time of year. My only problem I that I purchase and hoard wayyyyyyy to many. Therefore, I'm always looking for a great way to use them up! LOVE this blueberry sauce with a hint of yummy 'nilla flavor! I absolutely agree that making sauces is therapeutic.. i even wrote a post about my love of sauces a while back! Lol. I never would have thought to pair this with a PB and banana sammie- I'll bet it's fantastic!!! I hope this week brings you more peace and good times and that whatever happened over the weekend stays in the past! Cheers to a beautiful week- with this blueberry sauce I'd have to say you must be off to a good start! ♡

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Thanks Cheyanne, so far yesterday was good, so I have major hopes for a great week! If this go wrong, I will eat more blueberry sauce to make life sweeter :)

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Heather - Butter & burlap

Uhm yea, this sauce is definitely GORGEOUS! I'm in love! Can't wait to try it!

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Thanks Heather!

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Amber Shannon

That sauce looks delicious and sounds soooo yum!! Can't wait to hear about your blueberry cake!! Excuse me while I clean up my drool...♥ Amber All the Cute Recent Post: The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakes Theater on Navy Pier

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LOL Thank you Amber, the cake is coming tomorrow :)

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Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

I love base recipes like this! They are so great because you can do so much with them!

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Hi Shelby, you are so right, I like the versatility of this type of recipes.

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Megan {Country Cleaver}

This looks like it would be perfect poured on anything!!! Especially ice cream!

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Thanks Megan!

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Sara | Belly Rumbles

Love blueberries just as they are. Pop them in the mouth and eat. But how glorious does your blueberry sauce look! I could see myself drizzling this over and down a stack of flapjacks.

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